Hawaiʻi Institute of Pacific Agriculture

Aina Fest 2017

APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS

HIP Agriculture offers 3 Farm Apprenticeship positions on our organic farm and tropical agro-forest. Our apprenticeship program is open to graduates of the Living Farm Internship Program as well as individuals experienced in farm operations or offering a skilled trade.

Apprentices will have the opportunity to live and learn on the HIP Agriculture farm in exchange for 25-30 hours of farm work, field projects, food processing and special events. Working alongside the farm managers, and lead farmer and director, Dash, apprentices will gain valuable skills in permaculture, organic gardening, agroforestry, animal care, plant medicine, and more!

Farm Apprenticeship

The gardens are a rich setting for experiential education and service learning in areas of agriculture, tropical permaculture, food justice and sovereignty. Apprentice’s learn all aspects of gardening while working closely with HIP Staff. We are looking for those who want to learn from working on our farm and living in our community to carry their experience into future endeavors.

Projects and Activities

Farm Apprentices are involved in all aspects of gardening, including:

  • Propagation
  • Bed preparation
  • Composting
  • Transplanting
  • Sowing
  • Watering
  • Weeding
  • Harvesting
  • Seed saving and processing
  • Farmer’s Market preparations
  • Cleaning

Qualifications

Farm Apprentices are involved in all aspects of gardening, including:

  • An excitement and desire to learn through hands-on on the farm.
  • A desire to learn through experiential hands-on gardening is essential.
  • Prior gardening experience is helpful but not necessary.
  • We are looking for motivated, self-starting people who can be comfortable occasionally working alone.
  • Physical stamina and the ability to work for 6 hours is a must. We work outside rain or shine!
  • A desire to live and work in a community.
Facilities Apprenticeship

If fixing vehicles, building structures, mending fences, tree work, plumbing and/or electrical work is your thing, you should apply for our Facilities Apprenticeship. This residential position focuses on maintaining and improving the infrastructure at HIP Agriculture around our mac-nut gulch, agro-forest, and organic farm. Tasks vary from simple, daily projects and maintenance to multi-week construction projects depending on your knowledge and skill set.

Projects and Activities

Facilities apprentices have the opportunity to work on a great deal of various projects in the following areas, depending on the work that needs to be done:

  • carpentry
  • plumbing
  • electrical
  • woodworking
  • forest management

Qualifications

  • Ease of understanding and applying task instructions.
  • Ability to work equally as well alone or as part of a team.
  • Skills in any and all areas of the building trades are desirable but not necessary.
  • Ability to be flexible with hours and work assignments.
  • A valid driver’s license & clean driving record.
Culinary Apprenticeship

Culinary apprentices work on a variety of food preparation and processing projects on the farm and occasionally in a local commercial community kitchen. Summer apprentices will have the opportunity to support a week-long summer immersion and a farm to table dinner. Fall apprentices will have the opportunity to support community events and our fall Macadamia Nut harvest. Apprentices will learn from HIP’s Founder and the nutrition and food coordinator and our resident Natural Chef. This is an amazing opportunity for individuals wanting to gain experience in farm to table fare, bulk food preservation, cooking for large groups and events. Culinary apprentices will not only be limited to working on food related projects, but will gain of variety of work experiences on the farm and in the community.

Projects and Activities

Facilities apprentices have the opportunity to work on a great deal of various projects in the following areas, depending on the work that needs to be done:

  • Turmeric Processing.
  • Macadamia Nut Processing.
  • Decanting Honey and Tinctures.
  • Food Preservation.
  • Harvesting, Food Preparation, and Cleanup for community courses and events.
  • Cleaning.
  • Farmers Markets.

Qualifications

  • Prior kitchen experience is desired but not required.
  • Curiosity and passion for creating healthy food for your community.
  • Quick learner and ability to follow instruction.
  • Physical requirements include being able to life 50lbs and be on your feet for 6+ hours.
  • Ability to be flexible with hours and work assignments.
  • Patience, humor and humility!

Farm Apprenticeship

The gardens are a rich setting for experiential education and service learning in areas of agriculture, tropical permaculture, food justice and sovereignty. Apprentice’s learn all aspects of gardening while working closely with HIP Staff. We are looking for those who want to learn from working on our farm and living in our community to carry their experience into future endeavors.

Projects and Activities

Farm Apprentices are involved in all aspects of gardening, including:

  • Propagation
  • Bed preparation
  • Composting
  • Transplanting
  • Sowing
  • Watering
  • Weeding
  • Harvesting
  • Seed saving and processing
  • Farmer’s Market preparations
  • Cleaning

Qualifications

Farm Apprentices are involved in all aspects of gardening, including:

  • An excitement and desire to learn through hands-on on the farm.
  • A desire to learn through experiential hands-on gardening is essential.
  • Prior gardening experience is helpful but not necessary.
  • We are looking for motivated, self-starting people who can be comfortable occasionally working alone.
  • Physical stamina and the ability to work for 6 hours is a must. We work outside rain or shine!
  • A desire to live and work in a community.

Facilities Apprenticeship

If fixing vehicles, building structures, mending fences, tree work, plumbing and/or electrical work is your thing, you should apply for our Facilities Apprenticeship. This residential position focuses on maintaining and improving the infrastructure at HIP Agriculture around our mac-nut gulch, agro-forest, and organic farm. Tasks vary from simple, daily projects and maintenance to multi-week construction projects depending on your knowledge and skill set.

Projects and Activities

Facilities apprentices have the opportunity to work on a great deal of various projects in the following areas, depending on the work that needs to be done:

  • carpentry
  • plumbing
  • electrical
  • woodworking
  • forest management

Qualifications

  • Ease of understanding and applying task instructions.
  • Ability to work equally as well alone or as part of a team.
  • Skills in any and all areas of the building trades are desirable but not necessary.
  • Ability to be flexible with hours and work assignments.
  • A valid driver’s license & clean driving record.

Culinary Apprenticeship

Culinary apprentices work on a variety of food preparation and processing projects on the farm and occasionally in a local commercial community kitchen. Summer apprentices will have the opportunity to support a week-long summer immersion and a farm to table dinner. Fall apprentices will have the opportunity to support community events and our fall Macadamia Nut harvest. Apprentices will learn from HIP’s Founder and the nutrition and food coordinator and our resident Natural Chef. This is an amazing opportunity for individuals wanting to gain experience in farm to table fare, bulk food preservation, cooking for large groups and events. Culinary apprentices will not only be limited to working on food related projects, but will gain of variety of work experiences on the farm and in the community.

Projects and Activities

Facilities apprentices have the opportunity to work on a great deal of various projects in the following areas, depending on the work that needs to be done:

  • Turmeric Processing.
  • Macadamia Nut Processing.
  • Decanting Honey and Tinctures.
  • Food Preservation.
  • Harvesting, Food Preparation, and Cleanup for community courses and events.
  • Cleaning.
  • Farmers Markets.

Qualifications

  • Prior kitchen experience is desired but not required.
  • Curiosity and passion for creating healthy food for your community.
  • Quick learner and ability to follow instruction.
  • Physical requirements include being able to life 50lbs and be on your feet for 6+ hours.
  • Ability to be flexible with hours and work assignments.
  • Patience, humor and humility!

Fall/Winter Apprenticeship (November-March) & Summer Apprenticeship (May-August)

  • Apprenticeship includes 25 hours per week of farm projects in exchange for fresh farm food, full access to our Mango Kitchen, and a tent platform in our macadamia nut grove.
  • Apprentices work on average, Monday-Friday 8:00am-1:00pm.
  • Participation in community life through contributing to weekly meetings, chore rotations, good communication, and cleanliness.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall/Winter: October 15th
  • Summer: April 15th

Apply Today!

Complete the application form and please upload a resume and picture of yourself within the application portal.

To practice and teach ecologically conscious agriculture, empowering individuals and communities to cultivate alternative systems of living that restore human and environmental health.

Follow Us

NEWSLETTER SIGNUP