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Urban Farm Intern


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Grow It Green Morristown is seeking a reliable, hands-on, farm college-level intern to assist with the cultivation of produce and some teaching opportunities at the Urban Farm. The cultivated area of our farm is approximately one acre. All of our farm practices follow organic recommendations and emphasize overall sustainability, but we are not certified organic. We plant over 30 different varieties of vegetables and maximize our growing space using companion planting techniques and many rounds of succession planting to increase our potential yield on our farm. Beyond being a farm, The Urban Farm is an educational center for the community and the 5,200 children of the Morris School District, making this job opportunity distinct from many typical farm jobs. The Farm Interns may play an important role assisting with field trips as needed on the farm. This will require self-confidence and a professional attitude, as well as being able to deal with a variety of diverse groups. Our interns must be able to work with groups of youth and adults. The Urban Farm Interns will be responsible for assisting in food production, soil management education, and helping coordinate the distribution of produce to Grow It Green Morristown’s various constituencies. Interns should desire to learn more about gardening and production of food, as well as have a desire to work with children and the public. We are a community oriented non-profit, as such we will expect the intern to help with programs and classes at the garden. As the garden is located on school district property and interns will be working with District children, the applicant must be able to pass a criminal background check and submit to fingerprinting along with taking a Mantoux skin test. Duties will include: Hands on physical labor 1. Basic care, feeding, and tending of a large-scale vegetable garden 2. Using farm tools such as pruners, wheelbarrows, garden weeders, etc. 3. Must be able to lift heavy loads (such as soil, compost, rocks, etc.) 4. Basic knowledge of carpentry tools 5. Must be comfortable using a gas operated tools such as lawn mower and weed-whacker. A mature, positive attitude 1. Dependable, organized, flexible and have a sense of humor. 2. Can be flexible due to weather constraints (i.e. heavy rain one day may change the work schedule) 3. Must be personable, like working with all kinds of people including children and our diverse community members 4. Work as a member of a team 5. A strong work ethic and the ability to work independently, with minimal oversight 6. Excellent communication skills Other items that are important to both you and us 1. Some office work will be required. 2. Work can sometimes be off-site, like at our community garden locations or school classrooms. 3. Spanish speaking is a plus 4. Must have reliable transportation. 5. Be able to work odd hours Interns can expect to enhance their skills in 1. How to plant and harvest vegetables on a full scale vegetable farm 2. Lead and facilitate farm based education classes 3. How to incorporate cover crops and build soil health Job Schedule This is a paid, seasonal position. We have work available from early May through early September. The work is part-time up to 25 hours a week for 20 weeks. During the months of May-August, the intern must be able to work on Saturdays each week. This position is an outdoor job and requires the ability to work in a variety of weather conditions, including very hot and humid weather. On days where outdoor work is impossible, interns may be asked to participate in office related work or reschedule a workday. The lunch hour is unpaid. There is no housing provided. Submission deadline for the position is April 20th 2018. As we will consider multiple applicants to cover our needs, on your application, please clearly state the dates you are available to start and end your internship. When responding, please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@growitgreenmorristown.org.