New Entry’s National Team seeks an intern to support various aspects of our national program work including outreach efforts, resource management, and data analysis. The position is 8-10 hours per week and would be based in Boston at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy or our Lowell office. This internship offers the opportunity to work closely with the National Technical Assistance Manager, interfacing with our national capacity building efforts and network facilitation for organizations across the country working on beginning farmer training and local food systems issues.
TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Review and update/edit resources developed for organizational capacity building
- Become familiar with online resources developed/compiled for Community Food Projects (CFP) grant program, Ag Apprentice Learning Network (AgALN), and National Incubator Farm Training Initiative (NIFTI)
- Identify any outdated materials and work with National Technical Assistance Manager to determine a plan to update, replace or archive resources
- Help to organize our online resource library where resources are housed
- Outreach: draft emails in MailChimp based on templates and prior emails, schedule for sending, maintain outreach schedule regarding:
- CFP, AgALN, and NIFTI webinars, updates, announcements
- 2019 Community Food Systems conference
- Emails announcing conference news: registration open/close, scholarship process, sponsor highlights, keynote and workshop presenter highlights
- Help to analyze data from CFP, AgALN, NIFTI surveys to help improve programming
- Strong organizational skills and acute attention to detail
- Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
- Proficiency with standard computer software
- Familiarity with food systems/food security issues
- Experience with outreach, social media
- Experience with MailChimp, Form Assembly, and/or Salesforce are helpful but not required
The position will be open until filled.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL TEAM:
The New Entry National Team works to create a resilient food system by providing professional development, capacity building, and network support to programs that train beginning farmers or those that work to promote their success through activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and consumers of all socio-economic backgrounds. The National Incubator Farm Training Initiative (NIFTI) provides training, technical assistance, and a community of practice model to organizations that operate land-based beginning farmer training programs.
New Entry works in partnership with commercial farms and organizations coordinating apprenticeships across the country to build an active Ag Apprenticeship Learning Network. This work is geared towards formalizing a set of shared standards or best practices for meeting the learning goals of beginning farmers and ranchers who are looking to gain management and production skills by participating in apprenticeships on commercial farms.
New Entry provides training and technical assistance to grantees and applicants of the USDA Community Food Projects (CFP) Grant Program on a wide range of issues related to community based food systems. We host a bi-annual Community Food Systems Conference, a national conference exploring the themes of Sustainable Agriculture, Social Justice and Food Security. The first was in December 2017 and the next will take place in 2019.
ABOUT NEW ENTRY:
New Entry, an initiative of Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and additional partners, works locally, regionally, and across the country to strengthen local food systems by supporting new farmers. We serve and collaborate with the people, communities, and organizations in Massachusetts, the Northeast, and beyond. New Entry’s mission is to improve our local and regional food systems by training the next generation of farmers to produce food that is sustainable, nutritious, and culturally-appropriate and making this food accessible to individuals regardless of age, mobility, ethnicity, or socio-economic status. In doing this work, we provide critical training, career development, and economic opportunity to new farmers.