Knoll Intern

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Knoll Intern


Environmental Affairs


Level C (Specialist)

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Mission of the Program:
The Knoll’s mission is to explore food as a medium to cultivate well-being in people, place, and the planet. In doing so, our work begins with understanding and dismantling oppression, with particular attention to the racism, land theft, cultural erasure, and colonial supremacy that built our food system and remain at the fore. We commit to creating access for people who have been barred access from the freedom to choose whether, and how, to engage with agriculture and the land. We aim to broaden understanding of the political, historical, and cultural frameworks and hegemonies, including white supremacy, that have built our predominant narratives and understandings of the food system and our landscape. These are some of our aspirational goals; we recognize limitations of the site and our programs (e.g., the Knoll is not an ADA accessible site and the college lacks a formal land acknowledgment) and how they frame participation. We hold it as our active responsibility to address them in our ever-evolving maintenance of the Knoll as a place for students and the community. Step into this ongoing evolution with us.

The Knoll is comprised of the Educational Garden, the Outdoor Kitchen and the Serenity Garden. The Educational Garden’s 1 acre grows diversified vegetables and fruits and supports student and faculty research. We aim to test theories and develop techniques that move us toward sustainability, regeneration, and resilience.

Time commitment: Knoll Interns work 6-12 hours/week beginning spring 2020 and continuing through the fall 2021 garden season. Interested interns will be offered the opportunity to continue in their role through winter term. At the outset of each semester, we will co-create a regular weekly schedule to match intern availability with Garden Volunteer Hours and to arrange a weekly cohort meeting. The typical Garden Volunteer season runs from early April into the exam period, and from the start of fall classes to early November. Due to weather and the season’s needs, shifts may occasionally be canceled or hours may vary. In addition to our weekly shift schedule, Knoll Interns will also support occasional evening and weekend events. The spring/fall internship could also potentially slide into a full-time summer internship.

General Responsibilities: Interns join in the yearly cycle of food production and regeneration and play an important role in program development and direction. Interns will help maintain and develop the gardens, outdoor kitchen, and serenity garden, including aspects of market gardening and sales. Interns serve to welcome visitors and groups, and they play an important role in establishing a welcoming learning environment for peers and visitors. They also serve to introduce the site and our mission. Should Pizza Oven use be permissible with COVID guidelines, they will also receive training to use the pizza oven to co-host events sponsored by campus partners. We will tend to follow the seasonal flow of work which shapes how our time is shared; interns can expect that the role involves a mix of guiding peers for in-person, hands-on earth work and program development work (which may take place remotely or independently outside of our time together). Interns will also have the opportunity to continue with independent and remote program development work after the garden closes in the fall and into the winter term. Areas of program development may include knoll expansion, event management, and anti-racist practice and program development.

On-site responsibilities:
• Serve as stewards who welcome visitors and volunteers to the Knoll, facilitating Volunteer Hours and events hosted at the Knoll.
• Participate in and advance our anti-oppression work.
• With support of the Food & Garden Educator, carry out all aspects of managing the Educational Garden, including soil preparation, bed building, sowing, transplanting, cultivating, harvesting, and sales.
• Collaborate with staff at Middlebury Dining Services, Anderson Freeman Resource Center, Weybridge House, Dolci, Franklin Environmental Center and other campus partners.
• Through partnership with HOPE and other community partnerships, contribute to community partnerships.
• In addition to regularly-scheduled hours: support events by managing the pizza oven and grounds, as needed.
• Attend MCOF (student org) meetings during the academic year to act as a liaison.
• Participate in faculty or student research programs at The Knoll, as needed.
• Maintain tools, equipment, and overall site.
• Follow and demonstrate safety procedures for all workers and volunteers, including COVID-19 safety protocols.
• Participate in a weekly planning meeting with other interns.
• Participate, as needed, in a rotating weekend greenhouse/garden watering schedule.
• Perform other duties as mutually agreed upon.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Prior farming or gardening experience is not expected or required. Successful candidates will demonstrate curiosity and enthusiasm for learning about all aspects of a sustainably-managed garden and the mission of the Knoll.
• Willingness and ability to perform varying physical tasks in most weather conditions. Garden labor can, at times, be strenuous, repetitive, and physically demanding. We acknowledge that this role can have physically taxing elements and will work together to craft daily plans which strive to adapt to the garden’s and our needs.
• Willingness and ability to welcome and help orient visitors as a part of a team.
• Willingness and ability to actively craft an open and affirming space for individuals historically underrepresented in Knoll programming.
• Willingness to observe and uphold compliance with state and College expectations around COVID-19 safety.
• Please note, the Knoll is not currently an ADA-accessible site.

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Middlebury, VT Campus

Is this an academic year or summer position?:

Academic Year

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please submit your application via the google form available at go/knollinternapplication.

Please note, in applying for the academic year internship, we typically require that applicants commit to being in-person, on campus for both spring and fall semesters. For example, seniors in their final semester would be excluded from consideration. Now it not a typical time, but please complete the application to the best of your ability.

We will hold a virtual information session to help answer questions and share more about the internship and the Knoll. This will be held Wednesday, 1/27 from 7:30-8:30pm EDT.

Please direct questions to [email protected]

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Posted: 1/20/2021
Application Due: 2/27/2021
Work Type: Full Time