Minnesota: Sparc seeks Urban Agro-Enterprise Assistant Coordinator Intern

7 Feb
Organization: Sparc

Organization Summary: Sparc is a non-profit community development corporation that creates healthy, affordable, and sustainable neighborhoods by improving residential and commercial vitality in Saint Paul.

Location: Sparc, 843 Rice Street, Saint Paul; some work may be completed remotely

Compensation: Volunteer with a $500 stipend

Time commitment: We offer a flexible schedule with primarily weekday hours.  We prefer a minimum commitment of at least 8 hours per week for at least two months.

Deadline: February 14, 2011

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Assist Sparc’s Business Development Program Manager in launching a three-acre urban agriculture project.  The site will be a pilot project hosting three production businesses.  The project aims to supply healthy produce to an urban neighborhood as well as facilitate successful agricultural enterprises.

Duties may include:

    • Coordinate and  maintain communications with project partners
    • Help design site layout of three-acre site owned by Sparc
    • Prepare site, including coordination of tree removal and soil testing
    • Research market opportunities for produce grown on the site, including neighborhood residents, schools, stores, and/or restaurants
    • Identify funding sources and help draft grant proposals
    • Attend related meetings and conferences

Experience and Qualification Requirements:

    Preference will be given to candidates with:
    • Garden or landscape planning experience
    • Marketing or business experience
    • Experience in launching successful projects
    • Demonstrated interest in community development, leadership, and/or engagement
    • Hmong or Karen language skills
    • Familiarity with the North End neighborhood
    • Self-directed, reliable, and comfortable with the public

How to Apply: Please send a resume to allison@sparcweb.org. If selected, you will be asked to come in for an interview and will be notified shortly after about the position.


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