King County’s Working Farmland Partnership

Internship Position Description

Purpose: More than 40% of American farmland will change hands over the next 10 to 20 years. This massive transfer of farm real estate from one generation to the next presents one of the greatest threats to farmland. It also represents one of the best opportunities to secure land in agriculture for future generations. As part of our role in King County’s Working Farmland Partnership, AFT’s Pacific Northwest program aims to facilitate this intergenerational transfer of land by developing services to supporting farmers and landowners in the succession planning process. This intern will support AFT’s Pacific Northwest team in building community capacity in King County, Washington, related to farm transfer and succession planning.

Reports to: Pacific Northwest Regional Director

Location: Remote (Seattle Office)

Timeframe/Hours of work: June 14th – August 13th, at least 20-25 hours per week


  • Lead the development of a referral network of expert service providers (i.e. attorneys, tax advisors, and business consultants) who are capable of supporting farm transfers and succession in King County, Washington
  • Research tools and methods for screening service providers for participation in the referral network, including by interfacing with other similar referral programs around the country
  • Develop screening tools and outreach communications
  • Research and create a list of prospective service providers from communities throughout King County
  • Conduct direct outreach to prospective service to assess interest and suitability for inclusion in the referral network
  • Compile interested and qualified service providers into a well organized and thorough database or spreadsheet
  • Represent American Farmland Trust to partner agencies and service providers


Desired Skills:

  • Ability to work independently
  • Creative problem solving
  • Ability to represent AFT to external partners
  • Strong written and interpersonal communications skills
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Experience with (non-scientific) research
  • Interest in agriculture, food systems, and/or conservation


Compensation:  Student will apply for funding to the CES Summer Grants Program:


How to Apply: Please send a resume and letter of interest to [email protected]. Interested students must apply ASAP. Once offered the position, they must apply for a Summer Grant no later than April 12th.