Jobs and Internships
Internship Opportunities with the Carrboro Farmers’ Market!
Are you interested in food access and want some on-the-ground experience working with getting fresh local fruits and vegetables to people in our local community? The Carrboro Farmers’ Market is seeking a part-time Intern to assist with administration of the market’s SNAP (formerly food stamps), assist with youth programming and cooking classes, and assist with the day-to-day operations of the Market. The position is unpaid and part-time with a time commitment of roughly 8-12 hours per week. Responsibilities will include staffing the market’s SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) booth, as well as assisting with some of the following as needed: on-site set up and clean up, special events and on-site activities including youth programming, communicating with volunteers and farmers, among other tasks. The majority of intern duties occur on-site during Market hours, so we ask that the intern has availability during one or both market days: Wednesdays (3-6PM) and/or Saturdays (7:00AM-12:00PM). Qualified applicants will possess initiative and promptness, be able to work independently with minimal supervision, and be comfortable communicating with a broad range of community members and farmers.
The unpaid internship is a minimum of 3 months beginning immediately with the option for continuation into the winter months. This internship does not guarantee employment opportunities within the Market after the internship is completed.
More information about SNAP EBT:
SNAP, which stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is essentially the U.S. government’s new form of food stamps. SNAP recipients receive government assistance for food purchases through an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) to a personal card. In 1993 when food stamps were still paper coupons, $9.3 million of food stamps were spent at farmers markets around the nation. Since the switch from paper coupons to debit cards, farmers markets have had to figure out how to convert electronic funds on EBT cards into alternative currencies that SNAP recipients can spend like cash to buy items at farmers markets.
The Carrboro Farmers’ Market has accepted EBT since 2010, making healthy, local food available to low-income community members and increasing revenue for farmers. SNAP customers who shop at the CFM can easily exchange electronic funds for wooden tokens at the market’s Info Booth. SNAP customers are then able to buy food products and garden starts from any participating vendors. Token collection and vendor reimbursement occurs regularly.
More information about the Market’s Youth Programs:
Carrboro Cooks! Kids cooking classes take place during our Wednesday markets in June and again in the fall. Kids in the program learn fun, easy, healthy ways to prepare seasonal vegetables. They will cook, eat, shop, and play games at Market and will go home with a recipe and produce. Kids & their families are also invited to a farm field trip at the end of the program. There about 10-15 children in each class, and interns will assist students and the lead class teacher for the day.
We also have a Market Bunch Kids Club during markets all summer, where participating children stop by the kids club table to do a weekly educational activity to earn market bucks that they can use at Market. Interns assist in administering and planning weekly activities.
Interested applicants may send a resume and brief introductory letter to Market Manger LaShauna Austria at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to apply is April 13, 2017.