In Search of Summer Interns

Local Food Systems Internship

Position Description:

The Local Food Systems interns will work across multiple programs focused on supporting producers and increasing consumers’ access to local foods. These programs include: the LEAP Mobile Market, the Virginia Fresh Match/Market Bucks program, and the LEAP Farm Share. Interns will be able to see the full scope of communities we serve, interact with a diverse customer base, and play an integral role in the packing and distribution of local food across programs.

The Local Food Systems intern will support LEAP’s mission by assisting in the daily work of our food distribution channels to support increased sales by local farmers and more local food reaching all parts of our community. This position will report to the Food Hub Manager. This is an unpaid internship. Interns are encouraged to bring home a new fruit or vegetable each week to learn about and cook with. If this internship is an eligible opportunity for college credit, LEAP staff are willing to complete necessary paperwork.

Requirements:

  • Interest in food systems or local agriculture
  • Ability to follow direction well and work thoroughly and efficiently
  • Strong attention to detail and well organized
  • Strong communication and customer service skills
  • Ability to interact with diverse populations
  • Able to lift 40 lbs.
  • Willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Follow all food safety guidelines
  • Must have own vehicle to travel between LEAP work sites

Responsibilities:

  • Help with packing orders for the Farm Share program (must be available either Tuesdays from 9 am to 1 pm or Wednesdays from 1 pm to 5 pm)
    - Weigh produce into individual share quantities
    - Maintain high levels of quality control while packing
    - Assist with loading/storing/labeling food for various pick-up sites across the city
  • Support staff at Farm Share Thursday distributions (2 to 5 pm or 2:45 to 5 pm)
  • Assist the Mobile Market Manager during one day of our Mobile Market Schedule (Tuesday through Friday)
  • - Weigh produce into individual share quantities
    - Maintain high levels of quality control while packing
  • -Assist with bagging/selecting produce
    -Interact directly with Mobile Market shoppers
    -Assist with set up and break down of the Mobile Market
  • -Assist the Mobile Market Manager with restocking and quality control

Schedule:

10-12 hours a week. Runs May through October. The duration of the internship is very flexible.

About LEAP:

LEAP nurtures our food community. We do this to create an equitable food and farming system which prioritizes health and abundance by supporting community initiatives, markets, farms, and farmers. We do this because we believe in:

  • Equity: We believe that all people should have affordable access to the food that feeds them and their families. We believe that farmers and food producers should be able to have viable businesses.
  • Dignity: We value and honor all people. We work to see, hear, listen, and understand the food community at all levels.
  • A holistic approach: Our region’s people, animals, and environment have wide-ranging and different needs. We seek to understand this complexity and support systems which focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • The benefits of local food: We are rooted in trusting relationships with community members, businesses, organizations, and governments to collectively support our food community.
  • Love: We serve our community with passion, love, and humility.

Application:
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Maureen McGonagle at mo@leapforlocalfood.org.

Application deadline is Friday, April 29, at 5 pm.

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