I get a lot of e-mails these days from folks who want to post a job/internship on http://www.beginningfarmers.org. Here’s how to post a farm job or internship on the site:
Simply send the description (at least 300 words) of the job/internship opportunity in word format (no bold, underlined or italic text please) along with a photo to email@example.com. They will be posted on the blog/homepage on the weekend as soon as we have a chance to get them up.
Suggested content for job/internship post description:
1) Location and description of farm or organization. Who are you, where are you (be sure to include the state), what do you produce, how do you market, what makes you unique, and why do you want an employee/intern? Please include your website address if you have one.
2) What is expected or desired/expected from interns/employees including: experience/skills/physical requirements/hours/type of work/who they’ll answer to/and what they can expect to be doing on a daily basis/duration of the internship or job, the hours they are expected to work, and anything else that you expect (do they need their their own transportation, etc.).
3) What the employee/intern will get in return including housing/payment or other compensation like mentorship, educational programming etc. (where applicable). Farm internships in particular should not simply be considered a source of cheap labor. An expectation of educational programming, AND guidance from, access to, and regular interaction with the individual(s) offering the internship is what makes an internship/mentorship different than hired labor.
4) Instructions on how to apply (an e-mail address, phone number, or address for sending the application must be included). Please include a list of what is expected in the application packet as well (resume, cover letter, personal statement, dates available, references, or whatever you want to see…). Also be sure to include the due date for applications, and please don’t send applications with due dates that are really close since it may take a few days for them to be posted*.
5) Provide a picture from the farm or project. This is no longer optional. We need a picture to post. Please send separate small .png or .jpg image (not as part of the word file) within the email containing your description. It is best if the picture is an image of the farm that helps potential applicants to picture themselves there.
6) Please do not use bold, underline, or italics. This makes it a lot easier to format your post and get it up quickly. I will be able to recognize the headers and key info, and will use color to emphasize these things.
7) Please make sure the description is at least 300 words. This is the most common issue I have with the posts that are sent in, and I will not post them if they are not long enough. You can use Microsoft Word to tell you how many words your document has. Just go to to the Review tab, then click the Word Count icon.
You can find examples of job/internship postings to use as templates by going through the posts on the main page of the site. Text for posts must be at least 300 words.
*Please be patient with me. I get a lot of e-mails, and I get through them as fast as I can, It may take up to a week for me to get your listing up, and I will send you a confirmation. If you haven’t heard back after a week, please just resend the post with the words “resend post” in the subject line as a gentle reminder.
**When you no longer want to receive applications, you will need to send an e-mail stating this, with the specific beginningfarmers.org web address of the post so that I can add a statement at the beginning of the blog post indicating that the position is no longer available and take your contact information down. I simply don’t have the capacity to keep track of this without your help.