Join the statewide community of volunteers working together towards
Real Food, Real Farms, Real Change!
The purpose of Rural Vermont’s volunteer program is to provide
operational support and assist in outreach and advocacy efforts. Our volunteers are an integral part in our work towards achieving economic justice for Vermont farmers.
Contact Coco about helping out; phone and email info are at the bottom of this page. If you have time, please download the volunteer survey and return the completed form to us by mail, fax (802-223-0269), or email.
We are now accepting internship applications for our Winter 2017 and Summer 2017. Email Coco for more information.
“My time with Rural Vermont has been extremely valuable. I have always been interested in agriculture, community, and justice. Interning with Rural Vermont has provided me with a tangible non-profit model that addresses all three topics earnestly. I graduated from UVM with a degree in Environmental Studies and Food Systems. Unsure of the direction I want to take professionally, I pursued this position to learn about a side of agriculture I knew nothing about. Turns out it was well worth the gamble. Every staff member is more than willing to put down what they are doing to help me if I have a question or stumble over an issue. Throughout my time in the position, the staff of Rural Vermont has been wonderfully transparent about my role and responsibilities. I always feel directed and appreciated here in the Montpelier office. They have also catered the position to best suit my interest and skills. So far I have learned a great deal about how our state government works as well as how a small non-profit operates. This position has provided me with a lens to better understand the big picture of agriculture in this state. Legislatures face many challenges while constructing the framework for farms to operate within. This internship has taught me that my voice matters and it limited political engagement holds the power to make substantial change throughout my community. If you are interested in understanding more about Vermont’s political system, familiarizing yourself with the daily operations of an awesome small non-profit, all while having the opportunity to connect with inspirational small farmers throughout the state I would highly encourage applying for this position.” – Hannah Baxter, Winter 2016 Organizing Intern
“My internship with Rural Vermont this summer has sent me all around the state of Vermont to farmers’ markets, pasture management workshops, open barn parties, traditional foods cooking classes and so much more. In my travels I had the pleasure to meet those individuals who are truly the heart of Vermont. I enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the state I live in and the people who make it possible for farmers and customers to sell and buy good, healthy food. I am thankful to have had the chance to work with such a friendly and dedicated group of people!” – Lida Lutton, Summer 2015 Outreach Intern
“I found that my experiences working at Rural Vermont were very meaningful, particularly the opportunity to work collaboratively with so many different stakeholders in the Vermont farming community. ” – Erin Kee, Hunger Initiatives Program Specialist at the National Council on Aging and 2010 Rural Vermont research intern
“I cannot commend Rural Vermont enough for their challenging and supportive environment and for the encouragement I received to explore my own potential. This was without a doubt one of my most rewarding internship experiences!”
-Holly Kreiner, 2014 Legislative Intern
“The outreach internship [with Rural Vermont] was the first job where I was advocating for something I cared about, and it fostered an intense self-growth that I do not think I could’ve gained elsewhere. After traveling all over the state, I have really increased my sense-of-place in Vermont, and with that increased awareness I think I figured out a lot about myself, my values, and what I care about. Going into the future, I know I want agriculture and education to be two major parts of my life, and without my experience this summer, I can’t say I would’ve found my way to where I am now.”
– Sam Frawley, Summer 2013 Outreach Intern