LEAP is Searching for Interns

Interns for Local Environmental Agriculture Project (LEAP) will support our nonprofit's mission by assisting in the daily work of our mobile and fixed site farmers markets, community gardens, shared commercial kitchen, food hub operations, and/or marketing efforts.

LEAP internships will be designed to fit each intern’s schedule and interests, while taking into account the specific needs of our organization (which change depending on seasons and other factors).

Interns will report to LEAP’s Food Access Manager, Community Gardens Manager, Kitchen Manager, Food Hub Manager, and Director of Marketing and Communications, depending on the schedule that is co-created by LEAP and the intern. This is an unpaid internship. Interns are encouraged to learn as much as they can about LEAP’s work in Roanoke and beyond during their internship, which includes taking home local fruits and vegetables as available. If this internship is eligible for college credit, LEAP staff will complete any necessary paperwork.

Sample of Internship Opportunities:

  • LEAP’s West End Farmers Market runs every Tuesday, from 3-6 pm, year round. Interns help with setup and breakdown, as well as running needed education or nutrition-incentive efforts during the market.
  • Grandin Village Farmers Market runs from mid-April through mid-November, every Saturday from 8 am to noon; and on first and third Saturdays in December, January, February, and March, from 10 am to 1 pm. Interns help with setup and breakdown, as well as running needed education or nutrition-incentive efforts during the market.
  • LEAP Mobile Market runs year-round on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and sometimes Fridays. Interns assist in loading the mobile market, with setup and breakdown at stops, restocking during stops, as well as helping customers learn about local food and nutrition incentives.
  • Community Gardens work includes supporting the gardens manager with volunteer and outreach events, as well as assisting with needed maintenance work in LEAP’s three community gardens.
  • LEAP Kitchen tasks include working with the kitchen manager to process fresh food from local farms into frozen food that is sold on the LEAP Mobile Market.
  • Interns assist with packing and distributing the LEAP Farm Share on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Marketing tasks include social media posting, creating content for LEAP’s website and newsletters, and other administrative tasks.


  • Interest in food systems, food access, and/or local agriculture
  • Ability to follow directions and work thoroughly and efficiently
  • Strong attention to detail and well organized
  • Strong communication and customer service skills
  • Ability to interact with diverse populations
  • Ability to lift 40 pounds
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Willingness to follow all food safety guidelines


  • LEAP works with interns year round. The hours per week and duration of the internship are flexible. LEAP interns that work less than 10 hours/week are expected to commit to at least a three-month internship. Interns that work more than 10 hours/week can be shorter. If these conditions aren’t met, LEAP’s volunteer program may be a good fit.

About LEAP

Local Environmental Agriculture Project (LEAP) is a Roanoke-based 501c3 nonprofit. Founded in 2009, LEAP strives to nurture an equitable food and farming system that prioritizes health and abundance. LEAP programs include two farmers markets, a mobile market, an online marketplace, a farm share, a food hub, a commercial kitchen, three community gardens, and robust nutrition incentive programs. LEAP also works with community partners from across the region on initiatives that promote farm to community and food system development. LEAP is the lead organization for Virginia Fresh Match, a statewide network of markets and retail outlets that make fruits and vegetables more affordable for SNAP participants.

To Apply:

Email a cover letter and resume to Laura Weatherford Burns at laura@leapforlocalfood.org or drop them off at The LEAP Hub at 1027 Patterson Ave. SW, Roanoke.
If assistance is needed with the application process, reach out to Laura Weatherford Burns (laura@leapforlocalfood.org or 540-929-1804).

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