Farm Internships

Educational Employment Opportunity


Are you energetic, enthusiastic, situationally aware, teachable, and a self-starter? 
Then we want you...

Funny Duck Farms is now accepting internship applications for fall of 2017, and spring of 2018. We offer two periods of internship, one runs from approximately October to March, and the other from April to September. 

You will work along side us in the operation of a 224-acre Certified Organic farm in Kitley Township, (approximately 1 hour between Kingston and Ottawa). At this time, approximately 70 acres of the farm are worked, and the rest is used as bio-reserve.

During your six months on farm, we will teach you, train you, build you up, support you, and invest in you. By the end, you will be ready to move on and start up your own business, or you may wish to stay on for second term of internship. Should you stay for an additional term in order to experience a full years training experience, the rate of pay increases. Only interns who have completed a full year will be considered for permanent full-time employment positions at Funny Duck Farms. 

Skills you will be exposed to while working on the farm:

  • Organic Agriculture Business & Livestock management,
  • Organic Certification requirements, record keeping, & management,
  • Organic hay, field, greenhouse, orchard, and garden crop management,
  • Raising livestock without the use of soybeans, chemicals, and other crutches
  • Butchering and smoking,
  • Wild crafting of herbs, and herbal preparations,
  • Beekeeping and honey processing,
  • Management, marketing, and planning for both Farmers Markets and CSA’s,
  • Basic book keeping, record keeping, etc.,
  • Hand & tool work, and machine & tractor work,
  • Building, fencing, and forestry, 
  • Working in co-operation with other Certified Organic Farms in a community network,
  • Balancing family life and farm life with young children.

 

Qualified applicants will offer the following:

-       We require interns that can provide a very high degree of
        accuracy, attention to detail, as well as having confidence
        around large animals.

-       A basic understanding and desire to work with and promote
        organic sustainable agriculture is a must.

-       Solid work ethic that shines through in good weather and bad,
        in easy jobs and hard ones too.

-       Commitment to long hours and challenging work.

-       Ability to work well with others, to manage your own personal
        emotional needs on your own time, and to be comfortable working in
        our home environment.

-       Good health, ability to do physical labour, and a sense of
        humour. 

-       Childcare for our kids or our other workers kids will not be required of
        you, but if you do not like kids or being around them, you need not
        apply.

-       A valid drivers license is required.

-       An awareness that you will feel tired, sore, and possibly sick for
        the first few weeks working here. Once that passes, you will feel
        better and stronger than you ever have before!  

Please note that experience is helpful, but not required for intern applicants. Far more important is that you have a willingness and ability to learn, and a desire to be involved in organic agriculture.

Job details:

Summer internship position is 4 -5 days per week, and occasional Saturday's. Stipend is $50 per week including room and board, or $200 and a food basket per week without room and board.

Winter internship is 3 - 4 days per week. Stipend is $150 and a food basket per week, (room and board not available during the winter).

After completing a year of internship, we hired on Amanda. Here's what she has to say about working along side us:

"So, why work on a farm? Well, from my experience so far, it is the most diverse, engaging, challenging, fulfilling and just plain fun job I have had so far. Every day something tangible has been accomplished, whether it's packing up organic, soy-free food for families, cleaning out a chicken coop, putting up perimeter fencing for pigs or simply starting seedlings in the greenhouse, there is always a sense of accomplishment. Beside my personal fulfillment, I know that I am helping to care for the soil and animals in the most ecologically sensitive way, improving pastures and growing nutrient-rich food. There is the occasional day that is hot, sweaty and tough, but that's what builds character, and of course, muscle! I love working at Funny Duck Farms. Before my internship in 2014, I couldn't have imagined a more kind, generous and knowledgeable group of people to work with and for." -Amanda K.

Interested? Then send us an email to info@funnyduckfarms.com and please answer the following:

1) Which internship position are you interested in, Winter or Summer?

2) If it is the Summer internship, will you be staying on farm or off?

3) Tell us a little about yourself, why organic agriculture is important to you, and why you'd like to join our team!

If this doesn’t sound like you but you know someone who would be perfect for the job, please share this with them and encourage them to apply.