Internship: alpacas

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Intern Tara Elmore, works with female alpaca, Esperanza.

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice (WVC) is a ministry of the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Founded in 1996, WVC exists to teach, care and inspire for all creation. We do this through a number of programs including earth spirituality, environmental education and sustainable agriculture.

At WVC you’ll find 320 acres of forestland, a 5 acre USDA certified organic garden, two orchards, beehives and a nature trail.

Another important part of our sustainable agriculture program is our alpaca herd. We have 40 alpacas. We mix their manure with leaves and kitchen scraps and use it to enrich the soil in the garden. Their fiber is harvested annually to create handmade yarns, scarves, hats, and other garments. These items are created by volunteers and sold at Linden Leaf Gifts at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods to generate funds for the alpacas’ daily care.

Qualifications

The internship position is intended for individuals who wish to have a combination of field work and enrichment opportunities. While much of the intern’s time will be spent working in the field (in organic garden and with alpacas), a portion of each week will be reserved for study in intern’s area of specialized interest. The intern will also complete a project in his/her chosen area, so applicants should have a strong desire to learn.

Applicants must be physically fit, capable of completing the rigors of pasture work, and able to work in a variety of weather conditions. Though previous experience with livestock is not necessary to apply, we do ask that applicants be very comfortable handling larger animals. Mostly, we encourage a willingness to learn and ability to self-direct.

Duration

Duration is negotiable. There is a minimum commitment of three months with options up to one year.

Start date

Open

Hours

Interns will work five days a week for roughly 35-45 hours a week total.
This is a working farm so expect to work some weekends.

Stipend/salary/benefits

Compensation includes a private room, one meal per day, farm produce, $150/month stipend, and access to White Violet Center for Eco-Justice workshops. There are also enrichment opportunities for interns to learn fiber arts such as felting, knitting and spinning.

Deadline

Applications are are accepted year round. For best consideration for a summer internship please apply by the end of February.

Application procedure

Contact Sister Mary Montgomery at internswvc@spsmw.org or 812-535-2932.

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The 5-acre garden is USDA certified organic. Vegetables, such a these tomatoes, herbs and flowers are harvested by interns, volunteers and staff for the Community Supported Agriculture vegetable share program, the Sisters of Providence dining rooms, or the Terre Haute farmers' market. Extras are donated to local food banks.

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Thank you for your interest in an internship with us!  Do you have more questions about being an intern at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice? Please complete the form here and someone from the program will contact you.

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