Summer Internship With Stipend Eat Smart Black Mountain

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SUMMER 2014 INTERNSHIP: Public Gardens Intern

Eat Smart Black Mountain, a partnership of the Town of Black Mountain, public and private organizations, and volunteers like you is excited to share this opportunity.

Image by Diana Schmitt McCall

Image by Diana Schmitt McCall

This position may be used to meet requirements for Service-Learning or an Internship from a college or university.

  • Number of Internships Available: 2
  • Stipend: $1,000 each. Interns may supplement with sponsorship from other sources.
  • Deadline: Applications for this position must be received by 5:00 p.m. on February 28, 2014.

Interviews will happen in early March, with anticipated decisions in mid-March.

Program Description: Eat Smart Black Mountain was created in 2007 as a community partnership to address concerns around healthy eating habits. A major component of this program is public gardens, including the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden, the Carver Community Garden, and the Black Mountain Primary School & Elementary School Gardens. The gardens address food security issues by educating, providing garden space, donating fresh produce, and empowering children and families to learn about and practice gardening and healthy eating.

Internship Goals: This internship will allow individuals to grow experience with different types of public gardening. Interns will gain experience with program planning, teaching, and volunteer supervision, as well as gardening skills. A person in this position can expect to learn how gardening connects to nutrition, health, and food security. Interns may develop a special project to enhance or grow the gardens in sustainable ways or expand programming.

Internship Duties: A Public Gardens Intern will provide hands-on support for at least two of the different garden programs. This person will be responsible for the following tasks as part of their role:

  • Support volunteer work days at one or more garden,
  • Assist plot renters, students, and families as needed,
  • Encourage sustainability of the gardens,
  • Meet with supervisor weekly & participate in team meetings biweekly,
  • Support the distribution of produce, and
  • Tasks related to areas of interest

Time: Weekly schedule is flexible, interns should expect to provide a minimum of 30 hours of service per week. Start/End dates are flexible, but are generally May ¡V August for a minimum of 300 hours total.

Requirements: Individuals from any major/background are invited to apply, but should be comfortable working with adults and children, and be ready to get dirty. Environmental, public health, social work, recreation, and similar majors are encouraged to consider this position. Experience with leading groups of volunteers and children is valued more than gardening knowledge (although garden knowledge is a plus). Ability to grow relationships with community members and partners is mandatory, and willingness to ask for help ¡V and to work independently is necessary.

Application Process: Interested individuals may apply by sending cover letter & resume, including contact information for two references. Cover letter should address: experience with volunteer management, gardening, and food security efforts. We would love to hear why you are interested in this position, and what special skills, experiences, and interests you feel you bring to the internship. Applicants will also need to complete an employment application for background check, and pass a drug screening before taking on position.

Jill Bumpus Edwards
Health Service Programs Administrator
Black Mountain Recreation & Parks
101 Carver Avenue, Black Mountain, NC 28711
(828) 669-2052

Dr. Wilson shows Kristen how to use the tillerImage by Dianna Schmitt McCall

Dr. Wilson shows Kristen how to use the tiller
Image by Dianna Schmitt McCall