Internship Position: Field Trip Assistant

DURATION: 15-20 hours/week, April 2018 through June 2018

Veggielution seeks a Field Trip Assistant(s) to assist in hosting middle school student groups participating in our Eastside Explorers field trip program. Eastside Explorers incorporates farm-based and nutrition education activities centered around collaborative group tasks focused on cooking and nutrition, human impacts, and ecological interconnections in our unique outdoor setting. This position will work collaboratively with the Community Engagement Program Manager to provide students with a comprehensive and engaging visit.  S/he must work well independently to lead student groups and connect with the community. The Veggielution Field Trip Assistant(s) will refine teaching and leadership skills, while receiving mentorship. This is a paid internship.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Facilitate activity stations during field trips.
  • Translate for participants from English to Spanish, when needed.
  • Set up and clean up activity stations; ensuring a safe and clean environment.
  • Form and maintain healthy relationships with teachers and administrative staff, students, and parents in East San Jose.                    

Required Qualifications:                

  • Bilingual/biliterate Spanish-English.
  • Must be able to work Tuesday through Thursday (8am to 2pm) when classes are scheduled.
  • Experience in outdoor/nutrition education.                    

To Apply

We encourage you to forward this announcement to others who may be interested. 

Please apply by submitting a cover letter and resume via e-mail at: emilys@veggielution.org


Internship Position: fEAST San Jose Food and Beverage Coordinator

DURATION: 8 hours/week, March 1 - June 30, 2018

The Food and Beverage Coordinator intern will report directly to the Operations Manager. This person, along with other Veggielution staff, members of the Board of Directors, and event advisors serves as a key member of the fEAST San Jose Planning Committee.  The internship is a 8 hour per week commitment.

Veggielution’s fEAST San Jose is our annual is fundraising dinner, which will be held this year on Sunday, June 10. The purpose of the dinner is to celebrate another year of success, raise funds for Community Engagement, Environmental Education, and Volunteer Training programs and, thank our many donors who have supported us over the past year. For the second year in a row, Veggielution will be partnering with the Michelin-star team of Adega to celebrate our 10th anniversary.

Duties and Responsibilities

EVENT PLANNING (50%)

  • Serve as primary logistical contact to Adega team
  • Attend bi-weekly evening planning committee meetings
  • Train back of house/kitchen volunteers on all kitchen functions, including but not limited to food purchasing, receiving, preparation and maintenance of quality standards, safety, sanitation, and cleanliness
  • Oversee training of volunteers in safe operation of all kitchen equipment and utensils
  • Manage food and beverage purchasing/in kind acquisition from various vendors
  • Work with Operations Manager to ensure that Veggielution is complying with Alcohol and Beverage Commission and Environmental Health conditions and requirements.
  • Respond in a timely manner to requests from planning committee
  • Work with Volunteer Coordinator to align back of house and front of house volunteer service
  • Work with Volunteer Coordinator to schedule pre-event volunteer trainings
  • Plan table and food service set up based on needs expressed by Adega team and planning committee

EVENT EXECUTION (40%)

  • Lead food and beverage service
  • Manage back of house food and beverage volunteers
  • Ensure that food is consistently prepared and served according to the Adega team’s recipe, portioning, cooking, and serving standards.
  • Receive and graciously handle any complaints concerning food, beverages or service
  • Ensure that all side work and all cleaning of equipment and food service areas is completed before and after event is finished.

EVENT FOLLOW UP (10%)

  • Participate in post-event debrief session and one-on-one feedback session with Operations Manager
  • Develop suggestions about improvements for next year’s event

Qualifications:                

  • Is committed Commitment to the mission and vision of Veggielution
  • Has worked in an environment that serves alcohol
  • Has supervised employees that handle or prep food and/or alcohol
  • Has the highest regard for customer service and employee engagement
  • Has worked as part of a team
  • Has dealt with operations surrounding large volumes of guests at once
  • Has the ability to maintain a pleasant, calm disposition under stress
  • Has strong organizational and time management skills
  • Is self-motivated and goal-oriented
  • Has the ability to motivate and engage with people with sensitivity to differences (of race/culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and age)
  • Has an open and straightforward communication style, with collaborative instincts
  • Is able to reach, bend, stoop, and frequently lift up to 50 pounds               

To Apply

We encourage you to forward this announcement to others who may be interested. 

Please apply by submitting a cover letter and resume via e-mail at: cayceh@veggielution.org


Internship Position: Farm Internship (5 positions)

DURATION: Spring 2018 March - June & Summer 2018 June - August

Farm Interns report directly to the Farm Manager and work closely with staff and other volunteers to complete a wide variety of farm tasks including, but not limited to; bed preparation, seeding and transplanting, weeding, pruning, harvesting, greenhouse propagation, chicken care, composting, and irrigation systems maintenance. You will work in a collaborative, team environment as part of the farm crew, working alongside staff and volunteers to strengthen daily farm operations. You will select an area of focus within the farm operation (chicken coop, orchard, compost, greenhouse, and packing shed) and will be responsible for a project within that area. (Focus area description below)

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Select an area of focus within the farm and work closely with farm crew staff and other interns to strengthen operations within that area.
  • Create and maintain a schedule based on your availability for management of your area of focus.
  • Work quickly and efficiently on a variety of farm tasks including bed preparation, composting, seeding, transplanting, weeding, fertilizing, pruning, trellising, harvesting, etc.
  • Welcome new volunteers to the farm and serve as a leader, role model, and teacher.

The ideal candidate for this position has:

  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Comfort working with people from diverse backgrounds (age, race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and ability)
  • Enthusiasm and passion for Veggielution’s mission
  • Some experience and interest in gardening, farming, landscaping, etc.
  • Reliability and a strong sense of self-motivation
  • Bilingual ability is a plus (Spanish, Vietnamese)

Schedule:

  • 8 - 12 hours per week
  • Attend at least 3 workdays per week (Tuesday - Friday 8:30am-12:30pm or 1:00pm - 5:00pm, Saturday 8:30am - 1:30pm)
  • Additional afternoon hours to complete project-based work in your focus area can be arranged with the Farm Manager (optional)
  • Sunday and Monday the farm is closed, but certain tasks with in your area of focus may need to be fulfilled.

       Info on Focus Areas   

To Apply

We encourage you to forward this announcement to others who may be interested. 

Please apply by submitting a cover letter and resume via e-mail at: rosac@veggielution.org


Internship: Neighborhood Harvest Program Coordinator

(2 positions available)

Our Neighborhood Harvest program focuses on bringing people together around the food recovery movement here in San Jose. We want to get people engaged with the issue of food waste that is right in our backyards. Along with volunteers, we harvest fruit from donors and redistribute the fruit to community organizations that would highly benefit from receiving huge quantities of fruit. We hope to reach out to the neighborhoods within our vicinity in East San Jose and engage well with the diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds in the area. The position will coordinate harvest events for the Neighborhood Harvest program as a way to provide fresh produce for our partner orgs and programs. The success of this position is measured by the sustainability of the Neighborhood Harvest program in the continual coordination of volunteer harvest events.

Responsibilities and suggested activities:

  • Run the volunteer fruit harvesting events every Saturday and occasionally weekday
  • Fruit donor partnership management: schedule harvests, visit tree, send reminders, and follow-up with fruit donors
  • Organize fruit deliveries: communicate with distribution partners weekly, sort the fruit, plan distribution each week, and deliver
  • Admin: data tracking, scan donor agreements, prep documents, salesforce data management, put together monthly reports and contribute numbers to Veggielution’s dashboard
  • Clean equipment and buy new or repair when necessary
  • Organize workshops for community members
  • Translate between English and Spanish, when needed.
  • Attend meetings with community organizers alongside staff to strengthen partnerships. 
  • Proactively solve any misunderstandings, disagreements and/or challenges that the team faces to move the work forward.

Qualifications:                

  • Bilingual/biliterate Spanish-English preferred.
  • A passion for community engagement and healthy food access.
  • Be comfortable with working outdoors.
  • Ability to work and interact well with volunteers and individuals from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds in a culturally diverse environment. 
  • Must be highly organized and have strong attention to detail.
  • Excited about networking with local community members.
  • Ability to take initiative and proactively solve problems on your own, and as part of a team.
  • Commitment to the communities in which we live and work.
  • Proficiency with Google Drive     
  • Valid driver’s license 
  • Ability to lift 40lbs

Time Frame:

The duration of the internship will be 3 months from May/June to August/September. Each week, the intern will work about 12-15 hours or 2-3 days. Must be available on Saturdays, but the weekday schedule is flexible.

Site:

The intern will be stationed at Veggielution and will have desk space to work on program management. In addition, the intern will travel throughout San Jose neighborhoods about 1-3 miles from Veggielution. The intern can plan off-site work as necessary with the supervisor.

Supervision:  

The intern will be supervised by the VISTA coordinator for Neighborhood Harvest with support from the Volunteer Program Manager and the Operations Manager. 

Benefits & Support provided:

Reimbursements for driving miles
Insurance for utilizing farm truck
Fruits and vegetables
Letter of recommendation

To Apply

We encourage you to forward this announcement to others who may be interested. 

Please apply by submitting a cover letter and resume to Esther Ng via e-mail at: esthern@veggielution.org