Merck Forest and Farm Center Farm Management Rupert Vermont
Teaching and demonstrating the benefits of innovative, sustainable management of forest and farmland

Employment Opportunities

Apprenticeship(s) Available: Education/Farm/Forestry Program


Merck's Apprenticeship Program is an opportunity to be immersed in the central operations of our non-profit educational organization: for nine months of the year (mid-February through mid-November) apprentices will learn the concepts and practices of science-based education, sustainable land management on the farm and forest, and Merck's day-to-day operations.  

This position is a great opportunity for recent college graduates interested in pursuing a career in farm-, forestry-, or environmental-based education, or those wanting to work in the non-profit sector.

Program Areas:


  • Theories and practices of education
  • Leading school and volunteer groups
  • Developing programming for children and adults
  • Involvement with community events and workshops
  • Farm planning and production. Skills include working with draft horses, animal husbandry, gardening, tractor operation, facilities, and equipment maintenance
  • Maple sugaring
  • Forest management and trail maintenance
  • Opportunities for professional development



Vermont minimum wage for 40 hours/week, on-site housing, farm-raised eggs and meat when available, and access to garden space for growing vegetables.


Applicants must be a minimum of 21 years old and be dedicated, motivated, physically active people, who enjoy working outdoors in all types of weather. Applicants also need a strong willingness to learn, and openness to teach others. A valid driver's license is required. Must be able to lift up to 50lbs.

Teaching experience and working on a farm with equipment and/or animals is preferred, but not necessary. No pets allowed.

To apply please send cover letter and resume to Education Director Chris Hubbard at

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We are not affiliated with, nor do we receive annual support from Merck & Co. Inc.
We are not part of any government agency. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent
allowed by law and are greatly appreciated!

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