California: The Ceres Center seeks three Sustainable Agriculture Interns

16 Apr
The Sustainable Agriculture Intern will be involved in all aspects of the land, garden, and facilities of the Ceres Center. The Ceres Center is a small (6 acre) semi urban farm that was formerly used as a Heifer International Learning Center. It is now operated by the West Modesto/ King Kennedy Neighborhood Collaborative as part of their effort to provide affordable and healthy food to their community. Produce is sold at the West Modesto Certified Farmer’s Market during summer months, and a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) vegetable basket subscription program will be starting this summer. This is a unique opportunity to work in sustainable agriculture and vegetable production in a non-profit, community based environment. Previous experience in organic crop production, pest control, soil fertility, irrigation systems, and safe operation of farm equipment is desired but not required. 

Reports to: Farm Manager
Work Period: To be set after discussion with intern.
Work Week: 20-25 hours per week, hours and schedule to be set after discussion with intern.
Compensation: Intern position is unpaid. Internship may qualify for 
college internship class credit.

*Housing, utilities, and seasonal garden produce available*


  • Work with farm manager and other interns, staff, partners, and/or volunteers to maintain vegetable gardens, including seeding, transplanting, weeding, irrigation, pest control and harvesting.
  • Participate in marketing of produce through washing, packing and transporting produce for farmer’s market and CSA, and attending weekly farmer’s market.
  • Work with summer youth employees on farm, providing direction and educating them about farming.
  • Carry out activities of organic farm plan, likely including seeding, mowing, and tilling cover crops; applying organic soil amendments to fields, etc.
  • Assist with maintenance and repairs of farm facilities, such as barn and greenhouse, and equipment such as tractor, implements, rototillers, field tools, shop tools, etc.
  • Help with farm composting as appropriate.
  • Irrigate fields and grounds as needed.
  • Monitor and control soil and crop pests and diseases using organic practices.
  • Help to maintain landscaping around the site.
  • Care for a variety of fruit trees on the property.
  • Assist with recordkeeping as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities desired:

  • Willingness and ability to assist in all labor functions associated with taking care of Ceres Center
  • Willingness to work outdoors during hot weather in the summer and cold foggy weather in winter.
  • Must have a strong desire to learn the nuts and bolts of sustainable agriculture and local food access.
  • Knowledge of or desire to learn about fruit tree care.
  • Previous gardening and/or horticultural experience desired but not required.
  • Must be willing and able to maintain positive communication channels with a diverse (gender, ethnic, age, religion, etc.) group of co-workers and visitors.
  • Willingness to share housing and participate in housekeeping chores.
  • Must be 18 years or older.

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