DC: Neighborhood Farm Initiative seeks Volunteer Coordinator Intern

27 Feb

The Volunteer Coordinator Intern will assist the Volunteer Coordinator (VC) in planning and implementing NFI’s work with volunteers.

The Volunteer Coordinator Intern will assist with:

• Developing Web & Social Networking Presence (Ongoing)
• Community Workshops – Seed Give-aways (March – May)

• On-site Garden Preparation (March – May)

The VC Intern will help build a diverse base of volunteers, with particular focus on involving underserved communities wherever possible. VC Intern will assist VC in keeping database records including emergency contact info, and any professional skills each volunteer may have they would be willing to offer NFI (ie web design, legal skills, accounting, etc).

On-site at the garden:

•Assist VC coordinate one or two volunteer work days each week during the growing season

o In general, there should be a minimum of one weekend and one weekday volunteer
opportunity each week.

• Help supervise volunteers on Volunteer Work Days

• Schedule at least one “specialty” work day each month (eg. Lemonade Day, Potluck Lunch,
etc.) – this includes (3) NFI Field Days open to the public in March, June, and September

• Make sure there are adequate tools and supplies (includes drinking water, fully-stocked first aid kit) for volunteers to complete the necessary tasks

• Work with VC to coordinate large volunteer groups

• Ensure each volunteer fills out an emergency contact form to be kept on-site

•Do any necessary prep work on site to prepare for volunteer groups.

Off-site tasks may include:

•Help maintain Volunteer Database and email list-serve

•Help manage Volunteer Outreach using social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Craigslist, Idealist.org, and VolunteerMatch.com

Help maintain NFI Blog

Use existing volunteers to recruit more volunteers from the Fort Totten community

Skills Required:

•Enthusiasm and patience in working with (and often teaching) volunteers of all ages

•Superb written and oral communication skills

•Ability to be flexible based on weather and seasonal crop needs

Familiarity with or ability to learn safe operation of hand and power garden tools, including
weed eaters, power mowers, and rototillers

•A basic working knowledge of basic internet social networking tools

•Ability & willingness to pass a background check

•Ability to work with a diverse group of individuals and communities

Flexible working style – ability to work independently, but also must be able to collaborate!

Additional skills desired, but not required:
Experience with gardening or farming

Sense of humor

Ability to solve problems independently and creatively

•Additionally, throughout the internship, interns are expected to:
• Submit monthly timesheets itemizing time spent on the internship
• Submit brief weekly reports on Fridays, itemizing activities accomplished and plans for the
following week
• Meet with his/her direct supervisor for a performance evaluation & check-in mid-way
through the internship
• Assist as-needed with administrative functions of the program (i.e. making photocopies, data
entry, etc)

The work performed should encompass
approximately 10-15 hours per week, including on-site and planning time, and may also involve
assisting with coordinating off-site volunteers, if needed. The internship is unpaid, but college
credit can be arranged through your academic adviser.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to NeighborhoodFarm@gmail.com by March 4.

 

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