1 Sugarloaf Street South Deerfield, MA 01373
CISA's mission is to strengthens farms and engage the community to build the local food economy.
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OverviewThis internship is a great way to learn about Farmer’s Markets and how to support them. CISA maintains relationships with the 30 farmers’ markets in our region and this summer will be supporting their transition to process HIP (Healthy Incentives Program), which provides SNAP (formerly Food Stamp) customers with a dollar for dollar rebate for their purchases of fruits and vegetables. This position will attend markets to assist market managers, vendors and clients in communicating and transitioning to HIP benefits, will do outreach to farm stands and CSAs regarding HIP as necessary, and support CISA’s communications to the public regarding HIP. We are looking for someone who is has impeccable customer service and people skills, can communicate complicated transactions to a variety of audiences, is organized, and is a good writer.
Start dateJanuary, 2019
End datemid-May, 2019
•Schedule and coordinate market visits;
•Set up and staff CISA tables for public outreach at events and activities;
•Support farmers’ markets, vendors, farm stands, and CSAs in accepting HIP;
•Support staffer in outreach to farmers markets regarding SNAP and Senior FarmShare
•Review and make recommendations of outreach and tools to support HIP.
Required intern qualifications
Qualifications: Skilled in conducting research, interest in local agriculture and food, comfortable talking on telephone, well-organized, ability to present data clearly, experience with Excel, and access to transportation required (sometimes a bus schedule can work, but often the buses do not work within class schedules).
Desired outcomes of internship
A rewarding and educational experience.
Compensation: credits grant funded, small stipend may be available via GCC grant funds