Farm Education Apprentice Wanted in Florida

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Farm Education Apprentice Position Available in Tampa Florida – 2017

Sweetwater Farm is a non-profit, community-supported urban organic farm and educational center located in the Town n’ Country area of Tampa (just northwest of TIA).  Through our hands-on programs, visitors of all ages practice appropriate land stewardship and master sustainable agriculture techniques.

We are hiring one Farm Education Apprentice to work seasonally from June through the end of April/May teaching visiting students about organic agriculture and growing organic produce.  Bending, lifting, walking and carrying bins of produce are part of the daily routine.  The Farm Education Apprentice will work closely with the Education Program Manager to organize and lead field trips, attend community outreach events, designing creative educational activities, and maintaining educational “Future Farmer” garden and herb garden.  The Farm Education Apprentice will additionally work with the Farm Manager, Farm Apprentices, Volunteers, and Interns doing field work; including, seeding, planting, weeding, and harvesting.

Sweetwater recruits 3-4 Farm Apprentices/ Education Apprentices each season to dig right in and learn the basics of sustainable farming through our full-time hands-on program.  Our Apprentices live on farm property in our Apprentice house (which also serves as our Education Center) and receive a stipend of $100 a week.  Each Apprentice will have their own private sleeping area, and will share a common area that includes a full kitchen, bathroom with shower, and living area with an enclosed porch.  The house has Wi-Fi for internet access.  Apprentices work 40-45 hours for 5 days of the week (including weekends).  Apprenticeships are considered complete at the end of the Season and Apprentices will be required to vacate the Apprentice house at that time.

The following is a list of skills Education Apprentice will be introduced to over the course of the Season with our Farm:

Animal Care                                                                Gathering Techniques for various age groups

Hands-on Teaching Techniques                             Florida Curriculum Standards

Market and Special Event set-up                            Harvesting Techniques

Volunteer Management                                            Post-Harvest process and storage

Green House/Hardening Shed                                CSA share set-up and maintenance

Seeding                                                                         Record Keeping

Planting                                                                        Florida Gardening Techniques

Weed Management                                                    Community Engagement


Check out our website for more information about all of our programs:

If you are interested in applying for a Farm Education Apprentice Position with Sweetwater for the 2017-2018 Season, please email Caroline Garber, Education Director at for more info.

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