Education Programs Assistant Full-season Internship

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES INTERNSHIP

POSITION TITLE(s):

Education Programs Assistant Full-season Internship

LOCATION

Interns are required to work a regular schedule at Cedar Circle Farm in East Thetford, VT

NAME AND DESCRIPTION OF ORGANIZATION

Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center is a flower and certified organic vegetable and berry farm located in East Thetford, Vermont. We farm 40 acres including a pick-your-own (PYO) strawberry, blueberry, and pumpkin patch. We also house a farmstand, coffee shop, and a licensed commercial kitchen. Our Education Programs focus on creating opportunities to change the food system and the way people eat by promoting awareness about organic agriculture. We are open from May through October and welcome the public to our farm.

Our Education Programs offer year-round intern opportunities to learn about community food systems by implementing various features of our education programs on the farm and in the community. This opportunity offers a unique experience for those who want to learn to employ farm-based education, build community, and learn to grow their own food, all from a platform of a working organic vegetable farm.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF INTERN

The full-season internship position combines hands-on, practical growing skills in small-scale food production with community leadership skills. The intern will spend 24-32 hours each week in a variety of working situations on the farm and in the community that will provide a grounded knowledge of organic gardening, school gardening, farm-based education, community organizing, and events planning. The intern will take on at least one project to be determined by the intern and the CCF program coordinator that will enrich the farm education programs and enhance the intern’s professional or academic experience.

The full-season position includes maintaining several gardens of medicinal plants, vegetables, culinary herbs, berries, ornamentals and fruit trees on the farm, in the community, and at schools.  Research projects could include developing handouts, website content, and activities for educational farm tours and festivals. Leadership projects could include running the childrens’ areas at our festivals, working at all our farm events, managing the school garden over the summer, assisting with our on-farm gardening classes, and taking a lead role in guided farm tours in Spring and Fall. We host about 1000 students on the farm each year for farm based, hands-on learning opportunities in a variety of formats. Each week the interns time would be roughly divided as follows:

●      10 hours per week in various gardens

●      10 hours per week assisting the Education Program Coordinator with leading tours, running events, and maintaining farm educational displays.

●      10 hours per week assisting the coordinator with administrative work.

SKILLS REQUIRED FOR POSITION

Skills required:

Intermediate gardening skills. Highly organized. Willingness to work with groups of all ages in a leadership position.

Helpful skills:

Craft skills such as painting, woodworking, creating group games and crafts, and garden design. Creative writing. Administrative skills. Education background. Understanding of farm-based or place-based education. Interest in food politics, organic food, and sustainable farming practices.

Other requirements:

A background check will be required for all staff who will work with school children.

WHO WILL BE THE INTERN’S SUPERVISOR

Cat Buxton, Education Coordinator, Cedar Circle farm & Education Center

The intern will work as an assistant to Cat Buxton who manages the education programs, community outreach, and events coordination for the farm. Cat will directly supervise the intern, will coordinate weekly check-ins with the intern, and provide guidance toward the specific goals of the internship.

HOURS AND TERM OF APPOINTMENT

Education Programs Assistant Full-season Internship: 24-32 hrs/wk second week of April – first week of November. Includes 5 days per week on the farm and in the local community, including some weekends.

REMUNERATION

The intern will be paid for 24-32 hrs/wk from the second week of April – first week of November 2014.

Housing is not available on the farm. Applicants must have housing within a reasonable commute to the farm in East Thetford VT, and must have reliable transportation.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO APPLY, CONTACT

Mail or email your resume and letter of interest to:

Cat Buxton, Education Coordinator

Cedar Circle farm & Education Center

225 Pavillion Road

East Thetford, Vermont 05043

email: cat@cedarcirclefarm.org

East Thetford, Vermont
2014-04-30
Cedar Circle Farm
Cat Buxton
cat@cedarcirclefarm.org

225 Pavillion Road
East Thetford, Vermont 05043

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