Agroecology & Plants Internships


    Beauregard Vineyards

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    Beauregard Vineyards

    Listing also found in the Environmental Education tab. 

    Contact: Ryan Beauregardryan@beauregardvineyards.com

    Beauregard Vineyards is offering interns a chance to work on one of the regions premier vineyards: Bald Mountain Vineyard which is located in Bonny Doon very close to UCSC.  For winter projects, we are now pruning the grape vines.  Interns will assist with this project and will learn the basics of pruning and grape vine disease maintenance.  Projects will be: assistance with pruning, gopher management, owl box monitoring.  We are also amidst a partial repant of the vineyard so interns will assist in removal of old vine trellising.  This job requires that the interns are able bodied because this is a physical farming job.  There will be no work when it is raining.  At Beauregard Vineyards, wine is made in the vineyard.  We look forward to sharing our passion for the Santa Cruz Mountains.


  • Calabasas Internship- affiliated with C9/10

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    Calabasas Internship

    Listing also found in the Environmental Education tab.

    Contact: Flora Lu, floralu@ucsc.edu

    This internship affiliated with College 9/10 seeks UCSC students who want the opportunity to work with youth, facilitate agroecological knowledge acquisition, promote locally grown, healthy food, and raise awareness of social and environmental justice issues. Interns will travel to Calabasas Elementary once or twice a week (transportation provided or gas money reimbursed) to undertake the after-school program, helping to design and implement environmental, garden-based curricula with children ranging from first graders to sixth graders. Interns will also assist with the upkeep of the Discovery Garden: weeding, planting, watering, pruning, etc. 

     

     


  • California Native Garden Foundation

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    Internship Opportunity

    Contact: Alrie Middlebrook, cngf.org@gmail.com 

    Interns will work remotely to contribute to data entry and quality control of long-term monitoring plot data collected by the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) in redwood forest communities in Santa Cruz Co. Tasks will also include maintaining detailed notes of data errors and data interpretation of burned and unburned habitats in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Co. by comparing detailed vegetation measurements (e.g., diameter at breast height, percent cover by species, burn severity, etc.) as well as research and reporting tasks. Participants will learn about different survey methods used by the CNPS and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to assess patterns across the landscapes

    All participants will follow public health instructions issued by local, state, and federal governments including, but not limited to social distancing, wearing masks, frequent hand washing, and avoiding the sharing of equipment. Recommended Faculty Sponsor is Professor Gregory Gilbert, who is a collaborator on this project 


  • Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS)

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    Listing also found in Campus and Summer tabs.

    Contact: Damian Parr, dmparr@ucsc.edu 

    CASFS is offering a lower division production internship focused on field-scale harvesting and orchard care, as well as general market garden-scale cover cropping, bed tillage, composting, and propagation.  The internship will include a cohort of approximately 15 interns, working as a team. There is a possibility that interested students might be invited to continue interning in future quarters. We are most interested in students who can commit to two quarters of interning with us, during your time at UCSC, though the quarters interned do not need to be back-to-back. Each year, a number of paid student staff positions are available to graduates of our internship program.

    For the Center for Agroecology Internship there is more of a description of our internship and a Sign-Up form found HERE. Students will need to sign up through the google form found HERE for this internship.

  • Chadwick Garden

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    Chadwick Garden

    Listing also found in the Campus tab.

    Contact: Damian Parr, dmparr@ucsc.edu 

    The focus of this internship is learning ecological farming and gardening practices and principles.  Participants work side by side with Center staff and apprentices in hands on activities, and engage with curriculum from the apprenticeship in ecological horticulture. For more information please visit the website.


  • Christiansen Associates Garden and Design

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    Organic Landscape Gardening

    Listing also found in the For-Profit Business tab. 

    Contact: Kurt Christiansen, kurtsgarden77@gmail.com (831)458-2005 

    Christiansen Associates Gardens and Design is an organic landscape company. We design, install and maintain gardens organically for people to live in and enjoy. We specialize in edible landscapes, Mediterranean-native plants, ponds and waterfalls, organic soil preparation and organic pest management. Check out the website


  • Demeter Seed Library

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    Demeter Seed Library

    Also Under Campus

    Contact: Cameron Morton, cpmorton@ucsc.edu

    The Demeter Seed Library is a student run organization within UCSC Food Systems Working Group that is dedicated to preserving and breeding locally adapted cultivars and open pollinated seed varieties in California’s Central Coast. We’re seeking folks who are passionate about food sovereignty protecting cultural and genetic heritage of food and engaging with community and campus gardens and farm.


  • Esperanza Community Farm

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    Esperanza Community Farm

    Contact: Mireya Gomez Contreras, mireya@esperanzacommunityfarms.org

    275 Lee Rd. 
    Watsonville 
    (it's 1/4 mile from Pajaro Valley High school in Watsonville).
    831-588-2994

    The composition of our Advisory Board and paid work team reflects Esperanza Community Farms members and regional supporters who have demonstrated full-family dedication to the overall health of the Pajaro Valley.

    We stand for a holistic and inclusive approach to using our current assets, personal experiences and collective skills to understand the conditions in which we live in order to transform them in the direction of financially- accessible, organic and high-quality produce, as a transformative aspect of living fully healthy lives.

    All advisors were CSA box recipients in the first two years of the program. Membership ranges from very-low income to middle income, from monolingual Spanish-speaking to Native English & bilingual, and from formally educated to primary school education completion.

    We are intentional in our search for members who are diverse in the many different aspects that our program addresses, including diagnosis of diabetes, parenthood, professional roles in positions of power/authority and race. 

     


  • Everett Family Farm

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    Everett Family Farm

    Contact: everettfamilyfarm@gmail.com

    Minimum 2 Quarter Commitment

    Welcome to Everett Family Farm! We appreciate your hard work and want to have clear policies so that everyone can understand each other and mutually benefit.

    Everett Family Farm is a 45 acre organic farm with approximately 5 acres in cultivation of  vegetables and the rest in apple and persimmon orchards. Jobs that the interns will be doing are diverse, ranging from greenhouse production, field crop planting, weeding and harvesting, to building and repairing farm infrastructure, working with chickens and goats and marketing. Interns are often called upon to do different and sometimes tedious jobs in all kinds of weather. Be prepared for hard physical labor. Efficient production is critical to the success of the farm. Job training will be done by Emily Parsons. There is no formal curriculum and interns will be expected to take control of their own education, using David and anyone else on the farm as a resource. We are cooperatively minded and strive for a harmonious workplace. For more information, please check out Everett Family Farm's website


  • Farm Discovery at Live Earth Farms

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    Educational Docent / Agroecology Internship

    Listing also found in Environmental Education tab.

    Contact: Hayley Reitman, Education Coordinator; education@farmdiscovery.org

    Farm Discovery at Live Earth is a nonprofit organization working in to empower youth and families in the Pajaro Valley community to build and sustain healthy food, farming, social and natural systems. Our home, Live Earth Farm, is a 150-acre patchwork of working organic farm, riparian corridor, oak and redwood forest. Farm Discovery offers educational programs that inspire youth and families to transform their relationship to food, farming and nature.

    We are looking for interns that can help engage children and lead them in our curriculum during farm experiences. During the Spring and Fall, we host a variety of educational programs approximately 3x a week, with grades kindergarten-5th. Interns must be available in the morning. If interested in agroecology, fieldwork is available in addition to becoming an educational farm docent.

    All interns must be reliable for the duration of the quarter and have transportation, as we are located remotely!


  • Food Chain Radio

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    Internship

    Listing also found in Public Policy tab.

    Contact: Michael Olson; mo@ksco.com; (831)566-4209

    Food Chain Radio, for those who are interested in environmental journalism, is a nationally-syndicated newstalk program that brings the issues of agriculture, food and environment to the table for discussion.  Having broadcast over 750 shows, the Food Chain has established a dedicated audience of interested listeners throughout the world. For more information please visit the website.


  • Food System Working Group (FWSG)

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    Pop Up Produce Internship

    Listing also found in Campus tab.

    Contact: Francis Ge fmge@ucsc.edu

    Description: Produce Pop-up is looking for two individuals to assist with our low-cost organic farmstand, which takes place every week at Quarry Plaza and Porter Quad during the academic year. As part of the campus Basic Needs program, Produce Pop-Up provides access to affordable, fresh produce from the UCSC farm and other local farmers for the entire UCSC community. You'll get to learn about the farm, campus and community food system, season produce and recipes, and how to run a market stand! For more information, see @ucscproducepopup on Instagram or the Basic Needs website. 


  • Groundswell Farm

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    Groundswell Farm

    Contact: James Cook; jcookster999@hotmail.com; (415)613-6975 

    Groundswell Farm cultivates 5 organic acres a stones throw from UCSC and sells produce at the Wednesday Santa Cruz Farmers Market as well as other markets throughout the Bay Area. Groundswell Farm is a tiny production focused farm specializing in amazing tomatoes as well as a multitude of peppers and other seasonal produce. Interns will be expected to help grow food. The assignments include planting, weeding, fertilizing, as well as toher various maintenance tasks around the farm. Our systems are established and efficient, this a great opportunity to experience and learn how a small farm can succeed.


  • Homeless Garden Project

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    Homeless Garden Project Internship

    Also Under Environmental Justice

    Contact: Omar Guzman, omarg@homelessgardenproject.org           

    The Homeless Garden Project provides job training on a 2.5 acre organic farm and its enterprises, to homeless individuals in the Santa Cruz area.  We run a 60 member CSA (May through October) and have a retail store near downtown.  Interns are encouraged to set their own goals and create a project that will leave a lasting impression on the organization, with unlimited access to the knowledge of the farm workers and agency staff as well as other agencies we work closely with.  Tasks can include, but are not limited to: everyday farm maintenance activities – bed clearing, planting out, greenhouse propagation, irrigation, etc.; planning and teaching a workshop to crew and public participants; fundraising/grant writing; administrative assistance; cooking.

    For more information, please visit the Homeless Garden Project website


  • Kindred Herbs

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    Herbalism Internship

    Also Under Environmental Education

    Contact: Cameron Salomon, kindredherbs@gmail.com 

    Kindred Herbs is a speciality medicinal plant nursery growing herbs from around the world. The nursery produces herb starts and plants to sell direct to customers. In the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons, an intern will help seed and transplant herbs, label plants, water and fertilize, do some light construction, help maintain the nursery site. The intern(s) may also have the option to help develop materia medica, which is literature material about herbs including it's botanical description, growth habit, growing conditions, and medicinal use.


  • John Regan Consulting

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    I interested in setting up an internship with a Junior, Senior or Graduate UCSC student focused applying their horticulture, environmental and water management skills and knowledge gained in classes and work with us to convert our gardens into a high quality, sustainable, and beautiful outdoor setting. 

    My wife and I have owned this home in Santa Cruz for 52 years. It sits on the hillside of Escalona Drive with a terraced front and back yard with lots of ornamental and vegetable garden space. This year we are redesigning both the front and back yard with revamped retaining walls, planting areas and paving stone for sitting areas.  To help support the increased garden area we are installing 4 large 500+ gal rainwater collection tanks in addition to our hillside 40 ft 10,000 gal lap pool which we now use for gravity flow garden water storage. 

    The Intern responsibilities will include: working with both of us with recommendation and selection of vegetable and ornamental plants and fruit trees, water management, insect and disease and wildlife control, promotion and management of beneficial insect, bird and bees to create a nature friendly garden.


  • Kresge Garden

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    Kresge Garden Internship

    Also Under Campus

    Contact: kresgegardeninternapp@gmail.com and/or Alex Osleger aosleger@ucsc.edu

    Ever wondered why 100% sustainable food systems are well established and practiced by indigenous communities worldwide, taught in classes, and desired by the majority of people, yet they are hardly ever implemented at large scale in the U.S?  Us too!
    The Kresge Garden co-op, a non-hierarchical organization run by queer student workers, is offering a 2-unit internship focused on how we can build sustainable food systems outside of the limitations of a capitalist market. We are the oldest student run garden on campus as well as the only campus garden that is run by a co-op. The 2-unit internship will cover topics such as sustainable gardening practices, consensus based community decision making, reciprocal relationships with land, herbalism, food justice, and history of labor organizing in our area.
    Interns are required to complete 60 hours of work over the quarter, which will mostly be in the garden but could also be in helping to manage the social media, reading, or discussing topics together, etc. This does not include journal writing, the final paper, attending meetings, or doing optional readings. There is a weekly journal entry (about 500 words) and a final paper (about 1500 words of reflection) regarding the internship. Fulfills PR-S General Education Requirement. Katie Monsen, kmonsen@ucsc.edu, is available as a faculty sponsor for this Internship in Winter 2022. Taking the internship for credit/grade is not required. To apply for the internship, e-mail kresgegardeninternapp@gmail.com. Check out their website!

  • Land of Medicine Buddha

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    Agroecology Internship

    Also under the Environmental Education and Conservation tabs

    Contact: Dominic “Buzz” Renda buzz@medicinebuddha.org 

    Land of Medicine Buddha (LMB), a center for healing and developing a good heart, is an active Buddhist community, a local registered non-profit, an environmental conscious meditation and retreat center located on 108 acres of coastal redwood foothills in Soquel. Our mission, values, teachings and practices devoted to increasing the wellbeing for all. We offer a wide range of secular and non-secular offerings including teaching, meditation, retreat and community.

    4 2 or 5 unit internships are available. Internship participants will be instrumental in planning, developing and actualizing 1 of 2 priority LMB projects; Regenerative Garden and Nature Walk. 

    For more information please visit our website!


  • Madson Wines

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    Winery Internship

    Contact: Cole Thomas madsonwines@gmail.com 

    Madson Wines is a small winery based in the Santa Cruz Mountains. We farm a variety of vineyards around the county using both organic and biodynamic practices. We vinify our wines using only natural methods. We are looking for 1-2 interns per quarter to help farm vineyards, make and bottle wine, manage business operations and create social media content. We are looking for someone with good communication skills with a desire to work hard and learn about wine and farming. Interns must be 21+ years of age, able to lift 50 lbs, operate a camera and use Microsoft Excel.

    For more information check out their website!


  • Pie Ranch

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    Agroecology Education Internship

    Listing also found in the Environmental Education tab.

    Contact: Pamela Nell, programs@pieranch.org

    Pie Ranch is an educational farm. We work to change our local and regional food system, to make it more just, by providing farmer training (we have 9 month, live-on, farm apprenticeship), Youth empowerment/education (we host day field trips with culinary and farm activities and tour (all-ages), week-long trips and summer paid internships with our partner high schools: Mission High, Oceana High, Pescadero Schools and Castlemont High). Offering spring, summer, and fall internships.


  • Popelouchum Farm

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    Popelouchum Farm

    Contact: Randall Grahm; randall.grahm@gmail.com; (831) 901-7386; Website

    Randall Grahm is the former owner of Bonny Doon Vyd. in Santa Cruz, where he established himself as one of California's most innovative winemakers and viticulturists. Popelouchum Farm is his new project in San Juan Bautista, where he is attempting to grow grapes consistent with the intention of producing a "wine of place." In addition to grapevines, olives and sundry fruit trees are cultivated, along with row crops. Interns would be involved in almost every aspect of vineyard management, from vine training and establishment, cultivation, pest control, pruning, harvest, nursery work, vine propagation, observation of clonal trials etc.


  • Rachel Carson College Garden

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    RCC Garden Internship

    Listing also found in the Campus tab.

    Contact Frances Ge: fmge@ucsc.edu

    Rachel Carson Garden

    The Rachel Carson College Garden, a program within the Food Systems Working Group, provides 2 unit internship opportunities centered around basic garden care and stewardship from seed to fruit. This internship will also focus on the intersections of society, green spaces and food justice through engaging with CRSN 90 and other hands-on experience. Interested students will need to complete a casual interview before participating. Looking for students to intern for 2 quarters to develop experience with multiple seasons. Paid student staff positions will be available in the fall for students who previously committed to 2 quarters at the garden


  • Rooster Ridge Farm

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    Rooster Ridge Farm Internship

    Contact: Nancy / Curt Abramson; roosterridge@cruzio.com

    Rooster Ridge is a small family-owned farm, growing certified organic fruit, flowers and limited row
    crops. Our mission is to operate at a high level of sustainability, and provide a fair income to our
    workers and return to the owners. Our major crops are avocados, citrus, olives and other tree fruit, as
    well as a variety of perennial flower crops such as Protea, roses, hydrangeas, lavender, dahlias,
    ranunculus and annual flowers. We have been operating close to 20 years, selling to local restaurants,
    grocery stores, florists and farmers’ markets.

     

    Interns will participate in all aspects of farm production operations to include:

    • propagation of plant material from seeds, cuttings and rootstocks
    • site preparation, planting and cultivation of annual row crops as well as perennials, shrubs and trees
    • monitoring for crop pests including invertebrate and vertebrate, diseases and other pathogens, as well as performing corrective measures using integrated pest management best practices
    • harvest, post-harvest handling, and processing of products where appropriate
    • pruning and other maintenance tasks
    • installation and maintenance of farm infrastructure including irrigation, trellising, fencing, etc.

     


  • RHIZOS VITICULTURE

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    Rhizos Vitaculture

    Rhizos Viticulture, Ken Swegles, rhizosviticulture@gmail.com

    Rhizos Viticulture is a vineyard consulting and management business based in the Santa Cruz Mountains since 2017. We focus on organic and sustainable viticulture. We'd like to host student interns who are interested in organic farming, biodynamics, sustainability, and rejunvinative agriculture. My wife, Abbey, also has a lovely organic farm (garden) and also raises chickens. We live and manage a 30-acre property on Skyline Blvd. and also manage organic vineyards from Gilroy to Woodside including the Santa Cruz Mountains all the way to the Corralitos area. We partner with Madison Wines as well. Please email me about the internship.

    rhizosviticulture@gmail.com


  • Santa Cruz Farmer's Market

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    SCCFM Internship

    Contact: Nicole Zahm, education@santacruzfarmersmarket.org

    The Santa Cruz Community Farmers' Markets internship positions require 6 – 10 hours of work per week. The focus of these internships is to learn the basic mechanics of running farmers’ markets and to support SCCFM’s educational and community outreach projects. There are also opportunities for students with special interests and skills such as photography, research, graphic design, event planning, etc.

    Interns learn on the ground and with support from market managers and the Education and Events Coordinator. Work responsibilities include set-up and breakdown of farmers' markets and running the information table. The information table is the market hub for the CalFresh Program (EBT/foodstamps) and other food access programs. Interns also assist with the organization and production of The Foodshed Project (FSP) and other educational event series at the markets.

    Summer interns have the opportunity to work with teen staff - graduates of the youth empowerment program “Food What?!”. Spring and summer interns may also have the opportunity to support event planning and production for the Pop-Up Breakfast Series at the Westside and Scotts Valley markets between June and August.


  • Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard

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    Fall Internship

    Contact: Jeff Emery, jeff@santacruzmountainvineyard.com

    Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard has been making hand-crafted wines since 1975. We source grapes from our estate vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains and a few other locations around the central coast and central valley. Many of our grapes are grown organically with minimal offsite inputs and minimal water usage. We are looking for 1 intern for the fall quarter who would be able to start the internship prior to beginning of the fall quarter (i.e. asap). This is because grape season also titled “Vintage,” or “Harvest Season,” is upon us and a vast majority of experiential learning/ work will begin mid-August.

    As a fall intern at Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, you will learn how grapes are crushed, destemmed and then fermented. You will learn how to inoculate grape ferments and learn how to manage the ferment as to produce the highest quality and quantity of wine. You will learn the chemical reactions occurring with yeast fermentation and why we utilize certain yeast and not others. You will learn how we manage barrel aging and Malolactic fermentation. You will learn how wine is moved from tanks to barrels and how we get it into its final bottled form. You will learn all of this by working side by side with the proprietor and winemaker, Jeff Emery and the assistant winemaker, JP Ditkowsky.


  • Santa Cruz Permaculture Farm

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    Permaculture Farm Internship

    Listing also found in Private Business tab

    Contact Person: Leah Stern, info.santacruzpermaculture@gmail.com

    Santa Cruz Permaculture supports a thriving, just, and sustainable world through courses, consulting, and farming. We have a 26 acre organic and regenerative farm 20 minutes north of Santa Cruz on the coast. We'll work together as a crew every Friday. Work ranges from composting, planting, harvesting, pest and disease management, irrigation, food processing, herbalism and other farm+garden experience to forest management, watershed regeneration, natural building, fencing, and animal husbandry. As we head into our first CSA season, this is a great opportunity to learn how to start a farm! CLICK HERE TO APPLY: www.santacruzpermaculture.com/intern

  • Stevenson Garden

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    Stevenson Garden Internship

    Listing can also be found under the Campus tab.       

    Contact: Labris Willendorf, anneflwillend@ucsc.edu

    The Stevenson Garden aims to create a safe space for all people to explore, grow, and learn as well as to educate our community about the role food systems play into sustainability, food justice, and nutrition. 

    The role of the intern will have two parts: 1. to assist the garden crew in general maintenance of the garden on a weekly basis: attend weekly workday hours, do independent garden shifts.

    2. to independently facilitate a garden project that a) enhances the garden and

    b) educates community members on social justice and sustainability concepts; e.g. plant a strawberry bed & do a workshop on environmental justice issues in the strawberry industry.