Food Safety Curriculum Development Internship


About Global Growers

Global Growers is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that increases the number of community growers who expand access to healthy food and also prepares commercial farmers to be competitive in their local marketplace. We support farmers through land acquisition and management, advocacy, training, and direct assistance, with a priority on diverse farmers who are underserved and underrepresented in agriculture.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate for this internship has an understanding of local food systems and sustainable agriculture. The candidate has a high degree of motivation, a commitment to excellence in meeting project goals, and is highly organized and attentive to detail. Ideally, the candidate has an understanding of the challenges that the lack of equity in small-scale agriculture has created for farmers identified by the USDA as “socially disadvantaged.”

Internship, Small Farm Food Safety Curriculum Development

The intern will have an integral role in realizing the 2017 Georgia Small Farm Food Safety Campaign, which is a collaborative, statewide campaign aimed at strengthening small farm food safety practices and increasing the number of farmers who have food safety certifications. The intern will assist with the review, adaptation, and implementation of classroom and on-farm food safety training materials – presentations, hand-outs, posters and training video scripts – to meet cultural, LEP and limited literacy needs.

While much of the Internship activities can be completed remotely, the intern must set a mutually agreed-upon weekly work schedule and physically attend bi-weekly meetings in the Stone Mountain/Atlanta area. The intern reports to the Wholesale Readiness Coordinator.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Finalize organization of existing food safety training materials and resources suggested by the collaborative Campaign Team (including Georgia Organics, the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, Community Farmers Markets, Common Market Georgia).
  • Establish and implement a curriculum and resource review and compilation process, making recommendations for the best synthesis of materials to meet the Campaign’s classroom, on-farm and video production training goals. 
  • Develop necessary adaptations of materials to meet cultural, LEP and low literacy needs, and assist with modifying presentations, handouts, posters and video scripts. 
  • Incorporate feedback from community partners and regulatory compliance experts, edit materials as appropriate, and generate polished, final drafts of training materials.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or 2 years of experience in sustainable agriculture and/or multilingual communities.
  • Experience as a hands-on and classroom presenter and/or trained.
  • Preferred: Experience in the sustainable agriculture sector and in working with diverse, multilingual and multicultural communities; knowledge of sustainable agriculture, food safety and local food system; an understanding of social and racial justice issues impacting agriculture in the South.
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), as well as experience with other training/presentation platforms.

Baseline Requirements

  • Valid driver’s license, clean driving record and access to a reliable vehicle
  • Ability to set and maintain a regular work schedule remotely, to connect virtually to the project team, and to meet in-person on a fixed bi-weekly schedule. 

Compensation

This internship includes a $2,000 stipend for 8-10 hours a week from May 15th to September 1st, 2017. We will be able to offer some flexibility for the start/end dates to accommodate school and/or summer travel. 

Application Instructions

Submit pdf resume (internCD.lastname.res) and cover letter (internCD.lastname.cl) to hr@globalgrowers.org, with the subject line: “internCD.lastname,” no later than April 15th, 2017. Applicant consideration will begin on April 10th.