Summer Associates

Interested in sustainable agriculture, food systems, and community engagement?

 

Check out these great summer internships!

 

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit your application by Wednesday, May 27th, 2020. 

Eastern Washington

Community Food Systems Summer Associate, Blue Mountain Action Council (Walla Walla, WA)

The Community Food System Summer Associate (SA) will build upon past efforts to build a network of farmers and gardeners in the Walla Walla Valley that grow food for the Food Bank clients. The SA will recruit community volunteers to help glean, harvest, and transport agricultural products from the fields to the food pantries in the five counties that Blue Mountain Action Council serves. The SA will create a recruitment strategy to be used at the Farmers Market to solicit volunteer food producers and harvesters and build volunteer skill levels for safe operations on farms and with handling agricultural products. The SA will also conduct activities of harvesting, gleaning, sorting, washing, and distribution in concert with recruited volunteers. In addition, the SA will compile data and records for reporting and succession to harvest season.

Community Food Summer Asssociate, Community Action Center

(Pullman, WA)

The Community Food Summer Associate will help maintain common lobby produce area, common garden areas, and edible perennials plants between family garden boxes to help achieve a sustainable garden program and to help families keep vegetable plants healthy. This will be implemented by weekly produce rotation in the lobby and distribute past primes, watering schedule and training gardeners on water practices. The SA will design and implement a weekly common area wedding plan and plant health checks. The SA will support mobile farmstand operations which will be achieved through 10 ride-along trips to different regional communities. The SA will support local sourcing of produce, loading, and unloading onto mobile farm stand, displaying produce at host community events and interacting with customers and handling the pay-what-you-can payment system.

Spokane Edible Tree Project Summer Associate, Spokane Edible Tree Project (Spokane, WA)

The Summer Associate (SA) will serve as a harvest leader as needed in the region, develop contacts and partnerships with tree owners and plan gleaning schedules with orchard owners. The SA will maintain reliable communication with volunteers about upcoming gleans as well as coordinate volunteers work at each harvest event, lead at least one harvest a week during the gleaning season and lead Spokane’s Farmers Market Recovery program. In addition, the SA will track volunteer hours and pounds of produce harvested, work with Education and outreach committee to conduct outreach to the community.

Central Washington

Upper Valley MEND Summer Associate, Upper Valley MEND (Leavenworth, WA)

The Summer Associate will serve to further access to local produce for food insecure populations by sustaining and expanding the Community Harvest gleaning program and coordinate with the summer feeding programs. The SA will assess the current state of the Community Harvest Program and create or revise goals for the 2020 harvest season to improve effectiveness and program sustainability. The SA will revise and implement a volunteer recruitment plan, develop education and outreach for the promotion of eating local produce and coordinate volunteers for harvest events and organize food collection and distribution. The SA will create strategies for highlighting program impact through storytelling using qualitative and quantitative data.

Western Washington

City Fruit Program Coordinator Summer Associate, City Fruit (Seattle/Tacoma/Bremerton, WA)

The City Fruit Program Coordinator Summer Associate will build the capacity of City Fruit by increasing the amount of fruit that is collected during the harvesting season by participating in harvesting. The SA will increase the number of neighbors who will receive fruits by developing new partnerships with with food pantries, meal programs, and community partners. Lastly, the SA will work the work of food pantries, meal programs, and community partners by collecting and sharing the stories of our partnerships.

Elk Run Farm Summer Associate, Elk Run Farm (Maple Valley, WA)

The SA will engage with Elk Run Farm to help expand the production of fruits and vegetables by growing, harvesting and delivering produce from Elk Run Farm to the food banks of South King County Food Coalition. The SA will also coordinate weekly Free Farm Stands at member food banks, working with the high school internship program, recruiting and training volunteers for specialized roles and working alongside farm staff. In addition, the SA will support the record-keeping and evaluation process of farm produce and farm program.

Good Cheer Produce Recovery Summer Associate, Good Cheer Food Bank (Langley, WA)

The Summer Associate at Good Cheer Food Bank will support Fresh Food on the Table, our program to supply nutritious, locally-sourced fresh fruits and vegetables to low income and impoverished children, individuals, and families on South Whidbey Island in Washington. The Summer Associate’s activities will be focused on fair and efficient distribution of fresh produce, as well as healthy eating education. The Summer Associate will partner directly with produce donors, contract farmers, and garden volunteers to harvest, wash, pack, and deliver produce, contributing to food and nutrition education efforts for food bank clients. The Summer Associate will assist with food processing and season extension efforts, contributing to evaluation and discussion around retooling distribution points and limits system, assisting with photo documentation, outreach efforts, survey collection, and donor record keeping to track and evaluate program impacts.

Community Action of Skagit County Summer Associate, Community Action of Skagit County (Sedro-Woolley, WA)

The Summer Associate (SA) will further the access of local produce for food-insecure populations in Skagit County by sustaining the gleaning projects that support food pantries, and meal programs. The SA will coordinate gleanings activities which include managing volunteers, harvest training, leading volunteer groups to harvest and collecting and transporting harvest products. The SA will also track data for harvested products. The SA will also improve and build sustainable methods into the program by meeting with collaborators, presenting possible improvements for coordination of volunteers and suggesting improvements for the 2020 season as well as organizing information.

Tacoma Farmer’s Market Food Access Summer Associate, Tacoma Farmer’s Market (Tacoma, WA)

The Tacoma Farmers Market Food Access Summer Associate will have two primary goals which are to increase purchases of healthy, fresh foods by SNAP-eligible shoppers in order to improve nutrition and to support TFM SNAP Ambassadors. The SA will increase purchases of healthy, fresh foods by identifying opportunities at the market for SNAP-eligible shoppers to buy more produce, create affordable season recipes, engage and steward relationships with local chefs for demonstrations booths at the market and perform outreach through neighborhood canvassing. The second goal is to support TFM SNAP Ambassadors to increase awareness about SNAP benefits by developing and delivering market tours, create informational materials about the program. The SA will also contribute to the feasibility study of the mobile market by assessing the needs of SNAP-eligible shoppers.

Thurston County Food Bank Summer Associate, Thurston County Food Bank (Olympia, WA)

The Summer Associate (SA) will conduct education/outreach at food pantries, community meals, school summer lunch programs, and farmers market, develop curriculum and educational materials for outreach activities. The SA will coordinate nutrition/cooking classes with the SNAP-Ed and local chefs, as well as coordinate Farm to Food Pantry (F2FP)/gleaning network deliveries to local food pantries, tribal leaders, senior and low-income housing sites and contacting F2FP farmers about, produce availability and delivery. With the help of the Kitsap Gleaning Coordinator, the SA will identify mobility-limited food insecure individuals and communities. In addition, the SA will inventory commercial kitchens/food processing options, conduct surveys at local food banks on the feasibility of locally processed foods, assist with county-wide food systems assessment focused on access to nutritious foods, and gather, tabulate and report data on F2FP programming and related food access activities.

Peninsula 

Community Harvest Summer Associate, Kitsap Conservation District

(Poulsbo, WA)

The Summer Associate (SA) will conduct education/outreach at food pantries, community meals, school summer lunch programs, and farmers market, develop curriculum and educational materials for outreach activities. The SA will coordinate nutrition/cooking classes with the SNAP-Ed and local chefs, as well as coordinate Farm to Food Pantry (F2FP)/gleaning network deliveries to local food pantries, tribal leaders, senior and low-income housing sites and contacting F2FP farmers about, produce availability and delivery. With the help of the Kitsap Gleaning Coordinator, the SA will identify mobility-limited food insecure individuals and communities. In addition, the SA will inventory commercial kitchens/food processing options, conduct surveys at local food banks on the feasibility of locally processed foods, assist with county-wide food systems assessment focused on access to nutritious foods, and gather, tabulate and report data on F2FP programming and related food access activities.