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International Rescue Committee Food and Agriculture Intern in New York, New York

Requisition ID: req20788

Job Title: Food and Agriculture Intern

Sector: Economic Recovery & Livelihood

Employment Category: Intern

Employment Type: Part-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: New York, NY RAI USA

Job Description

Food and Agriculture Intern

LOCATION: New York Resettlement Office

START DATE: January 2022

DURATION: January 2022-May 2022 (preferred October 2022)

BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 29 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home.

SCOPE OF VOLUNTEER WORK: The IRC in New York’s food and agriculture program focuses on increasing community involvement in their local food systems, through hands-on training and food accessibility programming. Food and agriculture programming takes place at the two urban farms in the South Bronx and Woodside, Queens. The New Roots Intern will support the IRC Food and Agriculture Coordinator in managing this programming and organizing seasonal food production. In addition to food production, the intern will assist with organizing weekly farmer’s market, food distribution, and other educational and community activities. This position works directly with the Food and Agriculture Coordinator.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

1.Intern will learn how to effectively manage food and agriculture programs across a wide network.

2.Intern will learn about local food systems and access to healthy food.

3.Intern will learn how to engage community members around food security programming.

Qualifications

RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Contribute to overall site maintenance and food production activities

• Assist with harvest and distribution through donation partner and weekly farm-stand;

• Support Coordinator in organizing work-day activities and support volunteers on site;

• Support community engagement and outreach, by updating social media profiles, developing promotional materials and share information with local CBOs

• Support educational activities onsite

• Assist the Food and Agriculture Coordinator and Farm Assistants with ongoing program tasks as needed.

REQUIREMENTS:

• A strong passion for and knowledge of food and farming issues

• Strong leadership, communication, and organizational skills required

• Demonstrated experience with community organizing and engagement, particularly with disadvantaged communities and related to food justice or farming, preferred

• Prior experience working in urban agriculture or gardening preferred

• Prior experience working with refugees, immigrant or pre-literate populations in non-traditional setting preferred

• Ability to travel and work onsite at community farm in Bronx or garden in Queens

• Second language (Spanish, French, Arabic or Karen) and interpretation skills a plus.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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