Hellgate Farm Internship 2018

We are pleased to announce that we are offering a live-in internship at our urban farm site in Queens, New York City for the 2018 season.


What we are looking for:

Our ideal candidate will be interested in the study and practice of sustainable living and want to reflect that passion in their work. They will be an eager partner in a grassroots growing company focused on cultivating chemical-free food in the city.

The internship will involve both field and office work. Candidates should have experience in at least one of these types of work, as pertaining to the description below, and excitement about learning the other. Flexibility is a must, to be able to drop what one is doing on a computer and run out to handle an issue in a garden. We need someone with a roll up their sleeves attitude who is excited about making these projects work. Please do not apply if you are not enthusiastic about a job where you are both in an office and working outside, and remember that there will be beautiful sunny days when you need to work in the office and rainy cold days when we need help outside. Time in the field will exceed time in the office. Another aspect of the internship is that interns will be living where they work: this will be an intense but extremely rewarding experience for the right person who enjoys communal living.

The base structure of the internship will average to 24 hours (3 days) per week with opportunities for additional paid hours. The season will begin with slightly shorter work days (March, April, 7 hours) and in harvest season (August, September) slightly longer work days (9 hours).

What are the expectations of the intern?

  • Assisting with seed starting, planting, maintaining, and harvesting the gardens
  • Assisting with administrative tasks
  • Assisting as needed with photos for social media and marketing (smart phone a plus)
  • Helping create food justice initiatives in the community and educational programs on urban permaculture through on-site classes and online resources.
  • Coordinating volunteers and material logistics for gardens
  • Working on contracting projects with Homestead Design Build (Hellgate’s contracting arm)
  • Selling products at markets
  • Applicant must be at least 18 years old; Driver’s license preferred


  • Free housing on the Hellgate Farm main site in Astoria including electric, gas, and internet utilities. Housing will be provided from March 1st, 2018 to October 31st, 2018, corresponding to the length of the initial internship. The other inhabitants of the property fluctuate but generally are like-minded individuals in the gardening and sustainable construction fields. This will be a communal living situation, and it is very important that the intern is comfortable with that.
  • There will be opportunities for paid work beyond the base 3 day work week, which can be discussed further during the interview, including working with our contracting and design company and running markets other days of the week.

If the sound of this position excites you, please send us your resume and a brief paragraph about why this internship is for you. Please email contact@hellgatefarm.com. We strongly prefer an in-person interview, but will consider all applications on a case-by-case basis. Applications will be accepted until December 7th. We are hoping to fill this position immediately, so please apply asap!

Hellgate Farm is a growing network of urban farms that grow food organically through land partnerships in backyards and on rooftops in Queens. The food is distributed directly to consumers and restaurants nearby to do our part to create a food system that is truly local and rooted in community. We utilize various organic techniques in our diverse growing areas. Recently, Hellgate Farm has started to focus more on small batch items including hot sauce, ketchup, herb salts, loose-leaf tea and honey. Hellgate Farm has a contracting wing called Homestead Design Build.

Homestead Design Build is the design and contracting arm associated with Hellgate Farm. HDB is a team of licensed structural engineers, permaculture designers, and green builders. We focus on integrating food production into buildings, energy and space efficiency, alternative ways to produce energy, and utilizing reclaimed materials. Examples include interior renovations and retrofitting city rooftops. We see the potential for a garden, social space, and energy production on every rooftop in the city. We want to see every building built responsibly, honoring old materials in a beautiful, artistic way through upcycling. We want to see every building function with energy and space efficiency. We want to see every backyard become a flourishing habitat again, for birds and bees and human beings. We believe this is the most moral and logical way to build and create community.




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