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67 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT, 05701
United States

(802) 417-1528

Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) promotes local food knowledge, production and market opportunities for farmers and community members throughout our region.

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Merck Forest and Farmland Center Looking for 2015 Apprentices

Jen Miller

Three Positions Available: January-December, 2015 Merck’s Apprenticeship Program is a yearlong opportunity to be immersed in an educational non-profit, whose mission is to teach and demonstrate sustainable management of forest and farmland. Apprentices’ time will be spent learning the concepts and practices of sustainable land management, while also having a hand in Merck’s day-to-day operations.

This position is a great opportunity for recent college graduates that are interested in pursuing a career in agriculture, farm-based education, forest management or those wanting to work in the non-profit sector.

Program Areas:

o Farm planning and production. Skills include driving and farming with draft horses, animal husbandry, gardening, tractor operation, facilities and equipment maintenance

o Maple sugaring

o Forest management and trail maintenance

o Theories and practices of place-based education

o Leading school and volunteer groups

o Involvement with community events and workshops

o Opportunities for professional development

Compensation:

Vermont minimum wage for 40 hours/week, on-site housing, farm raised eggs and meat when available, and access to garden space for growing vegetables.

Qualifications:

Applicants must be a minimum of 21 years old and be dedicated, motivated, physically active people, who enjoy working outdoors in all types of weather.  They also need a strong willingness to learn, and openness to teach others. A valid driver’s license is required. Must be able to lift up to 50lbs.  Teaching experience and working on a farm with equipment and/or animals is preferred, but not necessary. No pets allowed and we prefer that couples do not apply.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to tim@merckforest.org.   Deadline for submitting applications is October 1, 2014.