Resilient Agriculture Intern

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This position is being offered in partnership with the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) through the Diversity in Conservation Internship Program.

Internship Position Title 

Resilient Agriculture Intern

Host site

Dig In! Yancey Community Garden

Location

Burnsville, NC

Duration

May - August 2020 (10 weeks)

Position Summary

The “Resilient Agriculture Intern” will work with the Dig In! Farm Manager to grow organic vegetables to create community food security and mitigate climate change in Yancey County, NC. This goal of this position is to provide hands-on skill training at Dig In!’s diverse gardens and farm for an individual committed to community food justice and addressing climate change in agricultural systems. The intern will farm 1.5 acres of vegetables, flowers, and seeds with the Farm Manager and volunteers at the Dig In! gardens and farm. The intern will participate in community food practices with Dig In! staff, including food distribution events, collaborative food projects, and hands-on learning programs. Dig In! is a community-powered nonprofit that grows a garden, shares the harvest, and elevates the skills and talents of the community to feed one another in the Black Mountain Range of Yancey County, North Carolina. 

Job Duties

Organic Food Production – 70%

  • Assist in all aspects of growing a garden using organic, sustainable growing methods with community members and Dig In! staff. Tasks include planting, cultivating, addressing pests and diseases, harvesting, and other activities necessary for growing food for Dig In! partners and programs. This work includes substantial physical labor.

Community Food Organizing - 20%

  • Dig In! operates using a community organizing model that emphasizes inclusion and participation of community members in all of the services and activities we perform. Time will be spent in hosting community gatherings, preparing outreach materials, meeting with and supporting community members in programming, and collecting data that directs Dig In!’s program development. 

Hands-on education and skills training - 10%

  • Provide hands-on instruction to students, visitors, and volunteers on resilient agricultural practices in the Dig In! garden. Tasks include leaving individuals and groups activities in the garden that increase understanding of and skills related to organic vegetable production, water quality, soil health, and climate change mitigation.  

Qualifications

Required knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Familiarity with gardening and farming practices specific to organic vegetable production
  • Experience leading individuals and groups in educational activities outdoors
  • The capacity to perform physical labor for 5-8/day in inclement weather
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills practiced in community service
  • Proficiency in google docs
  • High level of self-motivation and responsibility
  • Desire and excitement for physical hard work that is necessary in small scale organic agriculture

Preferred knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Skills and/or education in ecology, agriculture, agroecology, food systems, or related fields
  • Previous experience working for an outdoors-based nonprofit
  • Environmental Educator certificate
  • Spanish language proficiency
  • Experience in public speaking 

Unique considerations that this position demands:   

  • The use of a personal vehicle to arrive at the Dig In!! garden
  • High level of physical stamina for outdoor, garden labor
  • Ability to live in a rural area that is predominantly white 

Application Materials

Please submit a cover letter, 1 letter of recommendation, and 2 references that can be contacted who can speak to your skills and interests.

If you have questions or require more information about this position, contact Kathleen Wood at (828) 536-0414 and kwood@diginyancey.org. Learn more about Dig In! at diginyancey.org. 


About the Diversity in Conservation Internship Program (DCIP)

Founded in 2008, CTNC's internship program provides a platform for college students and graduates of color – including people of Asian, Black, Latinx, multiracial, and Native American descent – to engage in and help shape conservation work. Rising leaders of color from across the state participate in paid 10-week summer internships, gaining real-world, hands-on experience. CTNC provides compensation, one-on-one mentorship, and professional networking to equip interns with a strong foundation for successful careers in conservation and beyond.

During the program, host sites learn about conservation through a lens of race and power. Through a combination of individual and group learning, host site supervisors build their capacity to facilitate discussions about race within their organizations, understand their relationships to power, and develop strategies for transforming a culture based in race equity practice.

Compensation

Current undergraduates - $4200

Program Alumni undergraduates - $4400

Recent graduates and graduate students - $4400

Program Alumni graduate students - $4600 

Contact

If you have questions about the program, please contact Lacey Frownfelter at lacey@ctnc.org

*Please note that interviews are scheduled and conducted through the host site.*

Location: Burnsville, NC
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