Working at Tecolote Farm provides farm workers with the opportunity to observe and actively experience successful small-scale commercial farming. By no means is farm work easy. Growing vegetables requires hard work and long hours in the field daily, but is an incredibly rewarding undertaking to those with an interest in market farming and in eating and living well. Ideal candidates are self-motivated, communicative, good-natured, physically capable folks who are seriously interested in vegetable production or who want to know about running a successful small agricultural business. Speaking Spanish is not required, but is preferred.
While working at Tecolote Farm is not a formal internship, nor a classroom apprenticeship, it is instead a “learn as you do” program, and could be considered a paid internship. Our business relies on our annual crew, and we are very careful about finding a group with complementary skill sets who work together to handle the myriad tasks associated with growing such a wide diversity of plants for multiple markets. While the success of Tecolote Farm from year to year is obviously a big concern for us, one of our long-term aspirations is to encourage and educate more folks in the ways of organic vegetable farming and land stewardship. Wanting to be here, early in the morning, in the cold or the heat, makes all the difference. Getting a good night’s sleep, eating a sufficient breakfast, and packing an ample lunch are just a few examples of how working on a farm requires you to take good care of your physical needs.
We are looking for reliable and hardworking individuals who are able to follow directions and communicate well with others. Applicants must be available to begin work in early to mid March, and commit to staying through the end of our CSA deliveries, and a week or so beyond- usually between the August 4th and 14th sometime. A good sense of teamwork and personal initiative, plus the physical ability to bend, squat, lift, carry, and generally do a number of repetitive actions using your back, wrists, elbows, knees, and hands is essential. The job is not a “mellow” one. Work is fast paced. The capacity to lift and carry 50 pounds regularly is required. Farm interns should expect to work outside in all weather conditions including rain, fog, freezes, and daily summer heat between 90- 105 degrees. Our potential workers always start out with some trial work on the farm. Farmers are independent thinkers, so there is great variety among small farms. Finding a good match between what our farm can offer and a worker’s needs / expectations is important. Our workers are integral to the successful operation of the farm each season.
Crew members will assist with all aspects of vegetable production including greenhouse production, transplanting, planting, cultivating, harvesting, cleaning, packing, and wholesale delivery preparation. Previous farm experience is preferred but not required. Farmwork is a labor of love. Those who “just need a job” should not apply. Pay is dependent on experience. Even those without previous farm jobs can earn a higher rate of pay based on initiative and demonstrated abilities. Everyone gets Saturday plus one weekday (Mon-Thurs) as days off. Workers work 35-55 hours a week. Part of growing food is loving good food. Since our workers go home with loads of free produce, the more vegetables you eat, the more you will make here! We have limited on-site housing for the adventurous (an old Airstream type trailer with an outhouse). Interns’ pets may not come to the farm. This is a great place to learn, and many of our workers have gone on to run farms of their own (Sawkill Farm, Martin Hollow Farm, among others), or become founding leaders of such farm-centric non-profits as Urban Roots and Farmshare Austin.