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Position: Volunteer Urban Farm Internship
Type: Part-time volunteer with learning opportunities and access to produce 
Organization: North Shore Neighbourhood House - Edible Garden Project 
Location: North Vancouver, BC

The North Shore Neighbourhood House (NSNH) is a charitable organization that has been operating on the North Shore of Vancouver for over 75 years. The Edible Garden Project (EGP) is a program of the NSNH that builds community through growing local food on the North Shore.

This volunteer position provides a season-long opportunity to assist in running a successful small-scale urban farm. Our Farm serves as a model of local sustainable food production and is a community hub, providing hands-on learning and volunteer opportunities to the community. Volunteer Interns will be leaders on the farm and gain hands-on experience in all aspects of enterprise, including farm management, volunteer coordination, community outreach and education with supervision and mentorship from our Farm Manager and Program Manager. We believe that the best way to learn about farming is by farming, and therefore the majority of the internship will involve working alongside our farmers and learning about the importance of planning, pace, efficiency and timing. We also leave time for more creative projects, like flower arranging, and we are happy to accommodate specific learning requests from dedicated interns.

We are not looking simply for labourers, but for people keen to learn as much as they can about running a successful urban farming operation. Our hope is that our volunteer interns will leave the program feeling confident that they have a solid base of understanding in how to run a small urban farm operation. Certificate and reference letters available upon completion of internship.

Internship Details:

  • March - October 2020
  • 8 hours a week, flexible scheduling to be determined with candidate
  • Must be able to attend 1 market per month (Wed. afternoon or Sat morning)
  • Access to produce

Learning Opportunities:

  • Field prep/planning: compost and soil management, season extension, crop rotation
  • Seeding/propagation: direct seeding, seedling starting and maintenance, transplanting
  • Crop maintenance: pruning, thinning, weed and pest management
  • Harvesting and post-harvest preparation
  • Marketing produce and managing a farm market
  • Community outreach and events
  • Beekeeping (Occasional)

What We’re Looking For:

  • Self-motivated and passionate about growing food in the city
  • Experience and willingness to do hard work in all weather conditions
  • Team player with a sense of humour
  • Good communication skills
  • Capable of taking initiative and solving problems
  • Attention to detail (organized farm site, tool maintenance etc.)
  • Physically fit and able to squat, bend and lift at least 40 pounds


  • Basic construction skills
  • Experience working with diverse volunteers
  • Basic horticultural skills
  • Experience with outdoor/experiential education

How to Apply:

Please send a brief letter (max 500 words) outlining the following:

  • Relevant experience
  • Skills that you will bring to the team
  • What you hope to gain from such an internship experience
  • Specific interests or topics that you would like to learn more about

Send email to:
with the subject line “Internship 2020” in the subject line.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. All local shortlisted candidates will be required to fulfill an interview and complete a Criminal Record Check. We are recruiting up to six (6) interns for the 2020 season.

To learn more about the Edible Garden Project and our social enterprise farms (Loutet Farm and Sutherland Schoolyard Market Garden), visit our website:

We look forward to your application!

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 19 2020    ID: 56115