2019 MEVO Spring Farm Crew Job Description 


MEVO (Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization) is recruiting hard-working college students for the 2019 Spring Farm Crew. This internship is designed for someone who wants to gain skills to lead a more sustainable empowered life, learn how to start the season on a small-scale farm, be an activist throughout their local community, and make a difference in creating a better future. We are looking for people who are passionate, friendly, independent thinkers who want hands-on skills in the environmental and sustainable agriculture fields. This seasonal crew is a learning experience that shows you how to implement community farming on a local level, what goes into managing a not-for-profit organization and educational programs, and how to operate as an activist throughout the local community to make real social change. Through hands on experiential work you will be introduced to farming, beekeeping, pollution remediation, not-for-profit management, and career opportunities in the environmental field.   

Work 

You will work closely with a tight knit group of staff, volunteers, and fellow interns to carry out environmental sustainability projects throughout the northern New Jersey region: 

  1. Maintaining the MEVO Fresh Roots Farm, a two-acre sustainable farm at Campgaw Mountain Reservation in Mahwah, New Jersey and helping to construct MEVO’s new Lovewell Farm in Mahwah, NJ. Farm work will include: construction projects around the farm, starting seedlings in our greenhouse, preparing seed beds, planting, weeding and cultivating, managing compost piles, pest management, and so much more. Our crew will manage the day to day farm tasks, help construct our new farm, and teach community education programs. This is where you will spend most of your time with us.

  2. In partnership with the Ramapough Lunaape Nation, MEVO organizes community members to clean up illegal trash dumping on Stag Hill in Mahwah, New Jersey. You may participate in some of our trash clean-ups this semester. This means setting an example for volunteers in work ethic and providing guidance and direction for volunteers when needed.

  3. Working behind the scenes with the MEVO staff completing administrative tasks. This will include volunteer event planning, organizing fundraisers, corresponding with other organizations, and grassroots community organizing. You will gain an understanding of the inner workings of a not-for-profit organization. 



Training & Education

Interns will be required to participate in two days of environmental training Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 24th as well as receive intensive on the job training. This training will cover topics such as: sustainable farming, beekeeping, leadership, public speaking, community organizing, volunteer management, farm management systems, task delegation, and much more. 

Spring Farm Crew Details 

Title: Farm Crew Member

Start Date: Friday, March 1st  

End Date: Tuesday, May 7th 

Days for the Internship: Two days a week. Available Days: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.  One required Saturday: April 20, 2019 crew members will substitute out one day this week.

Work Hours: 9am – 5pm

Training: Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 24th 

Pay: Unpaid


Responsibilities

  1. Physical volunteering and getting dirty: MEVO’s volunteer work is tiring and you need to be in good physical shape and willing to work hard. You will spend A LOT of your time outdoors on the farm in the heat and mud, rain or shine!

  2. Public speaking and making decisions: We want you to end your internship with the ability to be a leader and get people involved. This means that you will speak in front of groups of people of all ages and be asked to make difficult decisions, at times with little guidance.

  3. Teaching and Volunteer Management: Every Farm Crew member will work with school groups, disabled adult groups, and more to teach about sustainability and growing food. You have to be willing to teach, develop curriculum, and have patience with your students. You also need to be energized to excite both students and volunteers about what you have to teach, through more structured education as well as physical labor. 

  4. Willingness to get the job done: Some days we work late to finish the task at hand or have to get to the farm early in order to get our projects accomplished. We will be there and your fellow interns will be there and we need you there, fully present.

Requirements

  1. Mode of transportation: We operate throughout northern New Jersey which means that at times, we will be traveling to different locations. You will need a way to get to our meet up location at Campgaw Mountain Reservation in Mahwah, NJ. We carpool most days so you will either be driving in the carpool or carpooling in someone else’s ride. 

  2. Attendance: You are required to be at every day of our internship. 

  3. Working Laptop: Our office work requires that you have a laptop that you can bring to do office work on select occasions.

  4. Training: You must be able to attend all days of training so plan accordingly. 


A Glimpse of MEVO

MEVO is an environmental not-for-profit organization based in Northern New Jersey. We are led entirely by young people: college and graduate students as well as young spirited adults. MEVO works throughout the region on a variety of volunteer environmental projects ranging from trash clean-ups to organic farming, building low-impact hiking trails, and teaching people about local beekeeping. Since MEVO was founded in June 2008, the organization has mobilized and engaged over 7,000 volunteers contributing over 60,000 hours of volunteer work to Northern New Jersey and lower New York state communities. MEVO is well known for its work in partnership with the Ramapough Lunaape Nation with whom they have collectively led clean-up efforts for the removal of over 520,000 lbs of pollution and trash. This trash has been and continues to be illegally dumped in the forests surrounding the homes of the residents living in the Stag Hill community in Mahwah, New Jersey. In addition, MEVO builds and manages sustainable farms which provide educational programs about the importance of clean, healthy, and sustainably grown food. For all of this work, MEVO was declared a 2014 New Jersey Hero and received the 2014 National Jefferson Award for Public Service as well as many other honors.

How to apply

Send your resume and cover letter to Eric J. Fuchs-Stengel at ericjfs@mevoearth.org and CC isabel@mevoearth.org. If you would like to introduce yourself before submitting your information or if you want to ask any questions, you may also contact Eric by cell phone at 201-316-4888.