Internships

For Milwaukee:
We are accepting 3-month option applications at this time.

Growing Power is a non-profit 501(c)3 farm and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities.

Internship Description
The Growing Power internship requires a three-month commitment with the expectation that interns work 6 days per week, averaging 60 hours of work in a dynamic work environment. Farming is hard work, therefore all interns must have a positive attitude, an ability to receive constructive criticism and a strong work ethic. Tasks change daily due to weather, task priority, and farm needs.  Potential intern candidates would need to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Perform tedious, hands-on physical labor;
  • Be flexible, able and willing to adapt to various work assignments throughout their internship experience;
  • Be able to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, staff and management.

Responsibilities

  • Care for livestock: goats and chickens
  • Prep soil beds and/or pots for seeding around facility
  • Maintain, develop and/or improve infrastructure on farm
  • Assist the aquaponic, soil production, mushroom and off-site facility teams with projects
  • Help distribute and pick up compost containers from our Westlawn Partnership and deliver Farm-to-City Market Baskets to participants
  • Teach and work with community youth and/or adults on farm related projects
  • Actively participate in events such as workshops, farm conferences and various community events
  • Assist staff at farmers markets
  • Build customer relations and help with set-up, sales, and break-down at the farmers’ market stands

Additional Learning Opportunities

When available (January – June), interns have the opportunity to take workshop breakout sessions during the course of their internship

Qualifications

Ability to lift 75 lbs +
Use wheelbarrows, small hand tools
Desire to learn and improve
Willingness to work outdoors in all conditions

Stipend and Benefits
$100 per week, paid bi-weekly
Room and board, security deposit required
Laundry access
Farm-to-City Market Basket each week

To Apply
Please e-mail attached cover letter, resume, and a brief description that should outline what you would like to accomplish personally as an intern in food system development and how you would use this experience to contribute to building community food systems to staff@growingpower.org.

All potential interns are required to complete two work-days in Milwaukee as a part of the application process. Dates will be arranged after submission of the application.

Growing Power is an equal opportunity employer. All candidates, regardless of race, gender, age, or sexual orientation are encouraged to apply.

For Chicago:

We are not accepting internship applications at this time.