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*Internship* with Food Works in Portland

Published on January 26, 2015 under Uncategorized

Food Works is a youth empowerment and employment program om North Portland that engages 35 teenage youth in all aspects of operating a 2-acre organic farm on Sauvie Island.

We are currently recruiting for three volunteer internship positions working on our farm this summer!

Below is a brief description of each internship. For more information about Food Works and these positions go to http://villagegardens.org/food-works/food-works-employment-opportunities/ or click on the links below.

Start Date: June 1, 2015 (positions vary between 6 and 26 hours per week)

Food Works Summer Program Leader (2 positions available)

Support the leadership of an 8-week youth summer program designed for and by teenagers living in public housing communities in North Portland.  The Summer Program Leader will meet with summer program youth four days a week in the public housing communities where Village Gardens works, on the Food Works Farm on Sauvie Island, and at hunger relief organizations.  The Summer Program Leader will be responsible for coordinating transportation, delivering workshops, and supporting youth to meet the standards and expectations of the program.  As the primary adult support to a team of 10 youth participants, this position will be a good opportunity to practice and grow in youth development skills and creating positive youth-adult partnerships.  The Summer Program Leader will receive training and support from current Food Works staff before and during the summer program.

 

Cooking and Nutrition Program Facilitator (2 positions available)

The Cooking and Nutrition Program Facilitator position focuses on supporting the Food Works cooking and nutrition program by partnering with youth to create healthy menus utilizing recipes based on food grown on the Food Works farm and teaches basic healthy cooking skills through a series of cooking classes at Village Market.  Each Thursday youth choose a “veggie of the week”, and research its origin, history, nutritional value, and cooking use. The youth plan a meal featuring this vegetable and create a creative information presentation to be shared at our community lunch. These recipes will be used to prepare and cook a healthy lunch for the whole youth crew on our Wednesday harvest days. In addition, the Cooking and Nutrition Program Facilitator will help to facilitate healthy cooking classes for youth, which will support them in basic cooking skills such as knife skills, cooking healthy meat options, and steaming, sautéing, and roasting vegetables.  The Cooking and Nutrition Program Facilitator will also have the opportunity to participate in the work of the farm, attend special events, and be an active member of our leadership team.

 

Farmers Market Assistant (2 positions available)

The Farmers Market Program Assistant position focuses on supporting the Food Works youth market business. The Program Assistant will provide support to a team of youth each week at a Saturday Farmer’s Market, providing back-up to the youth, guidance, and transportation of produce and supplies to the market.  The program assistant will assist Village Gardens to launch a new weekly community marketplace in New Columbia that will encourage local residents to participate as prepared food, market garden/farmers, or micro-enterprise vendors. In addition, The Program Assistant will also have the opportunity to participate in the work of the farm, attend special events, and be an active member of our leadership team.

 

Internship Benefits:

1. A Monthly Stipend

2. Weekly access to fresh organic produce from the Food Works Farm.

3. School Credit (Intern responsible to coordinate with his/her college or university).

4. Gain experience. Working at Food Works is a great opportunity to practice and grow in youth development skills, participate in creating positive youth-adult partnerships, and experience great hands-on farming and farmer’s market experience.

5. Monthly Trimet Bus Pass (Summer Program Leader Only)

 

To apply send a cover letter and resume to Leslie Heimer, Food Works Youth Program Leader, at lheimer@janusyouth.org or mail it to:

 

Attn: Leslie Heimer

Village Gardens

Janus Youth Programs

707 NE Couch St.

Portland, OR 97232

 

Application Deadline: Review of applications and interviews will be ongoing until the positions are filled.

Leslie Heimer

Food Works Youth Program Leader

Village Gardens – Janus Youth Programs, Inc.

Office Address: 4610 N Trenton St. Portland, OR 97203

Mailing Address: 707 NE Couch St. Portland, OR 97232

Office: (503) 943-5633

Cell: (971) 998-9411

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