Harvest Pierce County

Contact information
Farm Address:
308 W Stewart Ave
Puyallup, Washington , 98371

Primary Contact: Madeleine Spencer
Primary Phone:
    Number: 2534683749
    Email: madeleines@piercecd.org

Website: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=92540&fromSearch=true

Website: www.piercecd.org

Internship information
General Farm Description: The Pierce Conservation District works with local landowners and public agencies to conserve natural resources that are essential to both our economy and our region’s quality of life. Our collaborative efforts with citizen volunteers to create a just food system, improve water quality, promote sustainable agriculture, and recover wildlife habitat, are the heart of our mission. Harvest Pierce County is the Urban Agriculture wing of Pierce Conservation District. With a focus on justice, connection, and equity, Harvest Pierce County's vision is that our region has a thriving community engaged in a just and healthy food system. This is accomplished through reconnecting communities to each other and their food systems through gardening, gleaning, and educating Pierce County about their food and food systems.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: 02/16/20
Internship Ends: 10/31/20
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: 1/15/20
Minimum Length of Stay: Full term

Internship Details:

This position will support our Farm Foundations training, which educates new and beginning farmers on organic production techniques, with an opportunity to practice and develop skills on our community farm. The Farm Foundations service member would support the efforts to recruit and train the next generation of farmers, as well as gain skills with outreach, engagement and education on topics of sustainable agriculture. The AmeriCorps position will run from Feb. 16 – August 31st. There will be the option to continue part-time as an hourly, contract employee through the end of October.
At Harvest Pierce County, we strongly value diversity of perspective, life experience, and identity, and are dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and pluralistic team. We strongly encourage applications from minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ+ and other underrepresented groups.

Educational Opportunities: This position would help assist with our Farm Foundations Training program and would be present for all classes as well as assisting in teaching program members. Training is provided.

Skills Desired: Required: • Interest/experience in farming and farm education • Ability to work outside in all weather and lead work parties of volunteers • Comfort and experience with diverse groups of people • Self-starter, ability to work well independently • Comfortable talking with strangers and groups • Excellent communication skills • Ability to multitask and manage multiple priorities • Knowledge of and passion for environmental issues Preferred: • 1-2 years of experience in farm work, volunteer management, community education, or similar programming • Knowledge of Pierce County area and community • Experience with gardening and/or agriculture • Experience with community organizing

Meals: No

Stipend: • AmeriCorps stipend of $1450/month, then $15 hourly August - October • Childcare Assistance if eligible • Training • Health coverage • ORCA card • Education award upon successful completion of service • Access to fresh fruits and vegetables during the growing season

Housing: No

Preferred method of Contact: Email