To create an environmentally sustainable future we believe in empowering people to be advocates & leaders in their community. The biggest impact MEVO has on our community, country, and collective environmental mission can be seen in the work and lives of the 240 interns, apprentices, and unpaid staff we have had come through our organization. Our seasonal educational internship programs offer an in-depth, diverse, and experiential opportunity for a person who wants to truly understand environmental issues and solutions. Each internship crew: Fall Crew, Spring Crew, Summer Trail Crew, Summer Farm Crew, and Summer Earth Crew are designed for the crew member to (1) help accomplish MEVO’s mission, (2) cultivate a breadth of environmental knowledge and (3) provide hands on skills that can be applied in life and career. MEVO internships can provide academic credit, service hour requirements, or to help supplement an academic pathway in the Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Sustainability, Not-for-Profit, Agriculture, or other associated fields.
Title: Farm Crew Member
Start Date: Friday, March 1st
End Date: Tuesday, May 7th
Days for the Internship: Two days a week. Available Days: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. One required Saturday: April 20, 2019 crew members will substitute out one day this week.
Work Hours: 9am – 5pm
Training: Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 24th
As Mother Nature starts to sprout, grow, and blossom so too does MEVO’s environmental work, this crew being a true representation of that idea. The crew explodes onto the scene in March starting one month before volunteers begin working at MEVO and accomplishing a huge variety of important tasks in the 10 valuable weeks it runs. During this time the crew members plant seedlings at our farm, host the first trash clean-ups, launch the new season’s building projects, and begin to care for the honey bees. Some years this crew is offered a wide variety of work to start off MEVO’s programs and other years the crew’s work can be rooted in getting a serious amount of farm work accomplished. Most of our Spring Crew members get experience using both power tools and hand tools while spending some time building various infrastructures that will impact all of MEVO’s work for the year. The true joy of this crew is that its members set in place the season’s valuable groundwork, starting off MEVO for the year. Then, over the course of the summer and fall, our members return to see the living impact their hard work in the cold and wet early spring months had on the farm season.
Start: May 20th 2018
End: August 13th 2018
Our Summer Crew is our most intensive and specialized experience, widely regarded as one of the most life-changing programs we offer at MEVO. The program has had a significant impact on our community since its inception in 2012. The interns receive two weeks of intensive environmental training at the end of May and then are split into specialized crews for the summer (Farm Crew, Earth Crew, and Trail Crew). Our crew hosts a total of around 20 motivated crew members who share a common bond of enduring hard physical environmental work all summer long, often developing lasting friendships. Additionally, our summer interns are taken on group trips including a four day trip to Merck Forest & Farmland Center in Rupert, VT and a weeklong trip to Ellsworth, Maine where they work at and off-grid homestead and Acadia National Park. Each crew has unique educational opportunities such as visiting partner not-for-profit organizations, learning from career professionals in their field, attending workshops, and personalized instruction from a variety of MEVO staff.
Coming off of the rush of the summer, the Fall Crew offers a great perspective on the culmination of the farm season. It involves the finalization of MEVO’s fall service projects and preparing for the next season’s productive vision. This crew works across all of MEVO’s programs helping organize trash clean-ups, harvesting produce from our farm, teaching educational programs to the community and much more. This crew also assists in executing our largest event of the year, MEVO’s Annual Farm Feast, a farm-to-table fundraiser dinner in which we host over 100 guests at the farm. This crew is usually smaller, tending to a more relaxed management and teaching style, leaving the crew members feeling deeply connected to the farms day to day ebb and flow of work. Some years, the Fall Crew participates in building out a new farm or garden and every year, the crew takes on the huge tasks of preparing our honey bee hives and field blocks for winter as well as planting hundreds of pounds of garlic for the next year. This crew enjoys being present during weekly volunteer days where they gain the unique experience of working with many college students and community members.