Massachusetts: New Lands Farm seeks Field Intern – West Springfield

21 May
New Lands Farm, a project of Lutheran Social Services (LSS), seeks a Field Intern to assist an exciting new project which engages recently resettled refugees in growing food for their families and the community in Greater Springfield, MA.  LSS is a non-profit, refugee resettlement organization that provides refugees with the support and guidance needed to achieve economic self-sufficiency, community integration and a better future. 

About the Position

The New Lands Farm Field Intern will be conducting hands-on assistance to new refugee farmers on our 10 acre farm site in West Springfield and additional garden sites.  Refugee farmers represent diverse backgrounds and skills.  The Field Intern will be working directly with New Lands Farm staff to offer new farmer trainings and manage agriculture production.  This is a unique opportunity to engage in a meaningful project and grow local food.  Interns will have the ability to get involved in a diversity of activities associated with the project, as well as the opportunity to attend agricultural trainings and access land for personal gardening/farming.  This position is unpaid for 20 hours per week, June through August.

Responsibilities:

The Field Intern will support the Program Coordinator and refugee famers/gardeners by assisting with the following:

    • Researching and trouble-shooting field production challenges, such as diseases and pests
    • Conducting soil and crop amendments
    • Establishing a new irrigation system and washing station
    • Overseeing harvest, post-harvest handling and preparation for market
    • Managing tools and equipment
    • Organizing volunteer days on the farm
    • Training refugee farmers on agriculture production techniques
    • Drafting farm production plans

Qualifications:

    • Demonstrate background in growing food, promoting local agriculture
    • Previous vegetable field work and market crop production experience a plus
    • Comfortable interacting with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds
    • Ability to work in adverse weather conditions and lift 50 pounds
    • Driver’s license necessary and personal vehicle preferred
    • Team player who can work independently as needed
    • Strong record keeping, organization and computer skills
    • Creative problem solver

If interested in the above position, please forward your resume and cover letter to Agricultural Program Coordinator Shemariah Blum-Evitts atsblum@lssne.org.​  Please visit our website for more information: www.lssne.org.

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