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Education Apprentice [FL]

  • Tampa, Florida 33634 (map)

Sweetwater Organic Community Farm is a non-profit, community-supported, urban farm and educational center located in Tampa FL. Through their hands-on programs, visitors of all ages learn sustainable agriculture techniques and foster appropriate land stewardship.

They are hiring one Education Apprentice to work seasonally from Sept./Oct. through the end of April/May teaching visiting students about organic agriculture and growing organic produce. Bending, lifting, walking and carrying bins of produce are part of the daily routine. The Education Apprentice will work closely with the Education Program Manager to organize and lead field trips, attend community outreach events, designing creative educational activities, and maintaining educational "Future Farmer" garden, herb garden, and other areas overseen by the program. The Education Apprentice will additionally work with the Farm Manager, Farm Apprentices, Volunteers, and Interns doing field work; including, seeding, planting, weeding, and harvesting.

Sweetwater recruits 3-4 Farm Apprentices/ Education Apprentices each season to dig right in and learn the basics of sustainable farming through full-time hands-on program. Apprentices live on farm property in the Apprentice house (which also serves as the Education Center) and receive a stipend of $100 a week. Each Apprentice will have their own private sleeping area, and will share a common area that includes a full kitchen, bathroom with shower, and living area with an enclosed porch. The house has Wi-Fi for internet access. Apprentices work 40-45 hours for 5 days of the week (including weekends). Apprenticeships are considered complete at the end of the Season and Apprentices will be required to vacate the Apprentice house at that time.

The following is a list of skills Education Apprentice will be introduced to over the course of the Season with the Farm:

  • Animal Care
  • Group management skills
  • Hands-on Teaching Techniques
  • Florida Curriculum Standards
  • Market and Special Event set-up             
  • Harvesting Techniques
  • Volunteer engagement                                             
  • Post-Harvest process and storage
  • Green House/Hardening Shed  
  • CSA share set-up and maintenance
  • Seeding
  • Record Keeping
  • Planting                                                                                               
  • Florida Gardening
  • Techniques
  • Weed Management                                                      
  • Community Engagement

Check out the website for more information about all programs: If you are interested in applying for an Apprenticeship with Sweetwater for the 2016-2017 season, please email Caroline Garber, Education Program Manager at for more info.