ROCKPORT — Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a state-wide land conservation organization, is offering teens ages 14-18 paid internships through the Teen Ag Crew program at Erickson Fields Preserve, in Rockport.
Interns will gain hands-on experience in sustainable agricultural practices and learn about their local food system from food production, processing and distribution to consumption and waste management. The produce they raise will supply food pantries, public schools and restaurants.
The hours will be part-time from mid-June through late August.
MCHT’s Teen Ag Crew has been an open door for many teens entering the workforce, according to Maine Coast Heritage Trust, in a news release. No previous farming experience is required, just a desire to be outdoors, work hard in a team and learn new skills.
The work is both challenging and rewarding and contributes to the Midcoast community by partnering with Good Shepherd Food Bank and other hunger relief initiatives to address food insecurity. Last year, the Teen Ag Crew distributed more than 28,500 lbs of produce from their 4-acre garden.
“Teen Ag Crew is a great first-time job,” said Aaron Englander, Erickson Farm manager, in the release. “It gives teens the opportunity to make a positive impact on their community, expand their resumes, and expand their social circles beyond the walls of their schools.”
The application deadline is Friday, April 5. Teens interested in applying may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-236-2739.
More information about Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Erickson Fields Preserve can be found at www.mcht.org.