Apprenticeships and Internships
Maine Coast Heritage Trust is offering paid apprenticeships and internships for individuals interested in pursuing a career in farming.
The 2022 apprenticeship is filled. Please check back this fall to learn about apprenticeship opportunities in 2023.
These apprenticeships will not run in 2022:
Maine Coast Heritage Trust is offering three paid apprenticeships during for individuals interested in pursuing a career in farming. The positions may last from 6-months to 2-years and will be hosted at two farms in Rockport – Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields. Each apprenticeship will include a monthly stipend, benefits, shared housing, training and supervision.
An apprentice can choose to specialize in managing a vegetable farm, cattle management or farm operations. The Erickson Fields Apprenticeship will focus on managing all facets of vegetable market garden. The Cattle Management Apprenticeship will focus on the logistics of rotational grazing and developing annual plans to manage a herd’s health, reproduction, and nutrition. The Farm Operations Management will focus on property management, facility and equipment maintenance and hay operations. Apprentices also will help lead agricultural programs for youth.
To apply, please email a cover letter and resume with three references to .
This fall, Maine Coast Heritage Trust is offering teens ages 14-18 paid internships through the Teen Ag Crew program at Erickson Fields Preserve, located at 164 West Street in Rockport. Interns will gain hands-on experience in sustainable agricultural practices and learn about their local food system from food production, processing and distribution to consumption and waste management. The produce they raise will supply food pantries, public schools and restaurants. Three sessions of the internship are offered each year: Spring Session (April-June), Summer Session (June-August), and Fall Session (September-October).
MCHT’s Teen Ag Crew has been an open door for many teens entering the workforce. No previous farming experience is required, just a desire to be outdoors, work hard in a team and learn new skills. The work is both challenging and rewarding and contributes to the midcoast community by partnering with Good Shepherd Food Bank and other hunger relief initiatives to address food insecurity. Last year, the Teen Ag Crew distributed more than 26,500 lbs of produce from their 4-acre garden.
“Teen Ag Crew is a great first-time job,” remarked Aaron Englander, Erickson Farm Manager. “It gives teens the opportunity to make a positive impact on their community, expand their resumes, and expand their social circles beyond the walls of their schools.”
MCHT provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity, genetic information or past or present military service in accordance with applicable federal laws. In addition, MCHT complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which MCHT has facilities.