Garden Apprentice Job Description 2009
As the Garden Apprentice you will be expected to work 5 ½ days a week, Tuesday-Saturday or Monday–
Friday with occasional Sunday irrigation rotations. Our gardens consist of a 3 acre production garden, a
community garden, and an educational garden. Your responsibilities will range from seeding,
transplanting, harvesting, weeding, irrigation, greenhouse work, setup and sales at the farmers market,
coordinating produce donation distributions, sales and deliveries with local restaurants, and most
importantly working along side and mentoring children. As hard as you work as a gardener, your
commitment and passion for working with children must be equal. A major part of our production gardens
is working with our WISP (work income sharing project) program, where 11-15 year olds are learning
about sustainable agriculture while working in the gardens and selling their produce at the farmer’s market
for a percentage of the profits.
When working with children our primary goal is to provide them with a safe and fun learning experience.
We give the children age appropriate tasks and allow and encourage the children to do the work whenever
possible. We strive to celebrate accomplishments and to encourage effectiveness, independent actions and
Reports To: Garden Manager
Works With: Garden Manager, other Garden Apprentices, teen apprentices, WISP farmer/teacher, other
farmer/teachers, farm hands and volunteers.
This person will assist in all aspects of running a production garden, work with the educational and
community gardens, and work with the WISP program
Hours of Work: Tuesday-Saturday or Monday-Friday, with occasional Sunday irrigation rotation. Expect
to work 40-50 hours per week. Your start and end times will be coordinated with the Garden manager.
The position start and end dates are: May 15th – September 15th.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
FARM Institute Educational Programming
● Assist in operating 3 Acre Production garden and greenhouse operation
Includes seeding, planting, fertility, care, harvest, handling, irrigation, crop rotation and up keep
● run and organize booth @ West Tisbury Farmer’s Market throughout growing season on
● Assist in sale and distribution of FARM Institute produce off site
Including restaurants, groceries and other markets
● Assist in delivering WISP curriculum and program
● Work with WISP teen apprentices and supervise garden volunteers
● Participate in care, maintenance, cleanliness and organization of gardens, greenhouses, irrigation,
equipment, tools, stations, sheds and related spaces.
● Assist visitors in having pleasurable experience
● Work with farm and education staff on special projects
● Articulate in words and actions the vision of the FARM Institute in a way that inspires others to
If interested, please send: resume and cover letter to:
Phone: 508.627.7007 ex. 102
THE FARM INSTITUTE Food, Agriculture & Resource Management www.farminstitute.org 508.727.7007
Post Office Box 1868 - Edgartown, Massachusetts 02539
growing food and community in the traditions and culture of Island farming