Farmer Incubation Program Coordinator, Intern

The Farmer Incubation Program Coordinator Intern focuses on supporting the first year of farmland rental to experienced urban farmers.

This position will work directly with farmers, assessing their technical support needs and coordinating with program partners (Penn State Extension, Allegheny County Conservation District, Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture) to address these gaps through programming, workshops, technical support, or market access. This position will support site management, including work trade farmers performing site maintenance in exchange for reduced rental rates and site access challenges or needs.

This position reports to the Executive Director. This internship is unpaid, and can be used for college credit.

Food Access Research:

In addition to liaising directly with farmers, this position will complete program-specific research projects to inform the next stages of program development and investment.

  • Assess food access gaps in the 11 Hilltop neighborhoods to generate a list of neighborhood based partners and events for the mobile Farmer’s Market of the Hilltop Urban Farm.

  • Assess commercial kitchen demand in Pittsburgh, commercial kitchen operating models, and generate a list of churches with commercial kitchens in the 11 Hilltop neighborhoods for a potential commercial kitchen partnership model with the Farmer Incubation Program at Hilltop Urban Farm.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Interest or background in sustainable agriculture, food justice, social justice and food. access. Food production experience a plus, including use of farm tools and/or machinery.

  • Experience working directly with farmers and farm businesses. Ability to work directly with immigrant communities.

  • Experience coordinating and assessing programming needs.

  • Ability to independently complete research projects.

  • Ability to carry up to 40 pounds.


  • Schedule is flexible, to be determined.

  • Hours: ~10-15 hours per week, totaling 120 hours for 3 credits within one semester.

  • The ideal candidate would be available from April 2019 to November 2019.


  • The Farmer Incubation Program Coordinator Intern must own a laptop computer.

  • Preferred - Valid driver’s license and personal vehicle (non-commute mileage can be reimbursed).

Application Requirements:

Please submit resume and cover letter to Sarah Baxendell, Director, Hilltop Urban Farm, by email ( Please use the subject “Farmer Incubation Program Coordinator Intern Application.”