Now accepting applications for the 2019 season!
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
Conceptualizing and executing value-added products
For the 2019 season, we are hiring three full-season interns, who will stay from March 20 through late November/early December. The exact end date is somewhat flexible, but interns must be available to start work on March 20 in order to receive orientation as a group.
Interns work five days a week, from 8 am to 5 pm, with a one-hour lunch break.(During the heat of summer, we may start and end the day earlier.) Compensation includes room and board, plus a stipend of $600/month. Unpaid time off can be arranged, within reason, but no intern may be absent for more than a week at a time, or two weeks total over the course of the season. *ALL INTERNS MUST BE AVAILABLE TO WORK THE FOLLOWING WEEKENDS:
Mother’s Day (May 10-12)
Flower Festival (September 20-22)
Literary Festival (October 18-20)
Housing is provided in our 19th century farmhouse. Interns will share a spacious bedroom, with access to a full bath and an outdoor shower. There is a common living room, kitchen, laundry, and wi-fi. Interns share in the chores of cooking, cleaning, and hosting visitors to the farmhouse. Interns must be prepared for a communal living experience, and the mutual respect and responsibility it entails. Your roommates may be of any gender, and we ask interns to respect one another’s privacy and personal boundaries. A vehicle is highly recommended, as independent mobility facilitates personal time and local exploration.
We will be looking for interns with a mix of experiences and special interests. Farm experience is not absolutely required, but candidates must demonstrate that they can thrive in a demanding work environment like a farm. 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 summarizing your experiences and your interest in the program is much appreciated (this message is your cover letter, make it good!) Once we receive your message, we will forward you the detailed application form. We look forward to hearing from you.