The Organic School Project seeks Interns

24 Mar

Location: Chicago, Illinois

The Organic School Project seeks a Feed Intern, Grow Intern and Strategist Intern.

FEED INTERN:

The Organic School Project works directly with schools to create school feeding programs that emphasize environmental sustainability and health. OSP is working toward creating a learning library for schools and cafeteria staff, to access information about sustainable food systems, and the process of turning their cafeteria green.

Position description/responsibilities:

The FEED intern will utilize the large body of information that we have in office, and gather more to build a learning library.  The goal of this position is to help create an information base, which can enable school cafeterias to move toward an environmentally sustainable, and health conscious model.  We need this information to be both accessible, and easy to understand (to people new to the sustainability movement).  While we have clearly outlined the end goal of a sustainable/green cafeteria, and implemented this vision in schools, we need the FEED intern to help create the process for the different stages of transitioning.

Qualifications:

-Experience working in school food programs strongly recommended.

-Experience working in professional kitchens required.

-Excellent research and analytical skills.

-Excellent writing skills.

-Creative thinker.

-Passion about OSP’s mission a must.

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to: info@organicschoolproject.org

Please note, this is an unpaid internship.  We are asking a commitment of 25 hours/week, with flexible hours with the exception of a mandatory weekly meeting.  While the position is unpaid, you will gain great non-profit work experience, professionally network, and be able to connect with a group of genuine and passionate people.

GROW INTERN:

We are currently developing a body of curriculum that will meet Illinois state standards.  The curriculum covers grades k-8, and focuses on the 3 main tiers of OSP’s model: Grow, Teach, Feed.  We teach kids and parents about nutrition, how to cook healthy food, and connect them to where their food comes from by building and teaching in school gardens. Through connecting kids to their food source we are able to teach environmental stewardship, as well as health topics.

Description:

The GROW intern will work in OSP’s office to expand upon the gardening portion of the curriculum.  They will also create a process implementing school gardens.

Responsibilities:

-Research gardening course curriculum ideas for k-8 graders.

-Write lesson plans for in garden learning, focusing on a range of topics that use the garden as a learning laboratory.

-Work with the curriculum developer, who will integrate the GROW piece in the larger body of curriculum as we move it to IL state standards.

Qualifications:

-Experience working with kids, and a background in education (although this position is done in office).

-You must be a creative thinker!

-Strong knowledge of organic gardening and food production a plus.

-Strong writing skills a must.

-Strong research skills.

-Passion about OSP’s vision.

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to: info@organicschoolproject.org

Please note, this is an unpaid internship.  We are asking a commitment of 25 hours/week, with flexible hours with the exception of a mandatory weekly meeting.  While the position is unpaid, you will gain great non-profit work experience, professionally network, and be able to connect with a group of genuine and passionate people.

Strategist Intern:

The Organic School Project is seeking a dynamic, intelligent, and passionate person to fill the intern Strategist position.

The Organic School Project works directly with schools to create school feeding programs that emphasize environmental sustainability and health. OSP is working toward creating a learning library for schools and cafeteria staff, to access information about sustainable food systems, and the process of turning their cafeteria green.  We are also developing a process for schools to integrate into their contracts with their food suppliers that will emphasize ecological and human health.

Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

-Identify school districts with food service contracts up soon, or with an interest in going green (particularly in the food sector).

-Attend meetings with school districts who plan to change their current food service companies toward more sustainable models.

-Work on developing a marketing and sales system for OSP.

-Work on developing a strategy for ….

Requirements:

-Must know how to write RFP.

-Must have knowledge of the process of auditing, and know what to measure.

-Passion about OSP’s mission.

-Excellent writing and analytical skills.

-Creative thinker.

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to: info@organicschoolproject.org

Please note, this is an unpaid internship.  We are asking a commitment of 25 hours/week, with flexible hours with the exception of a mandatory weekly meeting.  While the position is unpaid, you will gain great non-profit work experience, professionally network, and be able to connect with a group of genuine and passionate people.


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