Internships

See our internships below. We look forward to viewing your application!

Affordable Housing Administrative Internship

Athens Land Trust Affordable Housing and Program serves the residents of Athens-Clarke County by providing affordable housing options for low-income residents, homebuyer education opportunities and neighborhood revitalization in the local area.

Athens Land Trust’s Housing Department is looking for an Administrative Intern for summer.

Candidates would ideally be pursuing a degree in a related field such as business, non-profit management, housing & consumer economics, social work etc. Preference will be given to those who are interested in affordable housing.  Candidates must be organized, proficient in using Microsoft Word & Microsoft Excel and possess excellent written & verbal communication skills. Athens Land Trust Interns must be comfortable working with diverse communities and should have a willingness to learn, be hardworking, flexible and positive.

Responsibilities: 

  • clerical work such as answering the telephone, filing, making copies, office errands etc.
  • data input
  • data management 
  • file organization
  • typing administrative documents 
  • supporting community outreach efforts

In addition to performing administrative duties interns will have the opportunity to learn about the operations of a non-profit organization and gain valuable real world office experience. While this is an unpaid position, interns will have the chance to develop new skills and give back to the local community.  This is a part time position (8 – 15 hrs/week). This internship will take place primarily in-person at our office on North Pope Street. To protect our staff, interns, and clients from the spread of COVID-19, we require cloth face coverings while inside the office.

If you are interested in this position please submit your resume and a brief bio to Chadsity Young, Director of Operations, at chadsity@athenslandtrust.org.

For additional information call (706)613-0122.

Farm Business and Communications Support Internship

Athens Land Trust’s Community Agriculture and Conservation Programs are looking for motivated, hard-working, and driven individuals to assist our efforts to develop farm businesses by providing vital information to new, beginning, under-served and socially disadvantaged farmers about USDA programs, NRCS programs, Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs, best business practices, financial management, and strategies for creating viable and stable agricultural
enterprises.

Position Type: Internship ~ 10-20hrs/week. Ideal candidates will have:

  • An interest or background in Agricultural Communication, Community Outreach, Business Development, Sustainable Agriculture, or another related field
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Social Media experience
    Familiarity with popular social media platforms
    The ability to work with diverse communities

Interns will assist with:

  • Education and outreach
  • Farm-Business Planning and Best Practices
  • Focusing on topics such as effective record-keeping strategies
  • Education in Sustainable Agricultural Practices, including topics such as crop rotation, Organic standards, IPM, etc.
  • Preparing and presenting Informational workshops for farmers and their families
  • Facilitating 1:1 consultations about the topics listed above
  • Creating social media content to advertise and market workshops to local farmers
  • Marketing and outreach to promote attendance at educational workshops
  • Assist in designing flyers and brochures, publishing advertisements in local
    newspapers, reaching out to local radio stations, and any other methods that will help increase workshop attendance.
  • Draft Farmer Outreach Newsletters

This is an unpaid internship opportunity. You will however receive extensive educational opportunities, real-world experience, and the satisfaction of greatly contributing to your local community! If you are interested in this position please submit your resume and a brief bio to Mallory O’Steen, Farmland Protection and Outreach Manager at mallory@athenslandtrust.org. For additional information call (706)613-0122.

West Broad Farmers Market: Marketing and Planning Internship 

Athens Land Trust’s West Broad Farmers Market is a community-driven, education-oriented, weekly farmers market that supports local economic development & community wellness. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, most market operations have been moved online to minimize contact and maintain social distancing measures. The market is open on Saturdays for drive-through pick-up from 11:30-1:30, with occasional in-person events. The Planning Intern (OPI) will have an integral part in helping reach new customers, increase vendor sales, and fulfill our mission related to community engagement & education.
 
We hope to find a marketing and planning intern interested in working with this summer or fall! Start and end dates are flexible.
 
Internship Goals
  • Appropriately communicate the mission, values, and goals of Athens Land Trust’s market to the greater community
  • Assist the Market Manager in planning events and weekly markets for the 2020 season
Job Responsibilities
  • Help plan activities for the market
  • Attend community outreach events to share information about the market. These events will be scheduled by the Market Manager. The purpose of these events will be to inform the community about the West Broad Market Garden, WBFM, vendor development programs and shopping incentives. Some outreach efforts will also focus on increasing the number of shoppers utilizing their SNAP benefits at WBFM. Please note: in-person outreach activities will be postponed or moved online due to the pandemic
  • Assist Market Manager with various projects for the 2020 market season, including the online market portal
  • Assist the Market and Communication Coordinator with social media strategies and help gather content for the West Broad Farmers Market’s social media accounts
 
Basic Qualifications
  • Live in Athens for summer or fall semester
  • Reliable and consistent transportation
  • Hard-working, self-motivated, and able to work independently as well as with others
  • Willing to learn, and able to learn quickly
  • Excellent verbal and oral communication skills
  • Familiarity with popular social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc.). Experience with social media/digital marketing is a plus
  • Able to work outside in all weather conditions, from rain to mid-summer heat
  • Have a specific interest in farmers markets, the local food movement, and/or nutrition/agricultural education
 
Conditions of Internship:
  • This internship is an unpaid, volunteer-based opportunity, on a 7-10hr/week basis.
  • Although interns are encouraged to create a consistent schedule, weekly schedules are flexible; interns will work with their supervisors to create their own schedules.
  • You are welcome (and encouraged!) to work from your home, coffee shop, etc. for projects that don’t require your presence on site. Part of this internship can be completed remotely due to the pandemic, with occasional Saturday hours at the farmers market.
  • You will turn in a time sheet every two weeks, detailing what tasks you worked on and accomplished during that period.

If you are interested in applying for this position, email the West Broad Farmers Market Manager, Ellie Adams, at ellie@athenslandtrust.org. Please include a brief bio and why you think you would be a great candidate.

Williams Farm Internship

Located just two miles from downtown Athens, the Williams Farm is an oasis in the city where Athens Land Trust staff, community members, and volunteers work together to steward the land and provide educational opportunities. The Williams Farm is the host site for the Williams Farm Incubator Program, which provides access to land, training and resources to beginning farmers belonging to groups whose members have historically been subject to racial or ethnic, prejudice. The goal of the program is to help these farmers hone their skills and develop independent sustainable farm businesses.

The Williams Farm is part of Athens Land Trust’s Community Agriculture Program, which is committed to neighborhood revitalization by developing a sustainable local food system in some of Athens’ most food insecure communities, strengthening the local economy and building unity and wellness at the community level.

What we are looking for:

We are looking for individuals who are interested in learning about how to make their community a better place by becoming a part of the local food movement. Applicants should have a willingness to learn, be hardworking, flexible, positive, and possess an interest in sustainable farming.

The Work:

Williams Farm interns will assist the Williams Farm staff in creating and maintaining production space so that incubator program participants will have an opportunity to succeed. This work will include: bed preparation, cover crop sowing & management, irrigation construction & repair, weed management, and management of perennials such as fruit trees & berry bushes.  Interns will also have the opportunity to assist incubator farmers in their farming endeavors.

Ideally, candidates will be able to commit to a two-month term of service.  Start dates, internship duration and weekly hours can be flexible according to the candidate’s schedule and the needs of the farm. Interns are asked to join us for at least 2 hours of farm work each week.

This is an unpaid internship opportunity. However, you will receive extensive educational opportunities, real-world experience and the satisfaction of contributing to your local community!

To apply for this position, please email Seth Nivens: seth@athenslandtrust.org.  Please include a brief bio and why you think you would be a great candidate.