Carbon Farming Intern

Expected Dates
May 14, 2021 to August 5, 2021
Merck Forest and Farmland Center
Position ID
Merck Forest & Farmland Center (MFFC), Vermont’s first environmental conservation organization, is looking for a Carbon Farming Intern to play a key role in working directly with our Farm Manager to advance the institution’s sustainable and regenerative agricultural program. At the heart of MFFC’s nearly 3200 acres of land is a 60-acre farm focused on permaculture, rotationally grazed livestock, and hay production. 

The carbon arming intern’s work will focus on three main priorities:
1. Supporting the farm manager in daily and cyclical farm operations
2. Researching, presenting, and piloting enhancements to the farm’s rotational grazing program to promote soil health while maximizing the sequestration and storage of below ground carbon, and
3. Working with the Farm and Conservation Managers to identify and implement ecologically sound enhancements to farm operations such as: expanding pollinator habitat, modifying mowing schedules to support grassland birds, managing invasive species, reforesting riparian buffers, etc.

Where possible, and as the COVID-19 situation allows, we will also conduct outreach, deliver farm-based educational programming, and engage volunteers in our work.  When workforce requires, the Intern may work with other staff, particularly the Executive Director, to assist in a variety of farm-focused projects such as. 

Ideal candidates will possess:
  • Demonstrated experience  navigating and operating safely and effectively both independently and collaboratively in a dynamic, often remote, field-based setting.
  • Ability to follow oral and written directions and maintain quality communication with peers and supervisor.
  • Academic or professional experience with, and interest in: regenerative agriculture, plant science, animal science, sustainability, etc.
  • Experience working with animals.
  • Experience following method-based observation/data collection.
  • Familiarity with conservation/environmental threats and concerns related to agriculture.
  • Positive attitude and ability to adapt to changing work plans and priorities.
  • Ability to lift upwards of 50lbs and hike long distances (as much as 8 miles a day) in a variety of field conditions.
  • Interest and experience in digital communication and written storytelling.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to drive large truck and side-by-side vehicles on rough trail and road.  
  • Ability to safely operate gas power tools such as a string trimmer.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office programs, as well as ArcGIS and use of GPS a plus.
  • Experience with or ability to learn rough carpentry a plus.

$125/week Living Allowance
$1,100 Travel Grant
$1,638 AmeriCorps Education Award*

*The intern selected into this position MUST enroll in the AmeriCorps Education Award program.  

  • Merck Forest and Farmland Center’s 3200 acre upland campus in southwestern Vermont is nestled at the northern tip of a 42,000-acre intact forest block in the rugged Taconic Mountains. MFFC’s campus features a 60-acre regenerative farm, 3,000 acres of managed woodlands, 35 miles of trail, multiple visitor services and educational facilities, as well as a dozen backcountry cabins and lean-tos.
  • The Carbon Farming Intern will receive on-the-job training for all major project areas, and will be eligible for discounted opportunities (as scheduling allows) for a variety of certification courses including wilderness first aid and game of logging.
  • Access to outdoor recreational opportunities abound in the region, including: multiple storied trout streams, the Appalachian and Long Trails, numerous mountain bike networks, whitewater creeks, quiet lakes and rivers, and endless gravel roads.
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Main Area of Focus
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
competent with supervision
Hand Tools
competent without supervision
Working with Animals
competent with supervision
Community Engagement
competent with supervision