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Note: On the listings map, we only display work hosts who are actively seeking workers so if the map looks a bit sparse over the summer, please check back late summer/fall to see more Montana listings!

The Work Link program provides a listing service for farmers and ranchers seeking workers and connects people wanting to learn how to farm or ranch with experienced producers willing to share their expertise. The typical internship arrangement involves an exchange of labor for room, board, a stipend, and intensive training and experience in farming.

Farm internships may provide opportunities for training in:

  • Vegetable, herb, and flower production at many different scales
  • Marketing techniques, including direct marketing strategies
  • Livestock production, including cattle, goats, sheep, horses, pigs, and poultry
  • Dairy farming and cheese making with cows, goats, or sheep
  • Seed saving
  • Making value-added products
  • Grass-based and intensive rotational grazing farm systems

These and many other diverse opportunities are available across Montana.

Participants in the Work Link program will also have access to farm worker-focused field days held in Western Montana and conflict resolution services through the Community Dispute Resolution Center.  In addition, the Community Food & Agriculture Coalition offers business planning workshops each winter and other resources that may add to your work experience.

Note: We use the term “intern” to talk about many kinds of farm employee – short-term, seasonal, or year-round interns, and apprentices. Our use of the term “intern” does not necessarily relate to the US Department of Labor’s definition of an intern and each opportunity is specific to the farm that’s listing it.