Fruit and Nut
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Internship Opportunities (updated 19/06/16)
The nursery is offering a place for a full-time intern, beginning the end of September 2016 and running till September of 2017. The work programme will be based around the seasonal requirements of nursery's flagship project: Agriculture for Climate Change: Land Rehabilitation and Small-scale Fruit and Nut Growing. Further details of this can be found on the studentship page (here).
The number of working/training hours per week will vary according to the time of year, with the weekly average over the whole year being around 26-28. There will be considerable flexibility regarding the scheduling of the hours. Training will be an integral part of the internship programme and will be tailor-made to suit the intern's personal requirements.
Who is the internship aimed at?
The internship is aimed particularly at the person who is considering pursuing a working life involving nut or fruit trees, or in food security-related land rehabilitation projects.
Does the internship have to begin in September?
Not necessarily. Within certain parameters, the start date is flexible.
Shorter Duration Internships
For details of short term internships, click here
Accommodation and Board
The intern is not required to live in, however accommodation (timber cabin) and full board are available if required. The food is vegetarian. In addition, the nursery will cover the cost of protective clothing and footwear.
Interns not eligible for state supports will receive a personal expenses allowance of €50 per week. Interns with no other source of income may also qualify for a modest travel allowance.
Applicants from outside Ireland
The nursery welcomes applications from outside of Ireland. Fluency in English is generally a prerequirement.
The intern will have access to the extensive on-site library covering horticulture, sustainable agriculture, tree crops, soil and plant science, land use, climate and micro-climate, global warming and many related subjects. The library is probably the largest of its type in Ireland.
1 Previous horticultural experience, preferably including orchard experience
2 Previous horticultural training, ideally FETAC level 5 (or equivalent) or higher
3 Minimum of two week stay at the nursery helping as a volunteer
Previous horticultural training would be an advantage but is not a prerequisite. Prospective interns should be physically fit and prepared to work outdoors in poor weather (in practice, little work is carried out during very wet weather, but occasionally it is necessary).
Preference will be given to the 22-30 age group. Younger applicants who have good previous horticultural experence will also be considered.
Please contact us for further information. We strongly recommend that intending interns contact us at least six months in advance.