Teen agricultural crew positions at Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Rockport — Teenagers looking for a great paid summer job have an opportunity in Rockport working for Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a nonprofit statewide land trust.
In Teen Agricultural Crew, teenagers ages 14-18 years old work together to raise vegetables naturally on a preserved farm in Rockport. The vegetables they grow go to food pantries, schools, and are sold locally to raise money to support the program. The crew raises thousands of pounds of produce for the local community including vegetables, herbs, and poultry — each year the business plan is different based on the economy and marketing strategy. The crew participates in initial business planning and decision making, and is responsible for everything from preparing the soil, planting the seeds and seedlings, caring for the plants, harvesting the vegetables, cleaning and packing what has been grown for delivery, and in the end helping get the final product to the intended market.
Teens may also participate in teaching both children and adults some of the basics of growing food during the summer and fall, in public speaking events, in writing articles for publication, and in keeping records. This position offers the opportunity to learn all the basics of growing food and caring for the land while practicing leadership skills. Teens will make friends, spend an active summer outside, and learn crucial job skills.
No previous farming experience is necessary, but applicants should be able to demonstrate ability and desire to work hard in an outdoor setting. This is not an easy job. Teens able to demonstrate self-motivation and independence are preferred. This job experience will be particularly beneficial to students interested in farming or agriculture, land preservation, outdoor education, ecology, biology, or botany and it will provide the opportunity for a meaningful work experience and references. This position begins in mid-April, running two afternoons per week after school until the summer when the job is full-time (32-40 hrs). In the fall, the job is part-time again.
For teens interested in applying, the application information can be found at aldermere.org and the process includes submitting a cover letter and resume, along with three references. For more information please contact email@example.com or call 236-2739. Applications are due by March 8.