Organization: Lowcountry Local First

Term: Part-time and flexible. Ideal term length June-September 2017.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Start Date: Flexible start date of June 26, 2017

Lowcountry Local First (LLF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds community support for local independent businesses and farmers by working with businesses, consumers and policymakers. From business services to hospitality to creative to farms, LLF has a membership base of more than 500 companies ranging from sole-proprietorships up to 250+ employees. Our work includes Good Business and Good Farming.

LLF’s Good Farming endeavors provide the resources, training, and consumer education necessary for local, independent farms to thrive in South Carolina. Our work in sustainable agriculture grows and supports local food systems by connecting existing and new farmers with each other and providing access to local restaurants, grocers and community members. This work includes the Growing New Farmers Program, farm support and consulting, and an Eat Local Month public campaign. LLF also works collaboratively with many organizations that provide direct farm services for farms at all stages of their operation through a regional listserv and networking and training opportunities.

We’re looking for someone who’s smart, responsible, fun, creative, and a self-starter that works well in a fast-paced environment to assist both the Growing New Farmers Program Manager and Director of Marketing & Communications.

Internship Responsibilities
The Intern will contribute to:

  • Communications including blog posts, social media, and website updates (WordPress platform).
  • Documenting the program (photography)
  • Program administration
  • Mentor farmer outreach
  • Data collection and entry
  • Additional tasks as needed and/or aligned with Intern strengths and interests

Skills and Qualifications
The Intern will exhibit most or all of the following qualities:

  • Strong interest in the local food system.
  • An appreciation for the natural environment, land stewardship, and farming and/or gardening.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and an energy that attracts others. Intern must be able to communicate effectively and professionally, and be comfortable reaching out via email, phone, and in-person to represent Lowcountry Local First.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Self-motivated, self-regulated, and reliable.
  • Extraordinary attention for detail and organization.
  • Strong computer skills required, including Microsoft Office and Google Apps. Student must be proficient in Microsoft Excel. WordPress capabilities preferred, but training can be offered.
  • Ability to appropriately and effectively represent the organization on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

Schedule & Other

  • Intern will report to the Director of Sustainable Agriculture through September 2017.
  • Flexible part-time schedule of 10-20 hours / typically falling Monday through Friday, between 9am to 5pm, with occasional special events on weekday evenings and/or weekends (no more than 2/ month)
  • Option to attend Wednesday classes, 8:30 am-12:30 pm, including field work at our teaching plot.
  • Internship for school credit encouraged, but not required.
  • This is an unpaid position.
  • Project-based internships are encouraged and can be negotiated at the start of the term
  • Must provide personal transportation
  • Must provide own laptop/computer

Benefits

  • Gain valuable nonprofit experience with an organization named 2012 and 2013 Best Local Cause by Charleston City Paper, recognized as Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s “Institution of the Year” in 2014, listed in Food Tank’s Good Food Organization Guide in 2015, awarded as the Charleston Soil and Water Conservation District’s 2017 Conservationist of the Year, and named 2017 and 2015 Small Business Ally of the Year by the SC Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • Work with a great team of professionals. Meet the LLF crew.
  • Work in Local Works, a space described an “open, beautiful, vibrant space designed to bring local entrepreneurs together,” by Charleston City Paper along with spending field work days at Middleton Place USDA Certified Organic Farm.
  • Meet and interact with LLF mentor farmers, industry professionals, local food systems leaders, and Local Works coworkers.

Location
Internship will be located at the Lowcountry Local First office and Local Works coworking space at 1630-2 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29405 on the Upper Peninsula, with the exception of field work days held on Wednesdays at Middleton Place USDA Certified Organic Farm.

To Apply
Email cover letter and resume to Brian Wheat, Director of Sustainable Agriculture, at brian@lowcountrylocalfirst.org with “Eat Local Intern – Your Name” in subject heading. Please send PDF files only (no Word docs, please). Feel free to share your LinkedIn, Twitter, blog, a video – whatever lets us know who you are and what you’re all about. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

LLF is an equal opportunity provider and employer

Brian Wheat
Growing New Farmers Program Manager
Director of Sustainable Agriculture