Four Beat Farm is a certified organic and biodynamic farm that grows food for our local Sea to Sky region, with a focus on a membership-based Harvest Share program. The farm relies primarily on a team of draft horses for tillage and daily farming operations (rather than a fuel-reliant tractor), which puts it in a unique position to offer an internship with a focus on the use of clean technology for vegetable production and cultivation methods in the field of agriculture.
Four Beat Farm is interested in increasing its capacity for food production (without reliance on fossil fuels) through increased use of cultivating technology and equipment that is powered by horses and therefore has a lesser environmental impact. The Intern will assist with performing and monitor a variety of cultivation methods and trials in the vegetable field, perform soil tests, record observations, and make recommendations for future seasons.
The Intern will also work alongside Farm Manager and Team Members performing all aspects of farming including soil preparation, field maintenance, crop development, irrigation, crop harvest, packing and distributing produce as needed.
Duties and responsibilities
- Undertake research to evaluate the effectiveness of horse-powered cultivation equipment and methods in commercial production without the use of fossil fuels
- Perform research tasks, including data collection, recording, note taking, data management, writing and reporting
- Assist the Farm Manager with soil preparation, field maintenance, crop development, irrigation, crop harvest, packing and distributing produce as needed.
- Assist in supervising volunteers and assisting with community engagement at the farm as needed
- Maintain high quality produce standards, workplace safety and food safety standards
Knowledge and skills
- Previous scientific field work, research, or related experience
- Experience in organic farming or similar
- Ability to take direction, to take initiative, to communicate effectively and kindly, and to work both independently and in a team
- Be physically fit
- Be comfortable working with people from all kinds of backgrounds and abilities
- Be comfortable working outdoors
Post-secondary degree in environmental science, environmental studies, biology, soil science, agriculture, natural resources, sustainability, or a related field.
Career-Launcher Internships are funded by the Government of Canada under the Youth Employment Strategy. For program criteria information visit their website.
Qualified interns are:
- Post-secondary students and graduates
- No more than 30 years of age at the start of the internship
- Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*
- Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
- Not receiving employment insurance during their internship
- Available to work for at least six months
- Not previous participants of a federal youth employment program
- Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns)
*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.