Clark County Food Bank hiring Food Bank Farm Intern

Vancouver, Washington

Food Bank Farm Internship Announcement

About Clark County Food Bank

The Clark County Food Bank exists to “Alleviate hunger and its root causes in Clark County, Washington.” Our Farming and Gleaning program helps us with that mission by increasing the amount of fresh, nutritious food we distribute through our 29 partner agencies across Clark County, localizing the source of our emergency food supply, and engaging and educating the community through volunteer opportunities.

Job Description

The Food Bank Farm Intern will have the opportunity to play a leadership role in our efforts to increase access to fresh, healthy food for hungry Clark County residents; getting your hands dirty, working outside and fighting hunger! Clark County Food Bank grows vegetables on 10 acres at Heritage Farm, a county-owned farm right in Vancouver’s Hazel Dell neighborhood, with the help of countless volunteers. Every Wednesday and Saturday 9am-noon, throughout the summer, CCFB hosts volunteer work parties at the farm. While there will be other volunteer leaders at the farm, the Food Bank Farm Intern will have the additional responsibility of being there consistently every Wednesday and Saturday and taking care of set-up and clean-up. Additionally, the Food Bank Farm Intern will be responsible for scheduling volunteer groups (youth, corporate, church, etc.) at the farm.

Responsibilities

  • Arrive at the farm at 8 a.m. Wed/Sat to unlock the gate, set-up the volunteer sign-in canopy and prep for the work party that day.
  • Work with other volunteer leaders to guide volunteer groups for the day
  • Give an introductory talk about the history of the farm and role of the food bank.
  • Help with clean-up after work day.
  • Help transport produce on harvest days to CCFB warehouse.
  • Return volunteer paperwork to CCFB volunteer coordinator
  • Keep track of WIC-related paperwork from “Volunteer for Veggies” when needed
  • Operate farm equipment
  • Maintain communication with Heritage Farm Manager and other key farm leaders
  • Schedule volunteer groups for farm workdays

Time Commitment

  • Wednesdays and Saturdays 8am-1pm plus a couple additional, flexible hours for administrative tasks like volunteer scheduling
  • 10-15 hours/week
  • July – September, with some training in late June
  • This position has room for some flexibility to meet the student’s learning objectives and total hours for credit required.

Position Requirements

>18years old, clean driving record, access to own vehicle, access to reliable communication tools (cell phone, email), ability to lift 25-50 pound boxes; interest, knowledge or experience in agriculture, community food security, alleviating hunger.

Beneficial Skills, Non-Required: Some basic experience with gardening or farming would help; Comfortable with non-organic farming practices.

Benefits

This is an unpaid internship position. We are able to offer mileage reimbursement and can work to meet the requirements of your college program to receive credits, if applicable.

Skill Development

Leadership; Volunteer Management; Farming and use of farm equipment

Application Process

Email your resume and a brief cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position to farm@clarkcountyfoodbank.org by June 13, 2014.

For More Information:

www.clarkcountyfoodbank.org

https://www.facebook.com/clarkcountyfoodbank

www.firstharvest.org/ccfb
http://www.columbian.com/news/2014/may/20/clark-county-food-bank-volunteer-program-streamlin/

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