Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities Currently Available:

Valley Food & Farm Seasonal Project Coordinator 2017

The Valley Food & Farm Seasonal Project Coordinator will step in to a busy, fun team working on behalf of our local food economy. There will be work on the computer, in the office, and in the field with farmers markets, community agencies, children, and farmers.

Essential Responsibilities:
This coordinator will ensure excellence in the implementation of Valley Food & Farm’s 2017 New Hampshire Farmers’ Market projects, including Power of Produce Clubs and Healthy Foods, Healthy Farms, Healthy Kids.
We are seeking an outgoing person to assist with project planning and implementation. The ideal candidate will be sociable, experienced in working with children and families of all income levels, able to do public outreach, and has a creative spirit.

Working closely with the Valley Food & Farm Team, the Coordinator will
• Assist in the planning and execution of Power of Produce Clubs at two NH farmers’ markets and a NH farm stand
• Assist in the planning and execution of public outreach activities at community locations serving low-income families, in order to encourage and incentivize families to visit the participating markets
• Support markets with volunteer training and support, and developing children’s activities
• Collect data and materials from markets
• Other duties as assigned

Project Background:
In 2017-18 we will be coordinating a total of three Power of Produce (POP) Clubs for ages 5-12 at summer farmers’ markets and farm stands in New Hampshire. These are inspired by the successful Farmers’ Market Coalition’s Power of Produce (POP) Clubs and POP Club success at the Hartland, VT farmers’ market. POP Clubs engage kids as produce shoppers and learners through weekly activities, “POP Bucks” to spend on produce, and fun. In addition to assisting markets in developing POP Clubs, we will engage low-income families in areas near the markets with outreach and incentives that encourage them to come to the markets, join POP activities, and take advantage of existing market programs such as EBT tokens and Granite State Market Match. Our goal is to increase income for participating fruit and vegetable farmers, and to increase EBT use at the participating markets. The project is funded by the New Hampshire Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the Healthy New Hampshire Foundation.

 

Communications Internship: Summer 2017

Vital Communities seeks a Communications Intern to support communications projects and social media for the organization. The intern will work together with the Vital Communities Communications Manager on some of our regular projects, like our monthly e-news, and on some exciting new ideas (dependent upon skill and interest).

This position will be office-based, with opportunities for some work to be performed remotely. Dates for the position are flexible, running approximately May-September at 20-30 hrs/wk. Small stipend available.

Communications Intern Responsibilities

  • Manage Vital Communities’ day-to-day Facebook presence, condensing stories from longer articles into shorter pieces appropriate for social media.
  • Draft content for newsletters, annual reports, blog posts, and articles.
  • Update the Vital Communities’ WordPress blog.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 Applicants MUST have:

  • Reliable transportation to Vital Communities’ offices in White River Junction
  • Local housing available

Desired Skills Include:
• Interest or experience in marketing or journalism
• Excellent writing skills
• Familiarity and comfort with Facebook and Instagram
• Ability to develop content of various lengths and types for a variety of media
• Understanding of discretion and tact in representing an organization
• Ability to pick up new tasks quickly
• Experience with WordPress preferable but not required

To Apply: E-mail resume, writing sample, and cover letter to SCottingham@VitalCommunities.org.

 

Local First Alliance Internship: Summer 2017

The Local First Alliance Intern will be primarily tasked with conducting research to identify future projects to expand and strengthen the LFA mission. The intern will research local economy programs and initiatives in other parts of New England and in other states and identify ways to apply these best practices in the Upper Valley.

The intern will also support the LFA program’s membership outreach efforts, updating member businesses’ profiles on the LFA online directory and preparing membership packets for new and renewing members. The intern will work together with the Vital Communities LFA Manager to prepare blog posts, social media posts, and newsletter items highlighting the program.

This 10 hour/week position will be office-based, with opportunities for some work to be performed remotely. Applicants MUST have reliable transportation to Vital Communities’ offices in White River Junction and local housing available.

Local First Alliance Intern Responsibilities (10 hours/week)

  • Research current models for some creative projects LFA is considering, as directed.
  • Update membership directory and prepare information packets for new and renewing members.
  • Help with LFA special events.
  • Draft content for newsletters, social media, blog posts, and articles.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired Skills Include:
• Passion for supporting local economies
• Interest or experience in research
• Familiarity and comfort with Facebook and Instagram
• Understanding of discretion and tact in representing an organization
• Ability to pick up new tasks quickly
• Experience with WordPress preferable but not required

To Apply: E-mail resume, writing sample, and cover letter to SCottingham@VitalCommunities.org.

 

Ongoing Internship and Volunteer Opportunities
Are you interested in interning at Vital Communities but do not see a current opportunity that matches your interests? We are open to explore the possibilities with you.

Please email HR@VitalCommunities.org your resume and one page cover letter describing your interests, skills, and what you’d like to get out of an internship at Vital Communities. In the subject line, please include 1-2 of our focus areas. Example subject line: Internship Inquiry: Energy/Transportation

Our main areas of focus are:

  • Civic engagement
  • Sense of place
  • Energy
  • Transportation
  • Local agriculture
  • Local economy
  • Marketing/Communications

Please allow us a few weeks to get back to you.

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