Taliesin Agriculture Apprentice: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

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  • Spring Green, Wisconsin
Company Description:
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation exists to preserve Taliesin and Taliesin West for future generations, and enrich society through an understanding of Frank Lloyd Wright's ideas, architecture, and design.
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The Taliesin Agriculture Apprentice will participate in the planning, opening, closing, and day-to-day maintenance of the 1/5-acre vegetable garden and farm-related activities in collaboration with Fazenda Boa Terra staff farming at Taliesin and the Chef/Kitchen Manager, and encourage the participation of Taliesin community members, students, and volunteers in the vegetable garden. The apprentice will have the opportunity to live, work, and learn at an established non-profit educational organization and CSA farm; to participate in cultural opportunities offered onsite; and to play an active role in a dynamic and vibrant community.
Essential Functions:

  • Seeding, transplanting, labeling, weeding, pruning, trellising, thinning, watering, harvesting, and pest control.
  • Preparing beds, mowing, digging, tilling, composting, and raking.
  • Washing, sorting, packing, and labeling crops and orders.
  • Encouraging and coordinating garden projects for students of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Taliesin community members and volunteers.
  • Preparing orders for the Taliesin kitchen and restaurant and market orders. May assist with sales and setup/breakdown of farmer’s market’s booths.
  • Carries out succession planting, composting, and other garden best practices.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • College students or recent graduates studying agriculture, farm management, or a related area.
  • Previous experience with organic vegetable production on a larger scale than home garden preferred.
  • Ability to use and maintain basic landscape management tools, including pruning equipment, irrigation equipment, rakes, shovels, and cultivating tools.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work collaboratively with diverse audiences, including Foundation and School staff, students, residents, and volunteers.
  • Willingness to participate in Taliesin life and actively interact with the residential community.
  • Ability and willingness to work outside in all kinds of weather in suitable clothing and work safely at all times.
  • Ability to multi-task and switch priorities of projects as needs of job change.
  • Able to work as a team and independently.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Agricultural or related training or degree.
  • Experience with physically demanding work.
  • Familiarity with Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin, and the missions of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and School of Architecture.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Physical Demands: While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee will be required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and consistently receive and/or give direction. The employee must regularly lift up to 50 pounds and regularly carry 15-20 pounds the length of the garden area. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Frank Lloyd Wright established the Taliesin Fellowship in 1932 to provide a total learning environment that would foster responsible, creative, and cultured human beings. Apprentices, as members of the Fellowship were called, gained experience not only in architecture but also in construction, farming, gardening, and cooking, and the study of nature, music, art, and dance. From its origins Taliesin has served as a living, working, educational space, forming a creative and diverse community of professional architects, artists, faculty, students, and staff. The Taliesin Farms and Vegetable Garden showcase the principles of Wright’s original vision for Taliesin through the integration of farming and gardening into the academic, cultural, and communal day-to-day activities on the 600-acre property in Spring Green, Wisconsin.

Compensation package includes $600/month stipend, room and board, and group health insurance.

Apply here: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

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