Periodic Internship Opportunities

This is a general, static announcement describing the opportunities that are sometimes available. Depending on when you read this, there may not be current openings. If you are potentially interested to intern with us in the future, please contact us, especially if you happen to be in the neighborhood and would like to visit.

The Farmscape Ecology Program is dedicated to exploring the human and natural dimensions of the landscape of Columbia County, NY through research and outreach. Our interdisciplinary research focuses on historical, current and potential future interactions of people with the land. Agroecology plays a large part in our current work. The Program is part of Hawthorne Valley Association, an educational non-profit, located in the center of Columbia County, and is comprised of botanist Claudia Knab-Vispo, social scientist Anna Duhon, wildlife ecologist Conrad Vispo, and technician Dylan Cipkowski.

Each Summer, we usually hire 1-3 interns for a minimum of three months. At times, the stay is extended to 6 months or more by mutual agreement. Work differs from summer to summer, but usually involves a mix of fieldwork and office work.

Qualifications: We are looking for candidates with a broad interest in nature and how people interact with it.  The candidate should have strong writing and research skills, be comfortable in a rural environment, be energetic, and thrive out-doors even when the going gets rough. Given the work environment, it is important that the candidate is sociable and happy around dogs, able to interact with a diverse range of people of all ages, self-motivated and can work independently with attention to detail. Most importantly, we are looking for people who are eager to learn and willing to ask questions.

We expect the candidates to have basic computer skills (Word, Excel). Experience with GIS software and social media would be a plus.

General Arrangements

Location & Hours: The internship is based at Hawthorne Valley Farm, a 400-acre organic and biodynamic diversified farm located in the heart of Columbia County, NY, in the southeastern corner of Ghent. Interns will be expected to work at least five days per week, including the option of working half a day a week in the Hawthorne Valley Farm gardens (in order to obtain some hands-on farming experience). Occasional weekend and after-hours work might be requested, but the basic internship is organized around a 40 to 45-hour work week.

Compensation: $700/month stipend. Free on-farm housing in a 3-bedroom apartment shared with two other people is an option.

Application Process: Please send a CV including contact information for three references along with a cover letter explaining your interest in the internship, including the types of research you feel most drawn to and qualified for to or to FEP, 1075 Harlemville Road, Ghent NY 12075. Potentially suitable applicants will be interviewed by phone, and typically a personal visit to the Farm is requested before we make a final commitment.

Please don’t hesitate to call Claudia or Anna at (518) 672-7994 or email if you think you might be interested in applying, but have questions.