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Position: Seasonal Farm Interns
Type: full-time internship with housing, food, stipend, more (see below)
Organization: Providence Farm
Location: Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC


Providence Farm is located just 5 minutes east of the city of Duncan. Our property is located at the base of the storied Mount Tzouhalem, and is nestled between Quamichan Lake to the North-West and Cowichan Bay to the South.

On our 400-acre organic farm, we grow a wide variety of vegetables, flowers and herbs, and also raising cattle, pigs, chickens, alpacas, sheep, a goat and a donkey. Since 2012 all major agricultural field work is part of a ‘social enterprise’ allowing the Farm to fully utilise commercial opportunities to maximise improvements in our core programming. Everything grown is used to help sustain those who work at the Farm while also providing produce and products to local restaurants and numerous farmers markets. The farm has steadily built a reputation for high quality produce and beautiful and abundant farm stand displays at the popular Duncan Farmers’ Market (at which we are the only vendor to have attended since the first season over 25 years ago).

Beyond a commitment to growing organic and sustainably produced food, Providence Farm is a therapeutic community that provides therapeutic programs for adults and seniors with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health challenges and age-related illnesses. Today there are 35 full-time and part-time staff and approximately 180 spaces for individuals to participate in the Farm’s therapeutic programming each week.


  • Providence Farm is seeking three awesome interns (2 hired, searching for the last one) to complete the Farm team for the 2017 season 
  • Interns will work with and be trained by our Farm Manager (Farmer Abe)
  • Abe is heading into his 8th year of managing small diversified farming operations during which time he has trained over 25 interns (click here for testimonials)
  • To apply for an internship, you must have a keen interest in experiencing a full season immersed in the hard work of organic farming and be committed to working respectfully in an environment with a diversity of people with varying abilities.
  • The internship will run from June 5th – November 15th, although a shorter season or part-time applicants may be considered.
  • The work week will be:
    • 44 hours (with the flexibility required in a farming lifestyle)
    • Includes rotating morning, evening and weekend animal chores (averaging 2 hours per week)
    • Does not include an additional 3 hours formal education time a week
  • Interns are also given priority as volunteers for the popular Duncan Farmer’s Market if they so wish to attend.
  • Interns will be provided with onsite housing, weekday lunches and seasonal market fresh veggies.
  • Stipends are based on experience. A full-time novice intern will receive a stipend of $500/month which can be applied to personal living expenses including food beyond the weekday lunches provided by the Farm.
  • Interns are involved in learning and taking responsibility for tasks in the following areas:
  1. Market gardening
  2. Greenhouse growing and production
  3. Seeding and transplanting
  4. Equipment use for field and bed preparation (include rototillers and tractors)
  5. Weed management, cultivation and pest control
  6. Irrigation
  7. Volunteer supervision, teaching and management
  8. Post-harvest processing
  9. Marketing and sales
  10. Animal husbandry (animal care, herding, feeding, watering)
  11. Haying
  • Enjoy the natural bounty surrounding Providence Farm (dips in the river, hiking, mountain biking, paddling, etc).
  • Because of the Farm’s commitment to the health, safety and well being of all, Farm interns are required to complete a Criminal Record Check and agree to comply with the Farm’s Personnel Policies.

To apply to join our growing team and have an extraordinary summer of new learning, experience and friends please visit: where you can read testimonials and our internship details package, fill the application and e-mail the application, your resume and references to:

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The Farm thanks all applicants for their interest, but will only be contacting those applicants to be interviewed.

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GoodWork ID: 38001       Date posted to May 31 2017