Internship Positions: Farm Internships (7 areas of focus)

Up to 36 vacancies

DURATION: Fall/Winter August 2018 - February 2019 (flexible scheduling)

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. (click "INFO ON FOCUS AREAS" link 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 - 20 hours per week (may not exceed 20 hours a week)

  • Attend at least 3 work days 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)

  • Rotating Sunday and Monday farm chores. The farm is closed on Sunday’s and Monday’s, but interns and staff will share weekend responsibilities.

Benefits & Support provided:

Veggielution t-shirt
Networking
Fruits and vegetables
Letter of recommendation

College Credits (if needed)

This is an unpaid internship 

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: Fruit Tree Program

DURATION: Fall 2018 August/September - December

(2 positions available)

Purpose

The intern position will be focused on fruit tree care in two areas of work: orchard care and Neighborhood Harvest program coordination. Our Veggielution orchard is an educational platform integrated with regular fruit tree care practices. We are looking for a team of interns to blend the onsite fruit tree maintenance with our Neighborhood Harvest program that focuses on fruit tree gleaning in the neighborhoods.

Results

The position will cultivate onsite fruit trees and coordinate harvest events for the Neighborhood Harvest program as a way to provide fresh produce for our partner orgs and programs and build educational opportunities for the community.

Responsibilities and suggested activities

  • Learn and apply fruit tree care practices on Veggielution fruit trees: irrigation, mulching, pruning, etc.
  • Run the volunteer fruit harvesting events every Saturday and occasionally weekdays
  • Communicate with volunteers, set up and tear down of the event
  • Schedule harvests, visit tree, send reminders, and follow-up with fruit donors
  • Organize fruit deliveries with partner organizations
  • Admin: data tracking, scan donor agreements, prep documents, salesforce data management
  • Put together monthly reports and contribute numbers to Veggielution’s dashboard
  • Equipment maintenance: 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.

Measures

The success of this position is measured by the sustainability of the Neighborhood Harvest program in the continual coordination of volunteer harvest events.

Qualifications               

Bilingual/biliterate Spanish-English preferred.
A passion for community engagement and healthy food access.
Be comfortable with working outdoors.
Knowledge of fruit tree care is a plus.
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 from August/September to December 2018. Each week, the intern will work about 10-12 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 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
 

This is an unpaid internship

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


Internship: Storytelling & Social Media 

DURATION: Summer 2018 May - August

The storytelling intern will help craft and develop the story of Veggielution and it’s community members. This position will spend 50% of their time gather stories from various community members, and then 50% of the time developing content that will be disseminated through Veggielution’s various social media channels. This may include attending events and giving presentations, to advertise Veggielution programs. Our storytelling interns will be a crucial part of team as we start to develop a more robust storytelling and social media team.

This internship is an excellent opportunity to gain insight into using and leveraging the various social media platform as well as creating multipurpose content that elevates the organization's mission. Candidates interested in social media, storytelling, graphic design, and video editing & production are encouraged to apply. This position will support, help develop, and implement a social media strategy for Veggielution. The role will involve creating content, building community through our online presence, developing brand awareness, and generating inbound traffic. The Social Media Intern will work closely with the Development Communications Manager, assisting with vital content creation and planning of marketing materials.

Responsibilities and suggested activities:

  • Work with Veggielution Development Communications Manager create content for all of Veggielution’s Programs.
  • Capture photos, audio interviews, ambient sound and video during workdays, workshops, and special events.
  • Produce multimedia projects to be shared on our website, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Musicly, Linkedin and Twitter
  • Regularly shoot and edit photos to be added our Google Drive database
  • Write, produce, and edit videos that highlight Veggielution’s Programs
  • Assist in using social media and multimedia to promote programs, workshops and special events.

Qualifications:                

  • Knowledge and passion around food, health, and sustainable agriculture
  • Articulate and comfortable communicating with diverse peoples
  • Excellent writing, research, communication and telephone skills
  • Comfortable speaking publicly in English and Spanish/Vietnamese  
  • Bilingual, bi-literate in Spanish OR Vietnamese strongly desired
  • You have experience with both new technology and digital platforms
  • You thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced, high-energy environment
  • You are detail-oriented and organized
  • You want to have an impact and feel passionate about the work that you do
  • You are driven and hungry for success, and always want to learn more
  • You are a team player and enjoy collaboration
  • Creative problem solving skills
  • Organized, with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments.
  • Thoughtfulness and a positive attitude
  • Creative and Flexible.
  • Ability to self-motivate and stay on task

Schedule:

  • Minimum requirement of 8 hours per week.
  • Schedule can be flexible with hours between 9AM-5PM Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Candidates must be available to participate in First Saturday programming.
  • Farm workday once per month over the course of the internship highly encouraged.

intern will receive:

  • Veggielution t-shirt
  • Free veggies
  • Mentorship and experience in social media content creation, marketing and communication strategy, and a solid understand of rhetoric and storytelling
  • Freedom to explore personal interests and test ideas

This is an unpaid internship

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: Education Internship 

DURATION: Summer 2018 May - August

Veggielution’s weekly Youth Garden activities are a key part of our mission. The Education Team engages youth and families in hands-on, garden-based environmental and nutrition education. Education interns will work closely with the Community Engagement Manager as well as other staff and interns to help maintain the Youth Garden and facilitate fun, educational activities.

This internship would be ideal for anyone with an interest in working with youth, families, environmental education, health and nutrition education, and sustainable gardening. We are looking for positive individuals who work well collaborating with others, yet are self-motivated and can work independently. Education interns will be instrumental in helping to steward the Youth Garden, gaining experiences in developing and leading activities for adults and youth, learning and utilizing sustainable gardening practices, and community organizing.

The valuable experiences gained through this internship will especially complement studies in child and adolescent development, education, nutrition, and sociology. This internship would be ideal for someone seeking experience in the nonprofit or education fields.

 

Responsibilities and suggested activities:

  • Help to maintain the Youth Garden during the week (e.g. weeding, watering, composting, worm bin).
  • Help design and lead Youth Garden family activities on Saturdays
  • Work on special projects, e.g., developing activities, seeking donations, assisting with fundraisers, organizing workshops, etc.
  • Collaborate with the community engagement team to outreach for our educational programs
  • Lead Farm Tours for small and large groups.
  • Attend Education Team meetings and other meetings relevant to your duties

Qualifications:                

  • Experience with working with youth
  • Basic gardening experience
  • Bilingual ability (Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Chinese)
  • Knowledge of current issues around food, health, and sustainable agriculture
  • Articulate oral and written communication skills
  • Comfort in talking to groups of people
  • Experience in leading activities/lessons with groups of up to 20
  • Enthusiasm and passion for Veggielution’s mission

Schedule:

  • 12 hours per week minimum
  • Saturdays (9-2:30pm) - Education Team will host Youth Garden activities and help with the farm clean-up.
  • Additional flexible hours on Tu, W, Th, or F 9:00am-5:00pm - Special projects (see “Duties”, above)

intern will receive:

  • Veggielution t-shirt
  • Free veggies
  • Freedom to explore personal interests and test ideas

This is an unpaid internship

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: yazminh@veggielution.org