Seasonal Farm Jobs is a listing service for seasonal farm job seekers and host farmers using sustainable growing practices. For farm job seekers hoping to gain hands-on experience and the skills necessary to begin a career in organic agriculture, and host farmers wanting to further their own development as farmer educators and intern hosts, OEFFA is piloting the Certified Intern Host Farm project in 2020. Learn more about the program and how to become certified on the Certified Intern Host Farm page.
HOW SEASONAL FARM JOBS WORKS:
- Complete an Application: Farm Job Seekers and Host Farmers complete online applications which are reviewed by OEFFA staff. Applications should be submitted as early as possible in the year (January-February) for the best placement prospects. Please make note of your username and password (you’ll need this later!) and double-check the accuracy of your email address.
The Good Earth Guide is a service provided to OEFFA members. It’s a searchable online directory of hundreds of OEFFA member farms and businesses and their farm products. You are not required to have your profile listed in the Good Earth Guide (so select no in the application if you wish not to be included), but you do need to fill out the fields in the application for inclusion in your Seasonal Farm Jobs profile. Your user name and password are the same for both your Seasonal Farm Job profile and your Good Earth Guide profile.
- Get Certified (optional): Host Farmers can complete the Certified Intern Host Farm self study and agreement, if desired. Staff will review your self study reflection and agreement and, if approved, you will earn a Certified Intern Host Farm badge on your Seasonal Farm Jobs listing.
- Search for a Match: Farm Job Seeker and Host Farmer profiles are posted online and visible to other job seekers and hosts. Applicants can view listings to find a match that meets their needs, or update their profile at any time, by logging in under the Job Seeker or Host Farm section of the Seasonal Farm Job program page. If you want a Certified Intern Host Farm experience, look for the badge next to certified host’s listings.
- Find Out if it’s a Good Fit: Host Farmers and Farm Job Seekers contact each other to set up a farm visit or interview. Review the Seasonal Farm Job Questionnaire to prepare for an interview.
- Put it in Writing: Host Farmers and Farm Job Seekers negotiate terms and write an employment agreement before beginning work.
- Contact OEFFA: Contact the OEFFA office when you make a match, are no longer seeking a position or an employee, or for any other reason that your listing should be removed from this site.
Terms of employment and internship agreements are to be negotiated solely between the Host Farm and Farm Job Seeker. OEFFA cannot be involved in negotiating terms of, mediating, or enforcing intern and host agreements.
Neither OEFFA nor anyone involved in this placement service is responsible or liable for any injury that may occur during a farm job. Proper safety training and safety precautions should be taken. Applicants should both ensure that adequate insurance and safety precautions are a part of the Host Farm/Farm Job Seeker agreement.
OEFFA does not endorse applications. It is the responsibility of the participants to safeguard themselves by visiting each other, clearly defining and clarifying expectations, and checking references. OEFFA is in no way responsible for any harm or injury which may be incurred as a result of participation. OEFFA shall not be considered a party to any agreement, and terms of employment agreements shall be considered private contracts between Host Farms and Farm Job Seekers only.
Listings will be accepted from domestic candidates only. Host Farms and Farm Job Seekers outside of the United States should contact WWOOF International for more information on trans-border internship opportunities.