At Wild Earth, we value interns as integral members of the farm community. As an intern, you will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of farm life, from working in the organic gardens, caring for rescued animals, increasing our sustainability and regenerative measures, developing permaculture designs, building and construction projects, and education and outreach in the community.
We look for interns who are deeply about animals and the earth and who are reliable, responsible, dedicated, and who are hard workers. Our internships are volunteer-based, and we supply room and board in exchange for an agreed upon number of volunteer hours.
After farm work, there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, exploring, foraging, swimming, caving, and other fun on the farm!
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Throughout my time interning at Wild Earth, I had so many wonderful experiences, including compost making, fruit and nut tree planting, fermentation, prepping the garden beds for winter, caring for the animals, and learning how to grow food without the use of animal products. I found great joy in working with the dogs, ducks and pigs, and seeing them happy and well-cared for in their new homes. I really gained an appreciation for how everything on the land has a purpose or use. Leftover tobacco poles that would have gone to waste were salvaged to construct the compost bins. A large pile of wood left over from the previous landowners provided an array of benefits: the large pieces were used to reinforce the pig fence, the smaller pieces set aside for hugelkultur beds, the wood chips for mulching the garden pathways, and the rich soil underneath for adding organic matter to the garden rows for the following season. Seeing the resources from the farm definitely a highlight, and I look forward to utilizing Heather's composting method in the future. It was especially cool that all water used on the farm and in the house was captured on site using the underground cistem and rain barrels. I'm grateful to Heather, Joe and everyone else for providing me with an amazing experience on my first farm!
--Jason Huska, former intern
All the people living and visiting the farm have so much knowledge, wisdom, practical skills and wild visions from different fields and aspects of life, and also enthusiasm to learn even more and put the visions into reality. They together make the already beautiful farm and sanctuary even more inspiring and give a glimpse of an abundant tomorrow for us all.
--Anja, former intern
I had such a wonderful experience at Wild Earth! I learned so much about sustainability and animal care. I really enjoyed working hands-on with the animals, caring for them and feeding them. I loved learning how to plant and harvest crops; having never worked on a farm or gardened before, it was a really rewarding experience to see the plants grow. My favorite part had to be giving the pigs belly rubs though! It was such an enjoyable and educational experience. I did everything from picking wild blackberries to cuddling with animals to composting! I loved every second of my internship and would highly recommend this internship to others.
--Sierra Cleveland, former intern
Interning at Wild Earth was one of, if not the most beneficial and influential experiences of my life. It gave me the opportunity to learn about the world in a way I’d never before even thought to. Being surrounded by a community of people who have so much passion, vision and zest for life lived the way it should be is incredibly eye-opening. Each day was different and I’d find myself doing anything from weeding, to carpentry, to adventuring through the forest in search of wild blackberries; I was never bored! Some highlights of my internship include learning about composting, harvesting vegetables, bonding with the animals, checking out the hiking trails, and building gates for the animal areas. This internship helped me grow so much as a person and I am forever grateful for the opportunities, friendship, perspective, and new skills it has given me. To prospective interns, don’t be afraid to open your mind, your eyes, and your heart to this incredible chance of rediscovering yourself and your place in the world through this internship.
--Meg Carter, former intern