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Please see below for the following internships:

  • Graduate Student Garden Educator, Edible Campus Program Student Farm
  • Calfresh, Food Security, and Basic Needs Advocate
  • Communications Lead for Calfresh and Basic Needs Team 

Graduate Student Garden Educator, Edible Campus Program ($21/hr. 9 hrs a week)

The Edible Campus Program seeks one graduate student who can develop workshops, hand-on activities, tours, and other educational activities for the Edible Campus Program Student Farm. There is an enormous amount of curriculum available and so this person will be primarily collecting and curating lesson plans, adapting those lesson plans to local needs, and teaching other interns how to present those lesson plans. We are interested in education on sustainable and localized food systems, basic gardening practices, food justice, civic engagement, science in the garden, etc. The graduate student will also work with instructors at the Orfalea Family Children's Center to inspire them to engage in garden and farm based curriculum. The selected student will develop workshops for both early childhood education and college aged students.

A successful candidate will have some experience in gardening or agriculture, will be comfortable presenting at workshops of 20 or more individuals, and is very organized.

We are looking for driven students that when they identify a challenge are not discouraged, but instead look for creative solutions. The student selected will be able to learn on the job and be comfortable with one-on-one training as tasks arise. This internship will not start with a standard set of trainings or any detailed instructions of exactly how to approach the position. This is a new program and much of what we are doing is being crafted as we go. The student selected will meet with a professional staff mentor at a minimum once a week and will also have the opportunity to have additional mentorship time as needed throughout the week. In addition to these training opportunities, the student will be collaborating with several professional staff on different aspects of the project and will gain exposure to a professional work environment and a variety of mentors. We are looking for a student who can be professional in written and verbal communications, excels in collaborative work environments, and can resolve conflicts in a respectful manner.

Some additional minimum requirements include that the student must be a currently enrolled UCSB graduate student and available to work Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters of this coming year. We offer preference to work study students but do not require work study for this position.

If you are a Monarch Scholar, please contact us directly for similar opportunities at kcmaynard@ucsb.edu.

This position is 9 hrs a week.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and fall class schedule to:   internshipsucsbsustainability@gmail.com by October 18th, 2019. If you need help developing a resume or cover letter, UCSB Career Services can help!

Calfresh, Food Security, and Basic Needs Advocate ($14 per hour)


The Calfresh, Food Security, and Basic Needs Advocates  (1) assist UCSB students with the CalFresh application process so students can receive monthly food benefits (up to $194 per month), (2) connect students to the broad variety of basic needs resources that UCSB and the local community have to offer including food, financial, and housing resources, and (3) conduct outreach to promote these resources. Our team of advocates are motivated, engaged, outgoing, friendly, and empathetic. Learn more about us at food.ucsb.edu
 
Submit your cover letter and resume to melissafontaine@ucsb.edu by Sunday February 23.
 
Pay Rate: $14 per hourly
 
Hours per week:
Spring Quarter is 10 hours per week. 
Summer is 10-15 hours per week.
Fall Quarter is 12-18 hours per week. All quarters includes days, and some nights and weekends 
 
Reports to: Food Security Coordinator, Geography Department
 
Duties and responsibilities:
  • Assist UCSB students with Calfresh Application 
  • Comply with all mandates and regulations pertaining to Calfresh enrollment 
  • Pre-screen potential applicants and assist with the entire application process 
  • Follow up with applicants and referrals through case-follow up procedure
  • When necessary, politely advocate on the client’s behalf with the Department of Social Services
  • Shine at outreach events including: 
  • Enrollment parties
  • Bike riding with bike trailer with sign 
  • Tabling at the Arbor or other locations around campus
  • Class presentations
  • Door-to-door campaign in Isla Vista 
  • Other opportunities as they arise
  • Prepare materials as necessary for events and outreach 
  • Track outreach activities including number of interactions, and report in a timely manner
  • Serve as liasion to student groups, such as Graduate students, Disabled Students Program, Undocumented Students, and/or other priority group.
 
Skills, education and experience 
  • Work study is required 
  • Self-discipline, self-motivator
  • Working on a team & independently
  • Empathetic and caring
  • Sensitive to needs of diverse community
  • Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality regarding client information
  • Strong organization, written and oral communication skills.
 
Timeline for position: 
  • Applications are due Sunday February 23. 
  • Weeks 8-9 of Winter Quarter: Interviews
  • Finals Week: Announce positions
  • Spring Quarter: New advocates shadow, train, and do outreach. 
  • Summer Session A: Optional
  • Summer Session B: Required
  • Academic Year 2020-2021: Required
 
Please answer these questions in your cover letter: 
Why do you think you would be a good Calfresh Advocate?
Are you eligible for work-study? Work study is required for this position. 
Will you be here for Summer Session B? Session B is required.
Do you plan to be on campus for Academic Year 2020-2021? Or do you plan to study abroad? Fall is required. Other quarters are negotiable. 
 
Thank you for thinking about joining the team! We look forward to receiving your application materials..

Communications Lead for Calfresh and Basic Needs Team ($14 per hour)


The role of the Communications Lead for the Calfresh and Basic Needs Team is to plan and execute all outreach for the Calfresh and Basic Needs Team, as described below. The ideal candidate is self-motivated, organized, engaged, outgoing, and  friendly. Learn more about us at food.ucsb.edu


Submit your cover letter and resume to melissafontaine@ucsb.edu by Monday February 24, 2020 at 9am. 


Pay Rate: $14 per hourly

Hours per week: Spring Quarter is 10 hours per week.  Summer is 10-15 hours per week. Fall Quarter is 12-18 hours per week. Includes days, and some nights and weekends 


Reports to: Food Security Coordinator, Geography Department

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Develop content 

  • Plan logistics, execute, and report on all outreach campaigns, including: 


  • Prepare materials as necessary for events and outreach 

  • Track and report on outreach activities including number of interactions, and report in a timely manner

  • Serve as liasion to student groups, such as EOP, Graduate students, Disabled Students Program, Undocumented Students, and/or other priority group.


Skills, education and experience 

  • Work study is required 

  • Excellent communication (writing, public speaking, interpersonal, etc.) and customer service skills

  • Self-discipline, self-motivator

  • Comfortable with Canva and Google Drive

  • Sensitive to needs of diverse community

  • Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality regarding client information

  • Adhere to UC/UCSB social media and electronic communications policies

  • Update the food.ucsb.edu website regularly 

  • Comply with fair use, copyright, and other related media laws


Timeline for position: 

  • Applications are due Monday February 24 (Monday of Week 8). 

  • Weeks 8-9: Interviews

  • Week 10: Announce positions

  • Spring Quarter:  New hires start. New advocates shadow, train, and do outreach. 

  • Summer Session A: Optional

  • Summer Session B: Required

  • Academic Year 2020-2021: Required


Please answer these questions: 

Are you eligible for work-study? Work study is required for this position. 

Will you be here for Summer Session B? Session B is required. 

Do you plan to be on campus for Academic Year 2020-2021? Or do you plan to study abroad? Fall is required. Other quarters are negotiable. 


Thank you for applying! We look forward to receiving your application materials.