Virginia – Allegheny Mountain Institute hiring Urban Farm Intern

Staunton, Virginia

Cultivating Healthy Communities Through Food and Education

POSITION TITLE: Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) Urban Farm Intern

MISSION:
Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization that cultivates healthy communities through food and education.

VISION:
A thriving network of collaborative, vibrant communities who value the connection between food and health.

HISTORY:
AMI was founded in 2011 (as Allegheny Mountain School) as an intensive hands-on cooperative experiential learning and training program designed to teach members of our communities to grow and prepare their own food and to understand the nutritional benefits of eating seasonally.

The URBAN FARM AT VSDB PROGRAM:
Allegheny Mountain Institute manages and operates the AMI Urban Farm at VSDB (Virginia School for the Dead and Blind) in Staunton, VA. The farm project provides students of all ages with a place to learn, play, and grow outdoors, and provides a resource for nutritious food for the community. Our 3-acre site consists of a 2-acre vegetable farm, educational gardens, outdoor classroom and kitchen, orchard, and diverse native habitat plantings. The farm hosts community work days, teacher trainings, as well as workshops for our surrounding  communities.

GENERAL DEFINITION AND PURPOSE OF WORK:
The Urban Farm Intern will report to the AMI Urban Farm Manager and is responsible for assisting in all operational aspects of the AMI Urban Farm at VSDB. The position will fulfill daily and weekly tasks to support the Urban Farm Manager.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE POSITION:
The Urban Farm Intern will assist with operations of the 3-acre farm site, including intensive vegetable production, orchard and berries, educational gardens, and native wildlife habitat plantings. In addition, the Urban Farm Intern will work closely with the horticulture teaching staff at Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB) to carry out garden-based education curriculum at the farm.

Education of the broader community is a key component of the Allegheny Mountain Institute, and a competitive applicant will have an interest in this area. All of our work is rooted in organic, regenerative agricultural practices, so the AMI Farm Intern should have a deep philosophical and operational agreement with such methods

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/ TASKS:

  • Regular garden set up and maintenance, including:
  • Irrigation systems and repair.
  • Inspections and managing repairs of the farm infrastructure; garden fences; trellises, electric wire, rodent traps, etc.
  • Coordinate compost pickups with the VSDB cafeteria and control composting system.
  • Grass Cutting, weed management and mulching as needed.
  • Responsible for maintaining a high standard of cleanliness, neatness and order at the AMI Urban Farm at VSDB.
  • Assist in crop production through planting, harvesting, processing, and inventory control.
  • Establish best practices and processes for AMI Farm record keeping systems.
  • Meet regularly with AMI staff team, to review and plan.
  • Perform administrative tasks essential to the smooth operation of the operational farm.
  • Plan, coordinate and participate as an AMI ambassador in public visits and educational outreach events as needed, including Educator workshops for curriculum development.

QUALIFICATIONS: KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in organic vegetable production and management, post-handling, and processing for sale and storage.
  • Knowledge and experience with perennial fruits, berries, medicinal herbs, perennial systems, and no till farming.
  • Ability to operate a BCS walk-behind tractor and related implements.
  • Willing to learn about developing sustainable food systems.
  • Ability to multi-task and has organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal).
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Working  knowledge  of  organic  practices  including  nutrient  management,  pest  and  disease management, weed management, and post-harvest processing and storage.
  • Interest in growing and managing native wildlife habitat plantings.
  • Computer proficiency, including Excel, Microsoft Office.
  • Willingness to learn Sign Language is a plus.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION:

  • Applicant must be comfortable working outside.
  • Applicant must be able to lift 50 (+) pounds regularly.
  • VSDB requires this intern to pass a criminal background check.
  • Must have valid Driver’s License and good driving record.
  • Willingness to work occasional nights and weekends for special events.

COMPENSATION:
This is a full-time, nonexempt position, available immediately and running through December 15, 2017. Pay is

$9/hour. Benefits package includes: farm-grown food share, workers’ compensation coverage, and earned vacation/sick leave, plus holidays. This position requires occasional weekend and evening work.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY: Allegheny Mountain Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, disability, political affiliation, or marital status. AMI is an equal opportunity employer.

TO APPLY: Please send a single compiled .pdf file including a cover letter and resume to david@alleghenymountainschool.org. No phone calls or mailed applications, please.

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