The intern will assume significant management responsibilities for three programs which we operate Spring-Summer-Fall: a weekly outreach and education booth at the local farm market, a Co-op sponsored Local Food Program that aggregates access to local farm products, and a “Pay What You Can” program that subsidizes local food for needy families. This position is an opportunity to craft creative approaches to engaging the public, Co-op member-owners, and local farmers in building a more vibrant and thriving local food system. Chester County is the second largest agricultural producer in Pennsylvania with a growing community of producers dedicated to certified organic, pastured and grass fed animal husbandry, and craft food production.
The intern will be supervised by the Executive Director and will collaborate with Co-op Board and/or Committee members, and/or a staff member, depending on the nature of the work. Training as needed will be provided on the software tools that we currently employ. Although mentoring and supervision will be provided appropriate for the duties that the intern assumes, this position is best suited to an individual accustomed to assessing situational needs and driving their own knowledge and skill acquisition, for which the Co-op will provide guidance and support.
Skills will be developed in: 1) Engaging the public in cooperative development 2) Recruiting, training and managing volunteers 3) Needs assessments 4) Program management 5) Cooperative governance process