SCOPE OF WORK: Through the New Roots Farm Program, the IRC provides refugees who are seeking to begin or are currently in gardening or agricultural business with the opportunity to access business and production training, one-on-one technical assistance, and assistance with access to farm business resources such as land, capital, etc.
The New Roots Program Intern is primarily responsible for the coordination and organizing of farmers and volunteers amidst the community gardens, mobilizing recruitment, and produce marketing. Additionally, the intern will design training materials and contribute to the New Roots newsletter, and keep inventory of garden tools.
Under the supervision of the New Roots Program Supervisor, the intern will assist with the following:
Recruitment of participants:
- Assist in outreach/orientation to potential clients during information sessions
- Enroll participants into the program, ensuring their eligibility
- Keep records of enrollment and document the enrollment materials
- Explain the garden rules to the participants and ensuring that they understand and sign appropriate documents
- Manage community garden
- Organize community members for participation into our community gardens
Coordination of Community Garden:
- Ensure compliance of the program participants to garden rules and policies;
- Ensure clean rows and care for crops (free of weeds);
- Coordinate volunteers during workdays;
- Help farmers to organize pop-up stands at different locations
- Re-design the training materials to make it more appealing (not required to produce content)
- Design New Roots Community Gardens Newsletter
- Organize New Roots training materials
Information System Management:
- Collect appropriate survey materials for analysis;
- Enter data into the program's information data systems, including Down Home & other internal tracking forms/systems
- Provide supervisor with data for narrative reports
- Bachelor’s degree (or working towards a bachelor's degree) in Agribusiness, Business, Agriculture, Economics, Finance, or related field preferred, although not required
- Demonstrated understanding of community gardening with experience in community organizing strongly desirable
- Strong organizational skills, including successfully managing several projects at the same time
- Intermediate level understanding of Microsoft Office applications;
- Excellent written & verbal skills required;
- Bi-lingual ability preferred, although not required;
- Demonstrated experience working with multi-cultural populations
- Access to reliable transportation with valid driver’s license & active insurance policy
- Community Outreach
- Program Management
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 10-15+ hrs/week (3 months)
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