Massachusetts: Massachusetts Farm to School Project seeks Intern

7 Dec

Organization:  Massachusetts Farm to School Project
Program:  Worcester Kindergarten Initiative
Position:  Unpaid internship
Term: January 2011 (or sooner)- June 2011, potential for longer commitment
Location:  Amherst, MA with some travel to Central Mass and Worcester MA
Description:

The Kindergarten Initiative was developed by The Food Trust in Pennsylvania
and piloted in the Philadelphia public schools.  Please see
http://www.thefoodtrust.org/php/programs/kindergarten.initiative.php for a complete
overview of the Kindergarten Initiative.   The KI has been retooled
for its Massachusetts pilot in the Worcester Public Schools in order to
meet the Mass Department of Elementary and Secondary Education standards
for kindergarten curriculum, and to accommodate the standards and
practices within the Worcester district. The description of the KI on The
Food Trust’s website is largely accurate for the scope of the project here
in Massachusetts. It is our belief that the Kindergarten Initiative will
be “portable” to other school districts in Massachusetts (and to private
schools) over the coming months and years. The Worcester KI is a
grant-funded program; our money has been raised from a number of donor
organizations.

For more information about the Massachusetts Farm to School Project please
see www.mass.gov/agr/markets/Farm_to_school, or “Google” mass farm to
school project.

Location: The Mass Farm to School Project is located at 20 Gatehouse
Road, Amherst MA. The intern would be expected to spend at least one
 business day/week in the office working with the KI
Project Coordinator, Anne Cody. Additional duties that require
hours during the business week would be as requested to be completed from
the Project Coordinator’s office in Central Mass or in the Worcester area.

Hours/Week: 8 hours/week is a reasonable estimate, though there will be
spikes in responsibilities at times.

Pay: This is an unpaid internship with the potential for continuing,
and/or expanding as the Worcester Kindergarten Initiative continues in
subsequent school years.

Requirements: The ideal candidate will possess the ability to handle a
wide range of basic project details, including telephone and written
communications with a variety of organizations. The candidate should have
strong written and verbal skills, and be highly organized and attentive to
details. Tasks will be time-sensitive, and priorities can change so
please expect to be flexible and prompt. Kindergarten Initiative efforts
include gathering and delivering classroom materials, elementary paperwork
for current and anticipated expenses, following up on emails and various
communications from schools, teachers, and other stakeholders, attending
Mass Farm to School/Kindergarten Initiative events hosted by our
organization or outside entities, and basic clerical responsibilities.
The intern should have his/her own car in good working order, have a cell
phone with adequate minutes to use for internship duties, a laptop, access
to a reliable color printer, the ability to configure and connect to our
wifi network and printer independently, and to be generally “up and at
’em” during the business day. Potential candidates with an interest in
early childhood education, nutrition, local agriculture, economic
development, and/or public health would make a good match for this
internship.

Process: Interested candidates should email Anne Cody, the Kindergarten
Initiative Program Manager at: cupfish@msn.com. Please include at least
one paragraph describing your current work/school circumstances, any
relevant background that relates to the duties described above, skills or
interests that relate to the Worcester Kindergarten Initiative, and why
you are interested in this position. No phone calls please; qualified
candidates will be contacted for further discussions. Timeframe for a
final decision and workplan for the new intern is December 2010.

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