Opportunities

Thank you so much for your interest in the Desert Farming Initiative (DFI). We are very grateful to those interested in learning or working at DFI.  We are continually looking for ways to expand and provide opportunities for working – hands on learning experiences at our farm.

Employment Opportunities

Farm Production Manager – DFI is currently accepting applications for a unique and amazing opportunity. The Farm Production Manager will oversee, manage, coordinate, and execute the production and harvest of all vegetable and fruit crop operations at two field station sites.  Click here to view the full job description and to learn how to apply. Currently accepting applications!

Farm and Garden AmeriCorps Member – DFI is excited to bring on an Americorps volunteer to serve as a core member of the farm team. This person will assist with producing a diversity of vegetable, fruit, and herb crops; crop production data record keeping; and coordinating volunteer days on the farm with UNR students, faculty, and outside organizations. Other duties include facilitating on farm activities for the public; participating in workshops and events; and developing social media content. One year term (September 2019-August 2020). Compensation includes a living allowance, health benefits and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. Click here to view the full position description. 

Interested in working as a Student Employee?
Student employee positions work in the day to day farming tasks of a small commercial scale vegetable and fruit farm. We hire a few student employees throughout the year. We look for responsible and dedicated UNR students who are committed to work a full season, including all of summer break. We are especially interested in providing opportunities for students who interested in agriculture, food, health, and or just love and enjoy working outdoors.  If you are interested in a job at the DFI farm we encourage you to come volunteer for 4 hours to see if working on a commercial and educational farm is right for you, before you apply (see contact info below).

Interested in volunteering?
Are you interested in getting your hands dirty and learn how to grow vegetables, but not ready for a job farming? Or are you with an organization or company looking for volunteer opportunities? DFI strives to offer individual and group volunteer opportunities. Please see contact info below.

Work Trade Program: DFI is looking for committed volunteers to participate in our ongoing work trade program.  You volunteer for one 4 hour shift per week and receive $20 value of vegetables or fruit from the farm per week, along with free admission to DFI on-farm workshops.  Priority will be given to UNR students.  Most work will include harvesting, washing, and packaging produce.  Must be in good physical health.

Contact DFI at dfi@cabnr.unr.edu or phone 775-682-9783.

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