INTERNSHIP – New Farmer Coordinator

Position Description:

Employer: FarmStart (

Position Title: New Farmer Coordinator Intern

Location: Guelph, Ontario

Deadline: May 15, 2010


– between the ages of 15 and 30;
– unemployed or under-employed;
– have graduated from an agriculture-related program in a university, college or CEGEP; or a provincial program focusing on biological, agricultural and veterinary science or applied technology
– Canadian citizens or have landed immigrant status.


The intern will ideally be a person who has knowledge of the agriculture sector in Ontario. The position involves substantial interaction with people of different backgrounds and cultures; hence he/she should have basic human resource skills and must be a good listener. He/she should be able to make decisions based on the needs of individual farmers and also must be able to gauge quickly each persons situation.

The internship will involve duties in the following two categories

I. New Farmer Communication and Coordination

  • Communicate with the prospective new farmers who contact FarmStart
  • Assess their individual needs and guide them to the possible next steps
  • Provide them with access to the different resources within FarmStart and other agencies in the province
  • Arrange farm tours for groups when necessary
  • Coordinate with the Incubator Farm Manager & Program Manager to place new farmers on the incubator farms
  • Assist farmers who complete their tenure in the incubator farms by linking them to farmland
  • Assist with the Explore Your New Farm Dream workshop conducted for prospective new farmers

II. Direct Farmer Services Program Support

  • Work closely with the Program Manager throughout the internship to acquire the skills needed to engage with new farmers
  • Establish links with organizations that are working on new farmer issues
  • Assist the Program Manager in managing the small grants program
  • Present, either individually or with the Program Manager, FarmStart’s work at different forums/workshop/conferences
  • Explore land tenure and land linking options for new farmers

Email resume and cover letter in a single document (Word or PDF) to:

c/o Sri Sethuratnam

Director Direct Farmer Services, FarmStart

We regret that only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.


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