Seattle: Harvest Against Hunger seeks Intern

26 Apr

Location: Seattle, Washington

Deadline: May 24, 2010

Harvest Against Hunger, a program of Rotary First Harvest, seeks a part-time intern June 28 through September 24, 2010. This is a great opportunity to work with an innovative organization whose mission is to act as a conduit between food producers and hunger relief agencies in the state of Washington.  Harvest Against Hunger connects surplus produce from farms, markets, and backyard gardeners with hunger relief efforts in local communities throughout Washington.

This internship position will focus on maintaining and developing food recovery projects on farms in King and Snohomish Counties and from farmers markets in Seattle. Specific responsibilities are likely to include:

Volunteer Involvement:

  • Recruit and organize volunteers for participation in Harvest Against Hunger gleaning events
  • Represent Harvest Against Hunger gleaning program at community events

Grower Outreach:

  • Contact local growers and agricultural organizations to explain the gleaning program
  • Follow up with existing farm contacts to estimate potential donations and  harvest timing
  • Explain liability issues and public safety and health requirements

Program Coordination:

  • Manage online database and registration system
  • Train and engage volunteers on ongoing basis
  • Coordinate logistics of gleaning projects
  • Recognize and thank donors and volunteers, and strategize for participant retention
  • Document procedures, networking, volunteer hours and gleaning results
  • Work with and expand upon collaborative community/organizational relationships

Commitment:

  • 20 hours/week with some weekend work and possibility for flexible scheduling
    DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

• Highly organized and self-directed

• Strong interpersonal skills and public speaking ability

• Ability to work independently, but in collaboration with several other groups

• Ability to juggle many different projects simultaneously, and prioritize as needed

• Ability to work weekends during the harvest season, and occasional evenings (with time off in exchange)

• Ability to work in an office as well as an outdoor agricultural environment

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

• U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident

• At least 18 years of age

• Computer competency, especially using Excel, email, and internet

• Requires the use of a personal vehicle with mileage reimbursement at standard rate

If you are a highly organized, self-directed person with strong communication skills and are passionate about building community and working to address issues of hunger, Harvest Against Hunger has the internship for you!

Application: Send cover letter and resume to gleaning@firstharvest.org by May 24, 2010.

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