Farm to School to Healthcare Garden Steward Supervisor

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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 

Farm to School to Healthcare Garden Steward Supervisor

Host site

Farm to School to Healthcare, housed at Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center

Location

Ahoskie, NC

Duration

May - August 2020 (10 weeks)

Position Summary

The Farm to School to Healthcare (F2S2H) Garden Steward Supervisor will work alongside a diverse group of community partners to strengthen and expand school gardens, youth-led farmer’s markets, and other community outreach associated with the project. The position works directly with the project facilitator (Hertford County Student Wellness Center Director). The internship will focus on developing best practices and programs that support the work of F2S2H including: sustainable gardening practices, youth leadership, and summer camps targeting youth around gardening, environmental stewardship, and Healthy Eating and Active Living (HE/AL).  This opportunity provides a unique experience to learn how a group of community partners work together to address social determinants of health in a rural community with limited financial resources. The intern will be housed at a Federally Qualified Health Center so they will also gain insights into how nontraditional partners can engage in conservation work and environmental education in a community setting. 

Job Duties

Lead Garden Stewards (High School Volunteers) through Garden Management (70%):

  • Model standards of behavior for Garden Stewards
  • Educate students on gardening practices and safety protocols
  • Lead gardening activities in the various sites managed by F2S2H
  • Ensure safe and welcoming work environment for Garden Stewards
  • Develop work schedules and site rotations for Garden Stewards
  • Communicate needs of Garden Stewards to community partners and supervisor
  • Assist Garden Stewards in their efforts to lead a pop-up farmer’s market

Educational Program Development and Implementation (20%):

  • Assist with the development of educational programs for summer camp participants
  • Assist with the implementation and evaluation of programs
  • Communicate effectively with diverse populations including young children and their parents/caregivers
  • Help coordinate educational outreach activities associated with sustainable gardening and local foods through a Local Foods Workshop series

Develop Best Practices for Sustainable Gardening (5%):

  • Review and evaluate existing strategies for maintaining school gardens
  • Evaluate literature for recommendations on improving sustainable gardening practices
  • Train program participants on implementation of best practices

Assist with Expansion and Forward Momentum of Farm to School to Healthcare (5%):

  • Assist with partner meetings to discuss progress of F2S2H
  • Collect necessary data for grant reports associated with gardens, produce, and community engagement
  • Assist with grant writing if relevant during term of service

Qualifications

Required knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Communication Skills
  • Time Management/Organization
  • Cultural Empathy
  • Community Engagement
  • Leadership
  • Creative Thinking
  • Self-Management
  • Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Responsibility/Ability to work independently and in group settings
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Preferred knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Sustainable Gardening Practices
  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Consensus-building among diverse partners

Unique considerations that this position demands:   

The successful candidate must be comfortable working in outdoor settings, including high temperatures throughout the summer and performing basic gardening tasks such as digging in the soil, handling insects and plants, and harvesting and cleaning produce. Precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of the intern and Garden Stewards, including scheduling outdoor work times early in the day, rescheduling work days in extreme heat or other adverse weather conditions, and following sun safety protocols.  

This internship position will primarily function during regular working hours including 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday- Thursday and 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Fridays. Some evening or weekend programs may occur, but should be kept to a minimum. Interns will need to have reliable transportation in order to serve at various garden sites throughout the community.


Application Materials

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter expressing their interest and qualifications, resume, and at least one reference letter. If you have questions or require more information about this position, contact Catherine Parker at cparker@rcchc.org or 252-396-0402. 


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: Ahoskie, NC
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