The mission of Seacoast Eat Local is to connect people with sources of locally grown foods and to advocate eating locally for the health of our environment, community, culture and economy. Through advocacy, organizing and education, we work toward a sustainable local food system that meets the needs of both producers and consumers. Our work includes operating a SNAP/EBT Farmers’ Market Program, organizing winter farmers’ markets, operating a mobile farmers’ market, producing a local food guide, Seacoast Harvest, sponsoring workshops and events, and providing information through our email newsletter, blog and website, www.seacoasteatlocal.org
In Fall 2019, Seacoast Eat Local will be seeking 2-3 interns to join our team as a colleague for approximately 5-10 hours per week through the academic semester. Interns can come from a variety of academic disciplines, but should be highly self-motivated, reliable and committed to our mission.
Interns in this position will get first-hand experience working as a team in a non-profit setting, while also contributing research and study that will reflect, inform and guide our efforts. It is a high responsibility and high impact position for a student to see all facets of a non-profit setting and to work as an integral team member.
The primary ‘on the ground’ responsibility of this intern will be to help operate the SNAP/EBT table at our winter markets. This includes swiping cards, documenting transactions, interacting with farmers and clients and maintaining an organized ‘token’ system. The intern should be friendly, able to represent SEL positively, and willing to ask questions if discrepancies arise. Some physical lifting under 50lbs is required.
The intern MUST be able to commit to all markets from 9am to 2pm (Saturdays), as listed below. The intern will need to provide their own reliable source of transportation.
- Nov 16
- Nov 23
- Dec 7
- Dec 14
- Dec 21
Prior to the start of the winter market season, student interns are expected to coordinate with SEL staff to assist with at least two summer/fall outdoor markets from September to November. Markets take place in varying times and locations. Please speak with SEL staff for more details.
Students will be responsible for writing one blog post per week (on the same day each week) and for coordinating market food demonstrations. These will be discussed and planned with SEL staff. Students may also be asked to complete some basic administrative style tasks.
Successful candidates will be responsible, reliable and self motivated. They will be well spoken and able to represent Seacoast Eat Local positively in a public setting. Candidates must be able to provide their own source of transportation to and from markets and will need access to their own computer to complete office work. A working knowledge of the Google office suite is encouraged.
This is an unpaid internship, but SEL is willing to work out credit options where possible and good work will be rewarded with strong letters of recommendation, introductions to organizations of interest and possible opportunities for future hourly work. This internship is a great opportunity for a self-starter to work and be respected as part of an enthusiastic and dynamic team.
Please send a resume, cover letter and 3 contacts for reference to Shawn Menard, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Applications will be accepted starting immediately and the positions will remain open until filled.