2019 Sustainable Agriculture Apprenticeship Program

Agroecology Education Apprenticeship

Location: Agroecology Education Farm, NC State University, Raleigh NC
Required Commitment: 6 months, start date flexible
Apply Online: The 2019 application period has closed.


With the growing number of jobs that are associated with farms, community gardens, school gardens and related education programs, this apprenticeship will provide an individual with both skills in sustainable and organic horticultural production as well as experience developing, delivering and documenting various educational and Extension outreach programs with diverse audiences. Our focus is on the balance of education and food production while developing lesson plans and workshops for the farm. The apprentice will shadow the AEF farm manager but will also work collaboratively with the NC State Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Specialist to develop curriculum and workshops for youth, community members and farm visitors.

Farm workday

In addition to gaining foundational knowledge and skills of organic horticultural production, there will be field trips to local farms, restaurants and community gardens during the program for a holistic educational experience.

Additionally, the apprentice will develop a special project of their choosing that is focused on both farm programming and education/curriculum in an aspect of agroecology, sustainable or organic agriculture.

We believe the various production, education experiences as well as networking opportunities developed for this apprenticeship will develop diverse skills and knowledge that could lead to career paths as a farm manager, garden educator, Cooperative Extension agent, or higher education degrees some graduate programs.

What Specific Skills are Required for this Position?

While previous farming experience is not required, it’s important that an apprentice have a genuine interest and enthusiasm for agricultural education, as well as interest in holistic sustainable agriculture and small-scale production systems. Must also be a clear communicator, have a good attitude, able to work with diverse individuals, work independently when needed, able to perform farm work outside under various/ adverse environmental conditions (cold, heat, humidity, rain, pollen), and able to lift 45 pounds.

What Does an Average Week Look Like? What Might an Apprentice Encounter During this Time?

Generally, 40 hours a week with occasional weekend work expected. An average work week will include all types of farm work from planting, harvesting, weeding, watering, seeding, etc. The apprentice will be expected to be a leader on the farm with student workers and volunteers once they are trained and comfortable. The apprentice will learn to communicate about the farm and sustainable agriculture with diverse audiences from ages 5-18, university students and community members. The apprentice will have the opportunity and time to work on a project of their choosing that will align with their career path and interests. There will be opportunities to visit other farms, attend extension workshops and trainings, local conferences, and create valuable network connections.

Agroecology farmThe Skills you Acquire with the Apprenticeship Opportunity will Build a Solid Foundation for the Following Career Paths:

Teaching/Student Farms, Community Garden Educators, Non Profit Farms, Agriculture Education And Cooperative Extension, For-Profit Vegetable Production, Some Graduate Educational Programs.

Other Requirements?

Apprentices will be expected to live in the Raleigh area and have their own transportation. You will be responsible for securing your own housing. Housing is not provided.

Learn more about the Agroecology Education Farm here.