Food Access Internship at Prairie Crossing Farm

POSITION SUMMARY: This internship with the Prairie Crossing Farm and Liberty Prairie Foundation is focused on community engagement and distributing fresh vegetables via multiple programs to underserved communities. The position offers the successful candidate a diverse and meaningful experience in the area of food systems with a dynamic and leading organization in the field. Applications due 27 Feb 2015.

Prairie Crossing Farm

The intern will conduct outreach activities to communities and organizations pursuing local food initiatives; coordinate a fresh vegetable distribution program with a local community partner organization; run a gleaning program; and distribute vegetables to voucher recipients of the Women Infant Children (WIC) Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP).

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Coordinate distribution of fresh vegetables grown by the Prairie Farm Corps to Waukegan, thus increasing the amount of fresh food available to the community.
  • Attend vegetable distribution days to talk with community members about the importance of fresh, healthy vegetables and educate residents about their local food system.
  • Coordinate the Foundation’s new gleaning program: lead and coordinate each bi-weekly gleaning event; recruit the appropriate number of volunteers for each event; distribute gleaned vegetables to local community groups and food pantries.
  • Distribute vegetables to voucher recipients of the Women Infant Children (WIC) Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP); bring vegetables to local WIC office and conduct a brief nutrition education program.
  • Coordinate the Foundation’s seedling donation program.
  • Lead tours of the Prairie Crossing Farm.
  • Ability to converse in English required; ability to converse in Spanish a plus.
  • Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds.
  • Must have a valid drivers license.
  • Access to a car is helpful, but not required.
  • All applicants must be willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS AND BACKGROUND:

Education: Working towards a BA/BS or MA/MS degree in food systems, business, environmental science, communications, policy, research or related field.

Experience: Past coursework, internship, work or volunteer experience in food systems and food research, program development or communications. Experience working with those with limited food access and disadvantaged populations, and experience maintaining a website and organizational social media are pluses.

Knowledge/Skills:

  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Experience working in or studying food systems, agriculture, public health, education, community organizing, or public service.
  • Ability to work independently and to engage in independent and group problem solving and decision-making.
  • Knowledge of and comfort with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs and social media sites.
  • Ability to communicate in a culturally appropriate and sensitive manner to effectively bring out the best in people of varying backgrounds.

Other: Interest in or knowledge of sustainable agriculture, local food/food systems or community development demonstrated by past coursework, internship, volunteer or work experience.

Salary: $12.50 per hour, 35 hours per week. Housing for the duration of the internship is available.

State Date: Flexible start date in June 2015, however, there may be an opportunity for limited spring hours.

End Date: August 2015, flexible.

How to Apply: Send cover letter and resume to Emily Weber at Emily@libertyprairie.org by Feb. 27.

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