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John C. Campbell Folk School Internship

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  • Compensation:Stipend: $1,200/month

The garden intern will assist the lead gardener with all aspects related to the implementation and maintenance of the gardens on campus. Once trained, the garden intern will also assist in leading participants in the Work-Study Program in a variety of tasks related to garden and grounds work. The garden is a focal point of the John C. Campbell Folk School campus and supports the programming of a large number of the studios on campus. The garden produces a diverse array of crops including: vegetables, dye plants, medicinal and culinary herbs, dried and cut flowers as well as a variety of crops for other craft purposes like gourds, broom corn, and basket willows. In addition to producing materials for classes, the garden is maintained as a beautiful location for use by painting, drawing, and photography students as well as local community members. The garden intern will work collaboratively with the lead gardener to determine and execute weekly, monthly, and season-long goals and plans. This is a learning position with the opportunity for the right candidate to shape their experience based on their personal areas of interest. This position will ideally be filled by someone available for the entire garden season (March-October), but applicants only available for a portion of that time will be considered.

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Job Duties

Greenhouse work: annual veggie and flower starts production as well as perennial plant propagation Field activities such as preparing beds, seeding, transplanting, cultivating, and harvesting Maintenance and construction of irrigation and trellising systems Aesthetically-minded maintenance of garden and surrounding areas Working in conjunction with participants of the Work-Study Program Assistance with record keeping Drying and storage of craft materials Meetings with the head gardener to develop weekly plans and goals. 35-40 hrs/week

Job Qualifications

Job Requirements: A sincere and demonstrated interest in learning about sustainable agriculture An ability to work in variable weather conditions An ability to frequently lift items up to 25 lbs and occasionally up to 50 lbs. A willingness to operate motorized landscaping equipment like lawn mowers and weed whackers. An ability to work effectively independently as well as in a group setting An ability to, with proper training, determine garden needs and prioritize tasks Intern will be required to comply with campus wide Covid-19 Safety Guidelines and Vaccination Policy. Please review these policies before applying. Education and Experience: All necessary training will be provided for the right candidate. Those with garden/farm experience are encouraged to apply. Those with formal training in agriculture or a related field are encouraged to apply.


Room and Board: On-campus housing is provided as part of the compensation for this position. The garden intern will be housed in a private bedroom with access to shared kitchen and living space. Meals are provided in the campus dining hall during meal times for each session. An additional food stipend is provided for when meals are not available. Class Resource: The garden intern will be provided with a class resource which covers the cost of tuition for one regular class to be completed during or after the intern's stay.