All of us who work at the farm started as interns, and the experience has transformed our lives. We love our farm, and we enjoy the opportunity to share it with others and inspire in them the same passion. If you have a commitment to nurturing beauty, Wollam Gardens is the place to work, learn, live, and grow your floriculture dream. Interns will be exposed to all aspects of our cut-flower growing operation through hands-on experience and learning opportunities.
It’s important to understand that this is not your mother's garden. A flower farm is a real farm…WE WORK HARD, and hard work is expected of our interns. We work rain or shine, hot or cold. We lift heavy things; we are on our knees for hours at a time; we don’t complain. We also listen to music, talk and laugh, and go out for ice cream after a long day. We suffer the highs and lows as a team, and we look for interns who will be assets to the team. “Even when I was miserable, I still wanted to be here,” recalled one of our staff of her time as an intern. You have to want to be here, and you have to be invested in the farm’s success. This is a business, with revenue goals and long-term plans, and each and every intern is a participant. In short, if you don't care, you don't belong here!
Each day on the farm is different, and while each season has its own priorities and rhythms, interns can expect to participate in the following activities:
- Preparing beds for planting
- Transplanting plugs into the field
- Watering, watering, watering!
- Weeding, weeding, weeding!
- Making market bouquets
- Attending farmers markets
- Assisting with custom florals
- Assisting with on-site events
Interns may also specialize in one of the following tracks:
- Growing: Do you love to play in the dirt and see things grow? Interns with a special interest in horticulture will spend more of their time on field activities.
- Design: Creative souls with an eye for design will be called upon to assist with custom florals.
- Market: Do you want to share the joy and beauty of flowers with others? Enthusiastic people-lovers will be tapped to attend farmers markets.
- Events: Interns who want to learn what goes into the planning of a once-in-a-lifetime event may assist with on-site weddings.
In each season, we will be looking for interns with a mix of special interests. All interns will have the opportunity to participate in all farm activities, regardless of track.
Internships are 12 to 14 weeks. We can accommodate some flexibility at the tail end, but interns must be available to start work on the date specified in order to receive orientation as a group.
- Spring Season: March 5 to June 3
- Summer Season: June 4 to August 26
- Fall Season: August 27 to December 2
For the 2018 season, we will be looking for at least two full-season interns, who will stay from March 5 through December 2 or later. These interns will take on additional responsibilities according to their interests.
Interns work five days a week, from 8 am to 5 pm, with a one-hour lunch break. (Summer interns may start and end the day earlier.) Compensation includes room and board, plus a stipend of $600/month.
Housing is provided in our 19th century farmhouse, which accommodates up to six interns, three in each of two spacious rooms. Your roommates may be of any gender, and we ask interns to respect one another’s privacy and personal boundaries. Interns have access to a full bath, a half bath, and an outdoor shower. There is a common living room, kitchen, laundry, and wi-fi. Interns share in the chores of cooking, cleaning, caring for our chickens, and hosting visitors to the farmhouse. Interns must be prepared for a communal living experience, and the mutual respect and responsibility it entails.
Farm experience is not required, but we will give priority to candidates who can demonstrate that they understand the level of hard work associated with farming. While it might not be realistic for everyone, we encourage serious applicants to visit the farm for an in-person interview.
If you have an outstanding work ethic, team spirit, an eye for beauty and color, and a love of the outdoors, please complete and submit the form below. A message detailing your experiences and your interest in the program is much appreciated (this is your cover letter, make it good!) We look forward to hearing from you.