International Rescue Committee (IRC)

New Roots Agricultural Coordinator

Job Title: Intern, New Roots Agricultural Coordinator

Country Profile: US Programs

Location: Tucson, Arizona


Position Description:

The New Roots program at IRC is an initiative to support gardening, food security, nutrition, enterprise, and production within the US network of IRC offices. The New Roots Intern would provide support in order to increase the capacity of New Roots programming at IRC in Tucson. In partnership with other local programs the New Roots Intern would begin a community gardening project as well as coordinate with programs focused on nutrition and food security. The New Roots Intern would help establish a gardening program to increase access to locally grown and healthy foods, establish community ties between native-US born and newly arriving refugee groups, and work to increase the overall health of our community.



  • Support development of New Roots initiative in Tucson through collaboration with IRC staff.
  • Coordinate with other community agencies which focus on community gardening to establish community gardens in locations of easy access for refugee clients.
  • Collaborate with staff, community and neighborhood representatives to recruit participants.
  • Assist in securing donations of materials and technical advice to support for community gardeners.
  • Organize and help to facilitate community meetings to gauge interest and locate refugee and neighborhood participants in gardening project(s).
  • Coordinate usage of interpreters to facilitate community farmer communication during meetings.
  • Research models of refugee and community farming in the across the New Roots network and with other refugee agencies across the US to provide advice to New Roots gardening effort in Tucson.
  • Interface with farmers market representatives for potential collaboration, technical support, or mentorship.
  • Coordinate closely with development staff to market New Roots efforts and secure program funding.
  • Support Center for Well-Being Program Manager in additional tasks as necessary to design and maintain New Roots programming in Tucson.



  • Working towards a graduate degree in a related field

  • Experience or demonstrated interest in farming issues, nutrition, gardening, garden design, or food security issues, preferably in a multicultural context.

  • Ability to communicate and work effectively as a team member in a multicultural environment.

  • Organized with great attention to detail and great flexibility.

  • Creativity and initiative to follow through on projects and ability to work independently.

  • Strong writing and editing skills, specifically in developing print and visual training materials.  Experience with computer-based interactive training tools a plus.

  • Excellent computer skills: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and proficient in a graphic design.

  • Proficiency in a foreign language is a plus; including Arabic, Tigrinya, Swahili, Somali or Nepali.

  • Driver’s license, vehicle, auto insurance, and clean driving record


  • Minimum commitment of 10 hours/ week for 6 month period
  • Primary availability during IRC buiness hours; (M-F, 8:30-5); occasional weekend hours for planned activities
  • Fall and Spring availability preferred


Reports To: Center for Well Being Manager


To Apply:
Submit a resume, cover letter, and internship application to the Internship Coordinator, at Some positions may require additional documents. Applicants will not be contacted for interviews until all materials are received.


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