Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a state-wide land conservation organization, is offering teens ages 14 to 18 paid internships through the Teen Ag Crew program at Erickson Fields Preserve, at 164 West St., Rockport. Interns will gain hands-on experience in sustainable agricultural practices and learn about their local food system from food production, processing and distribution to consumption and waste management. The produce they raise will supply food pantries, public schools and restaurants. The hours will be part-time from mid-June through late August.

No previous farming experience is required, just a desire to be outdoors, work hard in a team and learn new skills. The work is challenging and rewarding and contributes to the Midcoast community by partnering with Good Shepherd Food Bank and other hunger-relief initiatives to address food insecurity. Last year, the Teen Ag Crew distributed more than 28,500 pounds of produce from their four-acre garden.

The application deadline is Friday, April 5. Teens interested in applying may email or call 236-2739. More information about Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Erickson Fields Preserve can be found at