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The Intervale Conservation Nursery, Intervale Gleaning & Food Rescue and our summer community event Summervale wouldn’t be the same without volunteers. We also rely on volunteers around the office, on the web and in our gardens.

Volunteering at the Intervale Center is easy:


  • First, fill out a volunteer application.
  • Second, email your application and waiver forms to Carolyn Zeller at carolyn@intervale.org
  • Third, feel free to visit Wildfire to sign up for upcoming volunteer shifts. We will also be in touch by email about new opportunities as they come available!


At the Intervale Center, we provide meaningful, fun, and well-organized volunteer opportunities that allow groups to engage in their community food system in tangible ways. Your volunteer time will:

  • Improve food access by gleaning and distributing fresh vegetables
  • Keep the one-and-only Intervale maintained for free public use
  • Improve Vermont and Lake Champlain’s water quality by tending to native tree stock
  • Celebrate Vermont’s vibrant food system

Volunteer activities are led by knowledgeable, experienced program staff that orient and support each volunteer group throughout the day.

To set up a volunteer opportunity or for more information, contact:



Check out our job openings, internship opportunities, and work-study positions below. Interested in hands-on farm work? Please visit our list of farms to contact an Intervale farm directly.

Job Openings

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Work-Study Positions

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Event Coordinator Intern

Work with Intervale Center staff to coordinate logistics, manage event flow, and oversee 9 successful Summervales, and assist with all other farm to table dinners.

Summervale Music Intern

Work with Joe Adler and the Intervale Center Summervale team to coordinate, promote and support Summervale’s musicians and performers.

Nutrition Education and Food Access Specialist

Work to increase access to fresh, local food and provide access to nutrition education and resources for low-income Vermonters in the Burlington area and beyond.

Field Gleaning Leader

Assist in weekly gleaning efforts by managing volunteer groups and overseeing the harvest of surplus product on various farms within the Intervale, and Chittenden County, in order to distribute this product to 175 low-income community members and 20 social service organizations.

Fair Share Pickup and Distribution Leader (2 positions available)

Assist in the weekly distribution and execution of the Fair Share program while ensuring Fair Share members have a positive, inclusive experience at the Intervale Center.


Intervale Food Hub works with a team of interns and/or volunteers during the Summer, Fall Semester, and Spring Semester. Click here for more information!


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The Intervale is open to the public 365 days a year. Stop by the information kiosk at the Intervale Center’s offices to orient yourself and enjoy hiking, skiing or bike riding in the Intervale (be sure to lock up your valuables!). If you are interested in visiting farms in the Intervale, you can contact them directly here. Click here for a trail map and get ski conditions here!

Public Tours

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Join us at the Intervale Center to learn about the Intervale’s rich agricultural history and innovative programs and visit the Intervale Conservation Nursery greenhouses, the Intervale Food Hub barn, and the Intervale farmer complex. Public tours provide a general overview of our programs, are geared towards the Burlington community, and are subject to scheduling changes. If you are traveling to Burlington for a tour or have more specific questions or needs, please choose a private tour. Public tours are free and open to the community and last about an hour.

Free public tours take place at 10 AM on the 4th Friday of the month from April – October (2017 dates: April 28, May 26, June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22, and October 27). Meet at the Intervale Center offices (the red brick building on the right-hand side of Intervale Road, just past Gardener’s Supply Co.) Advance reservations required. For more information or to RSVP, contact Carolyn Zeller at carolyn@intervale.org or fill out the form.

Private Tours

One-hour guided tours take guests through our historic farmstead to our greenhouse complex and farmer barn. Along the way, we share the history and evolution of Intervale Center work, with special emphasis on current programs. $100/hr for up to 15 people and $200/hr for up to 30 people. Two weeks advance notice required for private tours. Contact Carolyn Zeller for more information


Each year, we work with groups from around the world who want to learn about and replicate the Intervale Center’s work to the benefit of community food systems everywhere. We offer our expertise to help individuals, organizations and communities by providing the following services:

  • Intervale Center tours
  • Program Specific Consultation
  • Extended sessions at the Intervale Center
  • Speaking engagements and support at your site

Program Specific Consultation

We offer one-on-one support to help you develop and implement your own food systems programming. If you would like to discuss a particular Intervale Center program, our staff is available to spend 15-20 minutes sharing our work and to answer your questions free of charge. Extended consultations can be arranged with program staff for $100/hr. Contact Sam Smith for Farm Business Planning, Teddy Gamache for Intervale Food Hub, Maggie Donin for Farm Incubation or Mike Ingalls for Intervale Conservation Nursery.

Extended Sessions at the Intervale Center

For more extensive information, Intervale Center staff will spend a day with your organization. An eight-hour day includes an in-depth discussion with our Executive Director, presentations by program staff, an extended tour and meetings with farmers. We also include up to four hours of follow-up consultation. Pricing is dependent on the number of Intervale Center staff participating in your sessions. Prices start at $1,500/day. Contact Executive Director Travis Marcotte for more information.

Speaking Engagement and Support at your Site

We have presented our work in the U.S., Canada and Japan. These visits are customized by client, and we will work with you to put together a program that fits your needs. We encourage you to partner with other organizations in your region; this is an excellent way to generate community interest in your work and bring stakeholders together. Pricing available upon request. Contact Executive Director Travis Marcotte.