Farm Apprenticeship


We are now accepting applications for the 2018 farm season. Apprentices will gain experience in all aspects of vegetable production and 120 laying hen operation. Other livestock opportunities may be arranged based on interest and experience level. Apprenticeships run from April 1st through November 1st. A full-season commitment is required. Preference is given to folks with 1-2 seasons of hands-on farm experience.


Farm tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Greenhouse seeding

  • Field seeding/transplanting

  • Helping with the CSA distribution and farmstand sales

  • Setting up and running irrigation

  • Weeding and cultivation

  • Harvesting produce

  • Washing and packing produce

  • Leading WWOOFers and other farm volunteers in field tasks

  • Animal chores

  • Helping with various activities of the non-profit, including concerts and fundraising events


Applicants must be self-motivated with strong communication skills and demonstrated leadership abilities. A positive attitude and willingness to work and live well with others is a must. Must be able to lift 50lbs.

In the beginning of the season, the 40-hour workweek is Monday-Friday, shifting to Tuesday-Saturday in mid-June. Additional weekend duties will rotate amongst all farm staff.

Pay is hourly and commensurate with experience. Housing is provided as well as access to vegetables, a weekly food stipend and a small education stipend to be used towards conferences, workshops, books, etc.

Most of the learning will be hands-on and/or self-directed. There will also be some organized educational opportunities both on-farm and in conjunction with other local/regional farms, including a grass-fed beef operation that is currently leasing a portion of our property.

Apprentices and WWOOFers (up to a total of 7) are housed in the historic Manor House. Bedrooms are shared (2 or 3 per room). Toilets, electric and wifi are available at the house while a modern kitchen, laundry and shower facility is a short walk away. Meals are eaten together, and cooking and cleaning responsibilities are shared. A comfort level with a communal living environment is essential.

All interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to jcraig@sylvestermanor.org

Gatehouse Retail Sales

Organized, people-friendly, outgoing, motivated individuals for full and part time sales position for Sylvester Farm’s new retail cottage selling eggs, crafts, gifts and more, as well as assistance with Manwaring Road farmstand.  

Retail display skills, on-site operational management, working knowledge of computers, mobile devices and Google docs experience a must; artistic spirit and appreciation of local history a plus. Assistance with Manwaring Road farmstand Opening late May. Please contact Executive Director, Jo-Ann Robotti, at: jrobotti@sylvestermamor.org with resume and cover letters. No phone calls, please.


Long-Term Volunteering on the Farm (WWOOFing)

We have a wonderful group of Farm Volunteers (WWOOFers), who live with us and work alongside our farm staff for one month or more. If you’re interested in volunteering with us, please email jcraig@sylvestermanor.org with “Sylvester Manor WWOOFING/Volunteering” in the subject line. Please include a brief description of your farming experience, why you are interested in Sylvester Manor Educational Farm and the timeframe you are available for.
Please visit our Long-Term Volunteering (WWOOFing) page for more info!

All interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to jcraig@sylvestermanor.org
We are currently taking applications for the 2017 season.