Position: Field Hand
Minimum Duration: First week of June, 2014 – First week of September, 2014
Compensation: depending on experience
Description: Beech Hill Farm is a 73-acre farm in Mount Desert, Maine, owned and operated by the College of the Atlantic. The production consists of five+ acres of certified organic mixed vegetables, cut flowers, and herbs. Five greenhouses exist on the property for season extension. The farm is also equipped with a packing shed, machine shop, drying room, office, and on site farm-stand.
Field hands will participate in all phases of crop production, including: harvesting, washing, and packing produce; weeding, trellising, transplanting, etc. The work week can be challenging with long, fast paced days beginning early morning, rain or shine. The work itself requires and is dependent upon qualities of thoughtfulness, initiative, and collaboration.
Qualifications: While previous farming/gardening experience is not necessary applicants should have:
- Strong interest in sustainable agriculture
- Sense of humor
- Demonstrated work ethic and ability to work long, physically demanding days
- Commitment to team work
- Ability to problem solve and work independently
- A curiosity to learn in a group, self-educate, ask questions, desire to learn through work
Internships at the Farm
Beech Hill Farm offers an internship program, which provides interns with the opportunity to immerse themselves in all aspect of farm management.
A Beech Hill Farm internship can serve as a complementary experience to one's academic focus or can also provide a valuable hands-on introduction to farming.
If you are interested in interning at the farm, download, fill out, and submit a BHF Internship Application.
Our volunteer days are Wednesdays from 9 a.m.–12 p.m., but additional volunteer times are also available. Please contact the farm.
Individuals or families interested in volunteering opportunities at Beech Hill Farm are encouraged to contact the farm for volunteer opportunities.
For any student, staff, or faculty members who would like to join in and get involved, we now have a van running from COA's campus to the farm on volunteer days.