Requisition ID: req8997
Job Title: New Roots SLC Farm Incubator Summer Associate VISTA
Sector: Food Security
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: No
Location: Salt Lake City, UT USA
Founded in 1933, the IRC is a leading nonsectarian, voluntary organization providing relief, protection and resettlement services for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. In the U.S.; IRC provides assistance to refugees resettling here through 25 offices operating in 16 states. IRC resettles approximately 11,000 refugees per year and provides numerous program services to assist the refugee from their arrival through citizenship. The IRC in Salt Lake City opened it office in 1994, and provides resettlement services through extended case management to newly arrived refugees for up to 24-months as well as over twenty different programs to educate and empower refugees.
The International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City (“IRC SLC”) is a refugee resettlement agency providing two year case management to 1200 refugees in Salt Lake County. Our services are intended to smooth the path to self-sufficiency, through employment and engagement in the community. To support this goal, IRC SLC operates diverse programs to support refugees’ lives and livelihoods including New Roots in Salt Lake City (New Roots SLC), a multi-faceted food security and agriculture program founded in 2010, which offers refugees, many of whom come from agricultural backgrounds, opportunities to engage in community gardening and small scale farming opportunities to improve their physical, psychosocial, and financial wellbeing. New Roots SLC has an excellent track record supporting refugee farmers in contributing to local agricultural innovation, including exploring projects that incorporate research and experimentation with both production and marketing. New Roots SLC started the New Roots SLC Farm Incubator Program (Farm Incubator) to provide land access, training, technical assistance, and marketing support for farmers moving through the many stages of small business development. The Farm Incubator currently supports over 40 refugee farmers operating at 2 sites totaling over 18 acres. Farm Incubator program participants utilize their existing agricultural skills and experience to engage with the specialty crop economy in their new home, including growing familiar vegetables as well as culturally appropriate varieties from their countries of origin. Through their farming endeavors refugee farmers increase their own household food security, generate needed income to support themselves and their families, and build transferrable job skills through participation in Farm Incubator programming.
The New Roots SLC Farm Incubator Summer Associate will support New Roots SLC’s farmer training initiatives, including increasing capacity for on-farm supplemental income generation and employment skills development.
Summer Associates receive:
A living allowance for the time served ($1040 a month), which is equivalent to the amount received by full-time members serving in the area.
Choice between a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($1,289.95), or an end-of-service summer stipend. Only those Summer Associates who successfully complete their full term of service are eligible to receive the education award or end-of-service summer stipend.
Support New Roots team in management of two farm sites, including Community Supported Agriculture Program, 3 seasonal farmers markets, and wholesale markets.
Create and maintain community space on farm sites to encourage the interaction and communing of our farm participants.
Develop farm site place making and land management projects that increase the productivity and success of farmer operations, as well as, provide New Roots farmers with a safe, positive space that can be used for community engagement.
Maintain food safety, hygiene, and social distancing protocols at farm and market sites.
Research, purchase, and plant best perennials to encourage the propagation of beneficial insects to assist in New Roots SLC integrated pest management system.
Research and develop successful composting system for both the Redwood and Wheadon farm sites.
Develop and refine materials that support programming to assist with farmer training, increasing supplemental income generation, and employment skills.
Assess farmer goals and skills to determine programming needed for each farmer
Provide materials and training to help farmers reach goals and improve skills in the Farm Incubator Program
Evaluate programming and training to measure effectiveness of training by completing pre and post assessments.
- Cannot be a full-time student (since it is full-time work, this is too difficult)
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
- Some college experience preferred
- At least 18 years of age
- US Citizen or permanent resident
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with people of different linguistic backgrounds
- Highly organized with excellent time management skills
- Proficient in MS Excel and Word
- Professional, friendly, and courteous
- Ability to lift 50+ lbs
- Ability to drive a vehicle and must have proof of insurance and good driving record