Landscape, Garden, Farm Internship

Website Puma Springs Vineyards

Note: This internship description is written for prospective SRJC college students. Students from other colleges, universities, or trade schools are also eligible to apply and we will work with the internship requirements of your academic institution. 

Puma Springs Vineyards is a small 15 acre certified organic and certified Biodynamic vineyard business in Healdsburg, Sonoma County, CA. The property itself is 25 acres and includes a residence, various landscaped areas, a small orchard, poultry flocks, an irrigation pond, two goats and a Llama.

We are currently seeking an Intern to assist with seasonal tasks that include landscaping and animal care routines, some portion of vegetable and orchard gardening, miscellaneous maintenance for buildings and outhouses including rural water treatment systems, and occasional vineyard maintenance. The need for assistance is during spring growth (March to June) and/or summer harvest/post-harvest (September to November).

The position will include direct supervision under the Farm Manager but will also include the need to work independently and manage and report back on assigned tasks. It may also involve working with in house part-time farm staff and vineyard contractor staff.

We are currently seeking an Intern with the basic qualifications:

·        Enrolled college student with a defined interest in landscaping or agriculture.

·        Proof of coursework completion that demonstrates academic progress,

·        18 years of age or older,

·        Prior employment history and work-related references,

·        Ability to commit to a minimum of 75-150 hours (1-2 units) over the semester,

·        A proven record of punctuality, attendance, dependability, and good communication,

·        A professional demeanor

·        Ability to work independently as well as with diverse small teams,

·        Clean DMV

·        Excellent communication skills

The desired qualifications will include:

·        A strong interest in hands-on Landscaping, Agriculture, and/or Animal Science as a career

·        Prior experience

·        Interest and ability to work repetitively with hand tools digging, cutting, tamping, shaping, leveling, and finishing landscape areas for both maintenance and installation goals.

·        Experience or interest using motorized tools common to the trade which include weed eaters, blowers, pressure washers, power saws and grinders, drills, propane torches, etc.

·        A track record demonstrating safety skills/experience with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

·        Following training, ability to maintain focus and efficiency with repetitive field work, tedious at times

·        Assertive and Friendly goal setter- allowing us to tailor (where possible) the internship to help you gain landscape installation/maintenance trade knowledge, water use efficiency skills, turf maintenance, Master Gardener skills, small engine maintenance experience, livestock health checks, rural water system maintenance skills, etc.

·        Ability to operate truck and trailer combinations and to operate farm vehicles and machinery

·        Bilingual skills– Spanish/English

The Intern position will include some portion of the following activities depending on season:

·        Extensive weed eating and some mowing

·        Hand removal, propane torch removal, low toxicity herbicide application for weeds

·        Routine water efficiency checks and adjustments, repairs, upgrades to water systems

·        Maintenance of Well and Pond filters and pump system operation

·        Routine Chicken Coop and Goat Barn cleaning, care, and material restocking

·        Bird and pest abatement including trapping and seasonal prevention

·        Preparation and Installation of landscape plants

·        Routine landscape pruning

·        Periodic maintenance tree trimming and shrub pruning

·        Orchard and vegetable planting, care, and harvesting

·        Vegetable garden clean up, pruning, composting

·        Construction, maintenance, harvest of compost piles

·        General grounds maintenance

·        Mowing lawn and vineyard avenues

·        Seeding pastures and vineyard areas

·        Spreading straw and Installing erosion control measures

·        Leaf and lawn care -Fall

·        Rustic carpentry with outbuilding and erosion control type projects

·        Annual bird and owl box cleaning and inventory

·        Miscellaneous building maintenance tasks including routine and deep cleaning

·        Vineyard berry sampling

·        Grape pomace composting

This Internship will be held during normal business hours appropriate to agriculture, M-F, with rare exception, although Fall Grape Harvest time may require occasional Saturday work. The duties include the ability to lift 50lbs without assistance, agility to work in uneven terrain and hillslope, visual and auditory acuity to conduct field monitoring/scouting, sustain outdoor work within the range of weather conditions common to this area, operate on-farm vehicles, work with safety as first priority.

The Intern will be required to complete the initial goal setting and check-in as required through the SRJC Internship Class requirements, and to work with the Farm Manager (Rick Kaye) to ensure progress towards those goals for mutual benefit.

 

This internship requires a pre-screening process that includes a DMV print out and will involve a background check.

 

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and include contact names/phone for two employment related references to Rick Kaye at rkaye@pumasprings.com. A college instructor may also serve as a reference in lieu of one work reference.

This is a paid internship. Salary DOE.

To apply for this job email your details to rkaye@pumasprings.com