Three Internship Opportunities at New Lands Farm in West Springfield, MA

New Lands Farm Field Intern – West Springfield, MA

New Lands Farm, a project of Lutheran Social Services (LSS), seeks a Field Intern to assist an exciting new project which engages recently resettled refugees in growing food for their families and the community in Greater Springfield, MA.  LSS is a non-profit, refugee resettlement organization that provides refugees with the support and guidance needed to achieve economic self-sufficiency, community integration and a better future.

 About the Position

The New Lands Farm Field Intern will be conducting hands-on assistance to new refugee farmers on our 10 acre farm site in West Springfield and additional garden sites.  Refugee farmers represent diverse backgrounds and skills.  The Field Intern will be working directly with New Lands Farm staff to offer new farmer trainings and manage agriculture production.  This is a unique opportunity to engage in a meaningful project and grow local food.  Interns will have the ability to get involved in a diversity of activities associated with the project, as well as the opportunity to attend agricultural trainings and access land for personal gardening/farming.  This position is unpaid for 20 hours per week, June through August.

Responsibilities:

The Field Intern will support the Program Coordinator and refugee famers/gardeners by assisting with the following:

Ø      Researching and trouble-shooting field production challenges, such as diseases and pests

Ø      Conducting soil and crop amendments

Ø      Establishing a new irrigation system and washing station

Ø      Overseeing harvest, post-harvest handling and preparation for market

Ø      Managing tools and equipment

Ø      Organizing volunteer days on the farm

Ø      Training refugee farmers on agriculture production techniques

Ø      Drafting farm production plans

 Qualifications:

Ø      Demonstrate background in growing food, promoting local agriculture

Ø      Previous vegetable field work and market crop production experience a plus

Ø      Comfortable interacting with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds

Ø      Ability to work in adverse weather conditions and lift 50 pounds

Ø      Driver’s license necessary and personal vehicle preferred

Ø      Team player who can work independently as needed

Ø      Strong record keeping, organization and computer skills

Ø      Creative problem solver

If interested, please forward your resume and cover letter to Agricultural Program Coordinator Shemariah Blum-Evitts at sblum@lssne.org.​  Please visit our website for more information: www.​lssne.​org/newlandsfarm.

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 New Lands Farm Marketing Intern – West Springfield, MA

About the Position

The New Lands Farm Marketing Intern will conduct hands-on assistance to refugee farmers wishing to sell their fresh vegetables grown at our 10 acre farm site in West Springfield and additional garden sites.  Refugee farmers represent diverse backgrounds and skills.  The Marketing Intern will be working directly with New Lands Farm staff to offer one-on-one marketing assistance and increase refugee farmer product sales.  This is a unique opportunity to engage in a meaningful project and promote local food.  Interns will have the ability to get involved in a diversity of activities associated with the project, as well as the opportunity to attend trainings and access land for personal gardening/farming. The position is unpaid for 20 hours/week, June thru August.

Responsibilities:

The Marketing Intern will support the Program Coordinator and refugee famers/gardeners by assisting with the following:

Ø      Identifying and/or developing new market opportunities for the refugee farmers

Ø      Interacting with farmers’ market managers, wholesale purchasers and retail customers

Ø      Attending weekly farmers’ markets

Ø      Assisting with deliveries of products

Ø      Tracking customers’ orders, farmers’ sales, and cash flow

Ø      Contributing to New Lands Farm website and social media outlets

Ø      Documenting project and farmers’ season through photos, video and/or written word

Ø      Training refugee farmers on marketing techniques

 Qualifications:

Ø      Demonstrate strong background in growing food, promoting local agriculture

Ø      Previous farm marketing experience a plus

Ø      Comfortable interacting with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds

Ø      Ability to work in adverse weather conditions and lift 50 pounds

Ø      Driver’s license necessary and personal vehicle preferred

Ø      Team player who can work independently as needed

Ø      Strong record keeping, organization and computer skills

Ø      Interest and experience with social media and other promotion/marketing tools

If interested, please forward your resume and cover letter to Agricultural Program Coordinator Shemariah Blum-Evitts at sblum@lssne.org.  Please visit our website for more information: www.lssne.org/newlandsfarm.

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New Lands Farm Spring Internship – West Springfield, MA

About the Position

The New Lands Farm Spring Internship is currently vacant and we are seeking to fill the position as soon as possible. This intern will be conducting hands-on assistance to new refugee farmers and gardeners in the classroom, on our 10 acre farm site in West Springfield, and various garden sites.  Refugee farmers represent diverse backgrounds and skills.  The Field Intern will be working directly with New Lands Farm staff to offer new farmer trainings and prepare for a new season of agriculture production.  This is a unique opportunity to engage in a meaningful project and grow local food.  Interns will have the ability to get involved in a diversity of activities associated with the project, as well as the opportunity to attend agricultural trainings.  This position is unpaid for 8-16 hours per week, January through May.

Responsibilities:

Intern will support the Program Coordinator and refugee famers/gardeners by assisting with the following:

Ø      Conducting market research and farm promotion

Ø      Researching and ordering equipment, tools, seeds, supplies

Ø      Preparing farm and garden sites

Ø      Establishing a new urban garden

Ø      Organizing trainings and field trips

Ø      Developing curriculum for farmers and gardeners

Ø      Planning volunteer days on the farm

Qualifications:

Ø      Demonstrate background in growing food, promoting local agriculture

Ø      Previous vegetable field work and market crop production experience a plus

Ø      Comfortable interacting with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds

Ø      Ability to work in adverse weather conditions and lift 50 pounds

Ø      Team player who can work independently as needed

Ø      Strong record keeping, organization and computer skills

Ø      Creative problem solver

If interested, please forward your resume and cover letter to Agricultural Program Coordinator Shemariah Blum-Evitts at sblum@lssne.org.​  Please visit our website for more information: www.​lssne.​org/newlandsfarm
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20 Hour Vocational Instructor Summer Position

Northampton, MA

New Directions School and Cutchins Programs for Children and Families is recruiting for a Vocational Instructor position during Summer Session 2012. The 11-week position runs from June 11th, 2012 through August 24th, 2012 between the hours of 8 AM to 12 PM – Monday through Friday. Cutchins Programs serves at-risk students and families in Western Massachusetts through education, clinical supports, and residential treatment. Responsibilities of the position include supervision and instructing small groups of students in horticulture and permaculture; maintaining and utilizing produce and flowers from a school garden, greenhouse, and flower beds; developing and introducing menu choices and options to use garden produce in a student run snackbar.  The position is compensated at $13.50 per hour. Resumes and cover letters should be submitted to Justin Smith – 78 Pomeroy Terrace, Northampton, MA 01060. Additional information can also be obtained by calling (413)584-1310 ext. 327

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