International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Community Garden Intern

Title: Community Garden Intern
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Duration: Minimum 3 month commitment

Scope: Through the New Roots Farm Program, IRC provides refugees currently in gardening or agricultural business or seeking to start one with opportunities for business and production training, one-to-one technical assistance, and assistance with access to farm business resources such as land, capital, etc.

The Community Garden Coordinator Intern is primarily responsible for coordination of community garden; mobilizing, recruitment and organizing participants; search for new farm lands; and take inventory and coordinate arrangement of the tools for the Tool Lending Program.


Recruitment of participants:

  • Assist in giving orientation to potential clients during information sessions;
  • Enroll participants into the program, ensuring their eligibility;
  • Explain the garden rules to the participants and ensuring that they understand and sign the documents;
  • Organize community members for participation into our community gardens, particularly, the New Roots Community garden at Central Avenue/Indian School Road;

Land Search:

  • Search for farmland that the farmers could use for their farming;
  • Network with farmers and land owners to secure land for the refugee farmers.

Tool Lending Program:

  • Take inventory of all the tools for the Tool Lending Program;
  • Determine and sort all the broken tools; and
  • Coordinate staff and volunteers to arrange the tools in the trailers and sheds at different garden locations.


  • Keep records of enrollment and document the enrollment materials;
  • Collect appropriate survey materials for analysis;
  • Document result of analysis that could serve as a working tool for New Roots farm;
  • Enter data into the program’s information data systems, including Down Home and other internal tracking forms/systems; and
  • Provide supervisor with data for narrative reports to Program Manager.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness, Economics, Finance, Business, Agriculture, or related field preferred;
  • Demonstrated understanding of community garden, with experience in community organizing strongly desirable;
  • Strong organizational skills including: multi-tasking, prioritizing, planning, and effective time management;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, with bi-lingual ability preferred. 
  • Ability to communicate with limited-English speakers.
  • Demonstrated multi-cultural experience; and
  • Valid driver’s license, active insurance policy and access to reliable transportation



This position reports to FARM Program Coordinator.


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