Temporary Agricultural Apprenticeship

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The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) in partnership with Robeson Community College and the University of North Carolina Pembroke is seeking highly-motivated students and/or young adults interested in pursuing careers in agriculture, agricultural business or food systems to participate in a hands-on apprenticeship program. Apprentice appointments are for approximately 1 year.

We encourage you to reach out to either Angel Cruz ([email protected]) or Ed Hunt ([email protected]) to hear more about the apprenticeship and ask any questions you may have to discern if this is a good fit for you.

Brief Program Overview
During the program, the apprentice will have the opportunity to:

  • Receive hands-on training and education in sustainable food production with mentorship from food and agricultural leaders of the Lumbee community in Robeson County, NC
  • Participate in monthly professional development trainings related to food systems and farming work
  • Network with other apprentices and food and farm businesses within the field of sustainable food production
  • Partake in a four-day farm tour across NC
  • Assist Lumbee-owned businesses with supporting local food systems in Robeson County, NC
  • Duties may include food production, website assistance, social media, business or logistics planning depending on applicants interest and the needs of the business

Internship Duration and Work Environment
Apprentices have an anticipated start date of April or May 2021. This apprenticeship will last approximately 1 year (not including holiday weeks) for 20 hrs a week.
Apprentices will work on local Lumbee-owned food and farm businesses in Robeson County, NC.

Work Schedule
Monday – Friday, Hours can be scheduled directly with the mentor and the apprentice during their normal hours of business in coordination with student(s) schedule. Approximately 20 hours per week. Applicants must be able to commit at least 20 hours per week to the apprenticeship

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Temporary Agricultural Apprenticeship

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Minimum Experience/Education:

-High School Diploma or equivalent and currently living in and around Robeson County, NC

Department Required Skills:

-Enthusiasm for local food production and respect for farmers and producers from diverse rural communities
-Must attend an orientation and farm tour the last week of May
-Ability to work in all weather conditions
-Ability to lift at least 40 pounds
-An interest in pursuing careers in sustainable food production and learning about local food systems
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills
-Must be flexible and open to working with mentors, producers, community members, CEFS staff, university/college faculty, Extension Agents and other organizations.

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education:

-Experience with sustainable food production and knowledge of farm equipment

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-Valid Driver’s License

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NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at www.wes.org or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

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Posted: 2/19/2021
Application Due: 5/20/2021
Work Type: Full Time