2017 Conservation Farm Internship


Native Seeds/SEARCH, a non‐profit seed conservation organization, is seeking applicants for our internship at our Conservation Farm in Patagonia, AZ. This internship will provide a unique and intensive learning opportunity for individuals interested in seed conservation and regionally adapted dryland agricultural systems in the Greater Southwest.

What Will the Interns Do?

  • Contribute to crop conservation activities at the NS/S Conservation Farm. Activities will include practical agricultural work such as planting, cultivation, and harvesting; as well as seed-specific work such as pollination, seed processing, record keeping, and database entry.
  • Participate in crop characterization by taking photos and keeping written records.
  • Learn seed saving protocols through hands‐on conservation work with NS/S crop accessions grown at the Conservation Center and Farm.
  • Gain training and experience in a wide diversity of topics related to crop conservation, from plant biology to arid‐land agriculture, and the roles that other aspects of the Native Seeds/SEARCH organization play in supporting our mission.
  • Participate in NS/S outreach events and occasional public demonstrations and tours.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability and commitment to broadly share knowledge gained in the internship program within Native communities. Previous or existing experience and relationships with Native communities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Previous farming or gardening experience is a major plus.
  • Ability to perform manual labor and work in climatically challenging environments (tolerate cold, heat, rainfall, etc.)
  • Ability to lift 50lbs and sit or stand for long periods of time.
  • Basic computer skills, including an ability to use a computer for word processing, spreadsheet and database entry.

Program Duration & Benefits:

NS/S internship positions are full-time paid positions. Compensation is $10 per hour 40 hours per week for 6 months (from May – November, first day of work is May 8th, 2017). Interns will work a regular Monday-Friday schedule at the Conservation Farm located in Patagonia, Arizona, with adjustments to accommodate early start farm work.

A monthly housing stipend of $600 and monthly meal stipend of $130 will be provided.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter detailing 1) why you are interested in the internship program, 2) what you hope to learn, 3) how you hope to take the skills and knowledge gained during the program and apply it in Native communities, and 4) how you meet the required qualifications by 5:00 PM, April 18th, 2017.

Please also include a resume listing your previous employment, relevant experience and skills. Also include your contact information, the contact information for 2-3 professional references who we may contact, and a brief explanation of the context in which you worked with them.

To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to employment@nativeseeds.org or mail to Native Seeds/SEARCH, 3584 E River Road, Tucson AZ 85718 Attn: Conservation Internship. Visit our website at www.nativeseeds.org for more information about our programs.

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