Agricultural Internship
North Fort Myers, FL Agricultural Training

ECHO is a Christian non-profit organization that equips small-scale farmers, missionaries, and development workers worldwide to combat hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. ECHO actively investigates, teaches, and promotes solutions to agricultural challenges and seeks innovative ways to grow food in difficult conditions.

ECHO is currently seeking the next four interns to start the ECHO Internship program; 2 interns starting July, 2018 (Rainforest and Appropriate Technology areas) and 2 interns starting October, 2018 (Community Garden and Semi-Arid areas). The application will close on February 1, 2018.

The ECHO Internship program provides an opportunity for professional and personal development for individuals wanting to be equipped to live out their faith commitments through a career in international agriculture development. The Internship Program focuses on hands-on training along with seminars and field trips in tropical agriculture, community development and appropriate technologies for those interested in working in developing countries. Interns learn at our ECHO Global Farm in southwest Florida for 14 months and then have the opportunity to participate in a 6-month field experience at one of ECHO’s Regional Impact Centers. Currently, ECHO offers eight internship positions each year with 2 interns arriving each quarter: seven agriculture internship positions and one appropriate technology internship position.

To learn more about the application and selection process please refer to the ECHO Internship Program web page .

To learn more about the Internship program please refer to ECHO's Internship Program: Training Agricultural Development Workers for International Service document.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will occasionally work with agrochemicals after completing the required pesticide safety training. The work environment is mostly outdoors under varying conditions for extended periods; however, there are times when work occurs in an office setting. Outside conditions may include inclement weather, heat and humidity levels normal to Southwest Florida.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, and climbing. This position occasionally lifts and carries heavy objects, and performs strenuous physical labor on a farm. The employee must have excellent stamina.

Required Documents for a Complete Application

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Contact Information for References (see end of application for more details)
  1. Undergraduate degree or equivalent work experience
  2. Fluency in English (oral and written)
  3. U.S. Citizen or hold U.S. work permit
  4. Valid passport
  5. Desire to live-out a professed belief in Jesus by serving all persons in developing countries
  6. Ability to engage in moderate physical activity

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