Background: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoodsare shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. IRC teams provide health, infrastructure, learning, and economic support to people in 40 countries worldwide. The IRC also provides support to thousands of refugees resettling in 29 U.S. cities each year through initial housing assistance; case management and referral services; job readiness and placement; community and cultural orientation; health and wellness programs; immigration services; and youth programs.
Scope of Internship: The mission of IRC’s New Roots program is to provide nourishing spaces for refugee, immigrant, and BIPOC communities in South King County to rebuild roots and community through land and cultural food access. The New Roots Community Garden Intern will be responsible for caring for the community garden sites, outreaching to and connecting with community gardeners, and documenting questions and concerns. The intern will assist in the facilitation of workshop activities on a quarterly basis. This is a great opportunity for someone who is creative, caring, collaborative, and enthusiastic about community building, food justice, and the value of food and culture.
This position will be in-person at the New Roots garden sites:
- Namaste Garden: 4415 S 140th St, Tukwila, WA 98168
- Hope Garden: 26715 Military Rd S, Kent, WA 98032
- St. James Garden: 24447 94th Ave. S, Kent, WA 98030
Time Committment: 15-20 hours/week during IRC office hours (M-F, 9 am-5 pm). Flexible schedule. Position begins Summer, 2022 with a commitment of 3-6 months.
Essential Position Functions:
- Be onsite at one of the community gardens (Tuesday and Thursday for 4-7 hours)
- Check-in with community gardeners onsite, and document questions or concerns
- Lead site management projects as needed
- Support quarterly garden workshop facilitation.
- Inventory garden supplies once a week for all three sites
- Conduct outreach calls to gardeners about upcoming events and workshops
- Utilize interpreters to convey information in the client’s language (training provide)
- Record participant activity in IRC’s client database, and report any recurring concerns from clients to Program Staff
- Help with data entry projects as requested
- Fluency or advanced proficiency in a second language predominant among the community weserve (Dari, Farsi, Arabic, Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Burmese, Nepali, Russian, Ukrainian) preferred but not required.
- Ability to communicate effectively in English
- Experience working with interpreters preferred
- Interns must be students (undergraduate, graduate, or affiliated with a higher educational institution) or recent graduates (within 6 months).
- Must be culturally sensitive, respectful of diverse backgrounds, and willing to work with English
- language learners; previous cross-cultural communication and work experience is a plus.
- Ability to handle sensitive information confidentially.
- Comfortable using Microsoft Office Suite, PDFs, Outlook, and shared documents
- Must be flexible, patient, and willing to learn and perform reasonable duties as needed
- Access to reliable transportation
Reports to: New Roots Program Specialist
Updated: February 24, 2022
1. Please email VolunteerSEA [at] rescue.org with a resume and cover letter
2. Please fill out an internship application
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