The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, provides business planning to Vermont farm, food and forestry businesses in order to enhance the long-term economic viability of Vermont’s working landscape. Farmers and other business owners face many challenges to operating in today’s changing economy, but the success of these businesses can be enhanced by sound decision making, superior management skills, and production expertise. Participants in the program work one-on-one with a business planner who helps them make improvements in their business management, profitability, and production efficiency.
The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program is seeking a summer intern to conduct research and outreach. Work would involve a combination of travel to farms and office time. Specific projects will include the following:
- Site visits to farms, including interviews, photography, and video
- Writing articles or stories about participants
- Surveying participants to gather information on impacts of participation
- Data entry and analysis on program impacts
- Attending agricultural workshops and events
The intern will work closely with both the Farm & Forest Viability Program Manager and Outreach Coordinator, and will be responsible for contacting farmers, scheduling site visits, conducting interviews, and creating reports and articles based on those interviews.
Strong writing, communication, and interpersonal skills as well as the ability to work independently will be crucial! Applicants should have experience working in agriculture or food systems. Individuals with any of the following proficiencies would be a particularly good match: photography, digital media/videography, data analysis, or graphic design.
Hours for this position are flexible: 25-40 hours a week for 8-14 weeks. Valid driver’s license and personal transportation are preferred; business mileage will be reimbursed. Housing is not provided, but we may be able to help seek an affordable place to stay.
Position will remain open until filled. To apply, send letter of interest and résumé to Liz Gleason, Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program Manager.
Email (preferred): [email protected]
Address: VHCB, 58 East State St, Montpelier, VT, 05602