William Byrd Summer Internship Opportunity

Summer Internship Opportunity

Site: William Byrd Community House / Byrd House Market

Title of Position: Neighborhood Nutrition Program Assistant

The intention of this summer position is to provide an immersion experience in William Byrd Community House’s Neighborhood Nutrition program – an integration of indoor and outdoor programs that enrich the agency’s vision to create an environment for Richmond’s children where reading is always an adventure, healthy eating is a way of life, and the child’s family is an integral part of the education process.

Byrd House Market provides neighborhood and area shoppers with 20-25 farmer and artisan vendors of locally grown or produced foods, from sustainably grown to USDA certified organic. We have been able to do SNAP EBT (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Electronic Benefits Transfer) card swipes since June 2011 and this year will have an incentive fund from which to provide up to $10 in matching funds to SNAP recipients.

Grace Arents Community Garden offers neighbors the annual opportunity to lease raised beds in which to grow their own fresh foods, and its setting is the center of children’s activities during the Farmers Market every Tuesday. This year one bed will serve as a Kitchen Garden in which the children and assistant will cultivate herbs and small produce crops from which the WBCH cook will prepare or supplement the children’s daily meals, snacks or food learning activities.

Byrd House Farmlet is a ¼ acre production farm and learning laboratory for our children and service learning groups, which has provided seasonal produce to supplement the non perishable goods in our family food pantry, but is currently dormant.

The Neighborhood Nutrition Assistant will learn the ins and outs of how each of these programs works from administration to onsite management, from farm labor to stewardship of the land, from harvest to distribution, not to mention marketing and finance! A farmers market is a direct marketing small business venture and this internship provides a hands-on opportunity to understand the economics of life in agriculture in the 21st century.

For Byrd House Farmers Market, you will learn the ins and out of market management, from administration to making the market day happen! Along with selection one or two standing responsibilities, on any given market day you will assist the Market Manager with grounds maintenance, setup and breakdown; guiding volunteers, musicians, special guests and nonprofits; staffing the market information tent, processing SNAP and credit/debit cards, fundraising, cooking demonstrations, counting market shoppers, conducting vendor and customer surveys, and other outreach projects.

For the Grace Arents Community Garden, you will assist Community Garden Peer Coordinator and/or Market Manager with general maintenance and care of the Community Garden setting, preparation of outdoor educational or volunteer activities.

In the Grace Arents Library & Education Center, you will learn and assist with library administration: sorting and shelving books and educational materials; cataloguing; assist with research projects and provide enrichment activities for Children’s Summer Camp, both indoor and outdoor. Some assistance to the agency with general office functions such as front desk coverage, phones, preparing information packets, compiling data, data entry, marketing research, social media, photography and special events.

A week as an intern June through August 2015 could look something like this…

  • Mondays – Community Garden maintenance/Farmers Market preparation and promotion
  • Tuesdays – Farmers Market (11:00 am to 7:30 pm)
  • Wednesdays – Gardening with Summer Campers, ages 3-5 / Post market admin
  • Thursdays – Gardening with Summer Campers, ages 5-12 / Library admin
  • Fridays – Grounds maintenance/ Market prep / Library admin

Preferred applicants will enjoy interacting with lots of people, working with children, have an interest in gardening and other outdoor chores, a tolerance for summer temperature extremes and the ability to lift 50 lbs. It will be considered a big PLUS if you have “handy” skills in carpentry, electrical or mechanical repairs, or a general tendency toward Do-It-Yourself-ism!

Must be able to work on market day, Tuesday, from 11 am to 7:30 pm, and either Friday or Monday because they are market preparation days. All other days are flexible.

A car is not necessary to the work itself, but can be very helpful. Reliable transportation to and from the job is necessary.

We have openings for up to 2 interns for this position.

To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to Ana Edwards.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Ana Edwards, Library Programs & Byrd House Market Manager

byrdhousemarket@gmail.com, office: 804/643-2717 x306 or cell: 804/517-4049