Internships, Employment, and Volunteer Opportunities

Want to work for Nashville Grown? Take a gander at the list of opportunities below, and shoot an email to sarah.risley@nashvillegrown.org telling her which project or projects appeal to you and why you’d be awesome at them. Please include supporting materials, such as resumes, portfolios, web links to your writing, or academic writing samples.

By the way, we don’t believe in job descriptions, just job outcomes—we’re about accomplishing our mission, not about telling you what to do. So if you would like to propose a plan of action different than what’s spelled out below, we’d love to hear it when you apply!

NEW OPPORTUNITIES

Nashville Grown is on the hunt for a new On-Boarding and Operations manager.  The position will begin in the beginning of December and will include a monthly compensation. Time commitments will range from 8-10 hours a week, or less. We will accept applications on a rolling basis, but expect the position to be filled by the end of November/ early December. Once the position is filled it will be taken down from the website.

ABOUT INTERNSHIPS

Winter internships will run from early January until late May; time commitments vary with each internship opportunity. Internships are geared to work with an academic calendar and have a flexible schedule. Start and end dates are also flexible. We will accept applications on a rolling basis, but we expect positions to fill by early January. Positions will be taken down from this site as they are filled.

Please note that at this time, while the On-Boarding and Operations position is paid, internships positions are unpaid, but could lead to paid positions in late 2015. 

ABOUT VOLUNTEERING

Even if you’d like to devote just a few hours a week to Nashville Grown, we’d love to hear from you. The positions below were written with interns in mind, but can give you a sense of our needs and how you might be able to help—many of the listed activities in internship descriptions below could be done independently on a volunteer basis. Please send an email to sarah@nashvillegrown.org with your interests and qualifications.

If you are more interested in doing a one-time volunteer event, we do currently need assistance constructing new walk-in coolers, doing electric work, and setting up a greenhouse at our new warehouse--particularly if you have construction experience! 

ON-BOARDING AND OPERATIONS MANAGER

Goal: Oversee foodhub functions including: financial operations, facilitating orders and deliveries, assisting farmers in becoming foodhub members, and managing organization interns. Learn how to operate the back-end of a foodhub! 

Activities: Update the online marketplace with farmer listings and product photos. Inform restaurants of available and featured products Communicate orders to farmers and occasionally assist in order deliveries from farms to restaurants. Manage general ledger and distribute payments to farmers. Oversee budget and disbursement of grant funds. Assist farmers in becoming foodhub members by walking them through the on-boarding process, writing farmer bios, and updating their information on the website. Facilitate relationships between restaurants and farmers through production planning meetings for next year, helping to build the local food system and establish consistent wholesale buyers for farmers and reliable products for restaurants. Uphold and enhance the current Nashville Grown branding system in order to acknowledge restaurants that are already supporting local food, while inspiring others to take part. Respond to inquiries regarding the foodhub and other media/public interactions. 

Time Commitment: We estimate that this position will require about 10 hours/ week. Applicant must be available Mondays and Wednesdays from 12-2 p.m. in order to update product listings on website, and in the evenings to distribute orders.  

Qualifications: Strong management, communication, and writing skills, extremely self-motivated and organized, experience in account management, attentive to details, a people person, passionate about the local food system, and experienced with Microsoft Office, Corecommerce, and Squarespace.

 


FARM MEDIA AND STORYTELLING INTERNSHIP

Goal:  Raise awareness of Nashville Grown and call public attention to the needs of the local food system by growing our presence on Facebook, Twitter, and any other platforms you deem important (Instagram? Tumblr? YouTube?). Create media narratives (audio, photo, and/or film) about the lives and experiences of farmers in the middle Tennessee area and use social media platforms to share their stories!

Activities: Post general updates and interact with followers on social media platforms. Monitor and report on page visits, retweets, likes, and other metrics. Visit local farms and help conduct audio interviews and photo essays about farmers’ histories, experiences farming, challenges, and hopes for the future of farming in this area. Edit content into audiovisual slideshows and blog posts, and publicize widely. Additional potential content could include before/after shots of crops taken on the farm and then on the restaurant’s plate, updates about local farmers markets, food hub-related news stories from around the world, and menu specials featuring locally grown food.  

Qualifications: Excellent writing skills, a knack for crafting eye-catching yet substantive social media posts, and a passion for local food systems. For the farm audiovisual narrative work, photography and/or audio editing experience is required, and experience with conducting oral histories or podcasting is a plus.