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2016 Cornercopia Student Organic Farm Internships

All Internships (Research & UMSOF Positions)
Working hours on the student organic farm are typically 8 am (or earlier) until 3 or 4pm M-F. Weekend and evening hours can be put in but not exclusively. Weekly group intern meetings and field walks will be held so that everyone understands the goals for the week. There is a fair amount of overlap with duties between all interns. Non-market managers will help out at the farmer’s market. Everyone will help plant, weed, harvest and process crops.

Marketing Manager Position
The sales/marketing manager is responsible for the marketing activities focusing on product, pricing, promotion and placement. Duties may include but are not limited to:

*Coordinating harvesting and post-harvest processing
*Taking inventory pre- and post-market
*Coordinating the market stand
*Ability to project/determine the demands & needs of the market
*Website, facebook and email updates
*Various record-keeping

This position is typically 15-30 hours a week Mid May through September. Often Cornercopia hires two marketing managers which share the responsibilities for both Minneapolis and St. Paul market stands. Cornercopia Student Organic Farm has established markets that this position would follow up with in addition to exploring new options. Both market stands are currently on Wednesdays (11-2 in MPLS, 3-5 in St. Paul).

Volunteer Coordinator Position
Volunteers are an essential part of our labor strategy on the farm and we have lots of interest from all types of people in volunteering on the student organic farm. Recruiting and communicating with volunteers and utilizing them effectively is the motive behind this position. In past years we have organized a number of crop mob volunteer days which were highly successful (20-30 people gathering to volunteer on a weekend day for bigger projects, lunch provided). The Volunteer Coordinator would be encouraged to continue organizing crop mobs and other such events. This has typically been a 20-25 hour a week position Mid May through September. In 2015 we are planning on hosting several UDS crop mobs and working on partnering with master gardeners for volunteering opportunities as well.

Duties include:
*Recruitment of volunteers
*Schedule dates & times for volunteer workers
*Assignment of tasks to volunteers as needed

Outreach Coordinator
An important component of the mission of the Student Organic Farm is reaching out to our surrounding community to develop relationships that benefit the University community and our neighbors. The intern filling this position will both work on the Student Organic Farm becoming familiar with all farm operations and perform outreach activities on the farm and potentially in the community. About half of the time will be spent in day to day farm operations, and half of the time on developing other community outreach connections. In the past Cornercopia has conducted outreach activities to a wide range of audiences everyone from elementary age school groups through middle and high school groups, incoming freshmen, and college students, to alumni and the general public. This position is typically 15-20 hours a week Mid May through September.

Food Safety & Composting Coordinator
Overseeing the implementation of Cornercopia’s food safety plan is the primary duty of this position. Tracking the onsite composting process is also a responsibility of this position. Both of these tasks are fairly simple but require attention to detail as record keeping is involved. An in-depth orientation will be provided for the food safety and composting aspects. This position is typically 15-20 hours / week and goes mid-May through September.

Weed Management Intern
Weed Management is part of every intern’s job on the farm but this internship will focus on weed management utilizing tractors and mowers. This intern will receive training to safely run and operate various tractors. Primarily the farm’s walk behind tractor but others as well as needed to help with day to day operations that include rototilling or power harrowing areas for bed prep or cultivating for weed control. Other tasks will include: hitching and unhitching implements safely and efficiently; checking and maintaining fluids in our equipment; reporting breakdowns and disrepair immediately to staff; keeping daily records on labor and equipment use; and regular creative problem solving. This position will be 15-20 hours / week Mid May- October.

Ginger Research Intern:
Ginger and Turmeric are Tropical crops that are usually grown in Hawaii, a few adventurous farmers having been trying to grow them in High Tunnels in Minnesota with some success. Farms typically have limited high tunnel space, which is prime real estate for other crops. In 2016 & 2017 Cornercopia Student Organic Farm is participating in a study to grow Ginger and Turmeric both in high tunnels and in field conditions with a few innovative ideas to grow it outside the high tunnel in low tunnels.
We are looking for students interested in helping with this innovated research project. Students will plant, collect data, help manage the plots and have additional opportunities to help with other aspects of the farms. This position will be 15-20 hours/ week and goes from Mid-May – through the beginning of October

Livestock Interns: 
For the past several seasons we have been slowly refining the process we use for raising broiler chickens on pasture at Cornercopia. In 2016 our normal meat processing location (The Andrew Boss Meat Lab) will be closed for remodeling. At this point we are open to student interest for what livestock we will raise- could be broiler chickens, lambs or pigs. Currently we have infrastructure for broilers, other options would have to be developed. The intern can be experienced raising birds or other animals, or have a desire to learn about raising livestock in a pasture setting. Wayne Martin, Alternative Livestock Specialist with Extension is the adviser for this project. This position is typically 15-20 hours/ week and goes Mid- May through September- some weekend shifts are requested. 

To apply for any of the above listed positions:
Fill out and return Student Application Form to MISA office (413 Hayes Hall in person drop off or mail to 411 Borlaug Hall) or submit via email to tchi0003@umn.edu
Additional questions can be sent to Courtney Tchida at tchi0003@umn.edu

Applications received by April 8th 2016 at 4:00pm will be given priority.  


Cornercopia U of M Student Farm Intern Application                                     Date Received:
Applications received by April 8th will be given priority, drop off in 413 Hayes (MISA Office) or 411 Borlaug Hall (mailing address for MISA office) or email to tchi0003@umn.edu  

Position Seeking (check all that you are interested in)
 Sales and Marketing Manager
 Volunteer Coordinator
 Outreach Coordinator
 Food Safety & Compost Coordinator
 Weed Management Intern
 Ginger Research Intern
 Livestock Intern  
 Research Intern (additional application to either UROP or Johnson Internship program required)

Student Information

            Your Name:______________________________________________________________
            Degree Program & Year : (indicate if you are a non-degree student)_________________
            Anticipated Date of Graduation: ____________________ Student ID: _______________
            Email Address:  __________________________________________________________
            Street Address:  __________________________________________________________
                                      _________________________________________________________
            Phone Number: ________________________Is this a cell phone number?____________
Do you have other summer commitments that need to be considered (other jobs, lengthy vacations? ______________________________________________________________

1. Describe your previous garden or farm experience.









2. Describe any related course work you have previously taken.








3. Describe any previous record keeping experience you have.









4. In terms of your professional development, what are your expectations for this internship?










5. Describe any previous management experience you have.









6. Describe any previous experience you have specific to the position you are applying for marketing, volunteer coordinator, outreach, etc.









7. Are you seeking Credit or Pay (typical wage is $10/ hr) for this internship? 

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