Community Garden Intern
Title: Community Garden Intern
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Duration: Minimum 3 month commitment
Hours: 14 hours per week
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;
- 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.