Do you like to dig in the dirt?
Do you want to share your love of nature?
If so, our Eco-Justice internship might be the place for you!
The Eco-Justice Center is an environmental education center and organic farm located on 15 acres in northern Racine county in Wisconsin. As an intern you’ll get to work in a hands-on learning environment at our educational farm. This is not a classroom study but actual farm labor that will educate you on what it takes to grow food, care for animals, and teach people.
Who should apply?
The Eco-Justice Center welcomes people of all faith traditions (or none!), ethnicities, backgrounds, socio-economic demographics, sexual and gender orientations.
- Adults (ages 18+) who are energetic, reliable, and have a demonstrated interest in environmental education and sustainable agriculture.
- Physical requirements – Must be able to bend, crouch, and stand for extended periods as farming requires strength and stamina. Ability to lift 50 lbs., work in the soil, handle farm tools, and be outside in all weather conditions.
- Desire to educate people and work with animals. Previous experience with children and public speaking skills helpful, but not necessary to apply.
- Exhibit consistent skills – positive attitude, initiative, emotional maturity, and self-responsibility. Possess a strong desire to learn and the ability to self-direct.
- International applicants must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without Eco-Justice Center sponsorship.
What to expect
Specific duties vary depending on the time of the year, but will largely revolve around education programs and regular small farm operations. Interns work approximately 35-40 hours per week. Because we are a working farm, your schedule will include a weekend day – for example Tues-Sat or Sun-Thu.
- Feed and care for animals
- Clean out barns and pastures
- Plant, mulch, seed, weed, and other garden tasks
- Work in summer camps, school programs, and/or public programs
- Conduct tours and special events
- Harvest, wash and pack veggies for farmers market
- Gather and process eggs
- Hermitage scheduling and cleaning
You’ll be provided with a private room in the farmhouse that houses one other intern and also contains staff offices and a public programming/meeting room. Interns have a shared kitchen, bathroom, & living space. The farmhouse has its own raised garden beds for any produce you would like to plant and harvest personally. The house is just steps away from the Education Center, gardens, and animals. Features include:
- Private furnished bedroom
- Fully furnished house
- Full kitchen
- Heating/air conditioning
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite laundry facilities
- Laundry soap and cleaning supplies
- Towels and linens
- Free parking on site
You can prepare meals and food in the kitchen. The kitchen is stocked with pots, pans, dishes and utensils.
$1200 per month
Be part of the team
As an intern you’re a part of the Eco-Justice Center team. You’ll attend staff meetings, lead or assist in programs and tours, and assist with fundraising events.
Start your internship journey
Applying is easy. Just pick either an individualized internship or a seasonal internship.
- Individualized internship– Choose this if you want to pick your start date and the length of your internship. To be considered you will need to commit to at least three months and no longer than 1 year.
- Seasonal internship– Choose Sept-Dec, Jan-May or June-August.
- Cover letter
- Completed application: documentcloud.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:6ce88a6d-0b73-4d44-b7f1-849b942e56fe