[Sust-mar] Intntl. Internship, Organic Agriculture Educator: Canada and Mexico, Apr 10 deadline

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Fri Mar 9 11:55:00 EST 2007

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Position: Organic Agriculture Educator: Canada and Mexico
Organization: Centro de Investigaciones Economicas, Sociales y
Tecnologicas sobre la Agroindustria y la Agricultura Mundial CIESTAAM.

Please see our website http://www.fallsbrookcentre.ca 
for more details on our organization.

Date posted to GoodWorkCanada.ca: Mar 8, 2007
Application deadline: Apr 10, 2007
Start date: May 21, 2007
Location: Canada and Mexico

1. Application Details
2. Description of Internships
3. Prerequisites and General Qualifications
4. General Activities and Information for all internships
5. What you should expect
6. Internship Postings


To apply, please send all applications by email:

C/o Daniel Ruiz Sandoval, International Intern Coordinator

Email: daniel at fallsbrookcentre.ca

Applications will only be accepted by e-mail. Applicants should
electronically provide a cover letter, indicating the position(s) in which
they are interested and highlighting their qualifications for this
position, along with a resume and 2 references. Please indicate
in your cover letter your earliest possible start date.

While Falls Brook Centre appreciates all applications, only those
candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. If you have not
been contacted within one month of application deadline please assume that
we have chosen other candidates for this round of

Deadline: April 10, 2007.


These youth internships have been made available through the Canadian
International Development Agency International Youth Internship
Program which is part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment
Strategy Program (YES). The goal of this project is to give young
Canadians international work experience and to develop skills in the
fields of international relations and sustainable development.
Successful applicants will start and finish their work experience in
rural New Brunswick at Falls Brook Centre. These positions require
determined, self-starting individuals who are willing to work in a
team and under difficult conditions and unpredictable circumstances.
The successful applicant will be given a moderate financial stipend to
cover living expenses and a unique opportunity to gain experience in
an international environment.


- Be aged 30 or under;
- Be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants able to work in Canada;
- Be currently under or unemployed;
- Have not previously worked outside Canada in a paid, career-related
- Be a graduate of a college or university; and,
- Have not previously participated in another Internship Program funded by
the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES)

General Qualifications for all Internships:
- Proven ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment as
well as unsupervised under stressful conditions with minimal resources
and achieve results;
- Ability to learn quickly and on your own initiative, a highly
motivated self-starter; Creative problem solving and lateral thinking
- Understanding and experience in working on sustainability and
environmental issues;
- Proven computer skills including Word, e-mail, and internet.
- Initiative to create own projects during gaps between assigned
- Must be available to travel and work on a few evenings and week-ends;
- An ability to be flexible in new situations and to deal well with
- Excellent health and fitness;
- Some previous travel or overseas study experience would be a strong
- Ability to work in rustic conditions while in Canada
- Having a sense of humour is an asset, as is the ability to 'go with the


To ensure the cohesiveness of Falls Brook Centre staff and interns,
general activities for all interns at Falls Brook Centre include:

- Assisting in the maintenance of the Acadian Forest restoration

- Delivering tours of Falls Brook Centre to the public;

- General office duties, developing organizational skills;

- Maintaining various signed nature trails; and

- Assisting in the production of certified-organic food.

Work Schedule and Stipend:

* Falls Brook Centre: 12 weeks
* Work time overseas: 20 weeks
* Falls Brook Centre: 2 weeks

Please note: This schedule is very fluid and is subject to change,
(i.e., the intern may spend only 2 weeks at Falls Brook Centre before
travelling overseas, but the intern would spend the remaining 12 weeks
at Falls Brook Centre upon their return).

Stipend: $200 per week. EI and CPP contributions will be deducted
from the stipend.

Living Expenses: Please note you will be required to pay a weekly
room and board rental fee to Falls Brook Centre, if you choose to
live on-site. Accommodation Costs at Falls Brook Centre (includes a
basic, furnished room, heat, electricity, and water): May 1 -
September 15: $65/week, September 16 - April 30: $80/week

Food Expenses: All interns are part of the following food
structure. We live in a remote rural environment and try to supply as
much food as possible from our own organic gardens, further
supplemented by local organic products. This is part of our ongoing
effort to support a local, sustainable food system.
* All-You-Can-Eat organic gardens (vegetables, berries, herbs, flowers)
supplies access to on-site, in-season fresh organic produce. After the main
harvest, this also includes access to winter storage foods. Prices are
adjusted to seasonal availability: June 18 -- July 29 = $12/wk, July 30 --
Sept 30 = $15/wk, Oct 1 -- Dec 30 = $12/wk. All interns on site during this
timeframe are automatically a part of this system.
* $7/week for Whole Foods Co-op (WFC) (year-round). All interns are
automatically a part of this system while on-site at FBC. This supplies
weekly access to grains, pastas, flours, oils, nuts, peanut butter, laundry
detergent and dish soap, among other essential goods. Selection is subject
to availability.
* $8/meal for FBC optional lunches. These are offered about 1 day/week,
but you will be told in advance when they are available and have the option
to sign up for lunch on that day. Otherwise you are responsible for
bringing a prepared lunch to eat.
* Any food items not included in the organic gardens or WFC will be bought
by the intern.

Interns are also responsible for paying for all living expenses while
overseas. Costs will vary according to country and job location.
These internships cannot be seen as a money-making venture or salaried
position -- the stipend you receive is to help offset your costs of living
only. It is recommended that you have additional funds to provide yourself
with any entertainment, communication and extracurricular activities. In
return, you will be placed with a leading and highly respected organization
to gain valuable work experience and skills for your future employment
endeavours. If you have a student loan, it may be possible to defer payment
during the course of your internship but you should check that out in
advance before applying.

Supervision at Falls Brook Centre: Jean Arnold (Executive Director) and
Daniel Ruiz Sandoval (International Intern Co-ordinator). Interns will also
work closely with a Staff mentor who is the program coordinator for their
area of internship.

Work Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, although there may be
occasional evening and weekend work required.


This is neither a summer camp nor an exotic foreign placement. Falls Brook
Centre internships will suit some and not others. The internship will not
be easy; you can expect long hours with minimal financial compensation. The
value is really in what you can apply yourself to and what you take away
with you. Your job descriptions
may vary throughout your internship and you will be expected to "work to
task" based on the needs of FBC and your overseas host. In other words, you
can expect to perform many "menial" but fundamental tasks.
In so doing, you will be forming a critical part of what it takes to run a
non-profit organization.

You can also expect lots of job satisfaction, strong friendships and
the opportunity to work closely with a team in an international
setting. You also have the added benefit of working/living in an
exciting and innovative setting with like minded individuals. You will
be working with highly skilled, motivated non-governmental
organizations faced with challenging situations. You will be trained
in many aspects of being an effective environmental advocate and you
should expect to spend a very full eight months requiring time,
energy, productivity and a perspective willing to be challenged and

It is important that you are aware of these conditions before you
apply. On completing the internship, you will have solid, employable
skills training and have been engaged in planning your future job

Internships at Falls Brook Centre are designed to improve the
knowledge, skills, and experience of young professionals and to
increase their options for career choices after the internship. During
the internship, interns are exposed to a wide variety of people, and
training sessions, both in Canada and overseas. Work is conducted in
Canada and overseas to improve the intern's awareness of the linkages
between national and international issues, and to give interns
the opportunity to share and apply learned skills with overseas
partner organizations, and to equally learn from their partner
organizations own experience. Understanding the Canadian context is
very important for understanding and working within the international
context. For those candidates who are primarily interested in the
overseas component of the internship, we suggest that you look at
other organizations who have similar goals to your own. This will be
a critical factor in ensuring your overall satisfaction with your

Falls Brook is a very remote, rural environment. We try to "live
simply, so that others may simply live". You must have the ability to
feel comfortable with wood heat, spring water, lots of physical
outdoor labour (including cleaning outhouses on occasion!) and a rural
living experience.


Organic Agriculture Educator: Canada and Mexico
Location: Chapingo, Mexico.

Partner: Centro de Investigaciones Economicas, Sociales y Tecnologicas
sobre la Agroindustria y la Agricultura Mundial CIESTAAM.

Mandate: Research on economic social and technological problems of
agriculture worldwide. Generation of frontier knowledge in an
interdisciplinary way to serve the needs of rural society and urban low
income population.


In Canada:
A. Assume responsibilities related to the management of the FBC Community
Supported Agriculture.
B. Act as a resource person and facilitator in workshops and training
programs such as the Farmer Apprenticeship Program and the Organic
Agriculture Inspector Training Workshop.
C. Perform outreach activities in local schools and help develop global
education materials for the Global Classroom Initiative.

A. Research and teaching on international agricultural policy and global
B. Organize workshops for organic food certification; Design projects for
the establishment of new organic markets in Mexico.
C. Support the training program for organic inspectors; Elaboration of
guidelines for organic product processing and distribution in Mexican
organic markets.
D. Elaboration of social, economic and technological diagnostics for
organic producers participating in local markets.


* Working knowledge of Spanish required.
* Degree in education, rural development, international or community
development, environmental science/studies. Teachers' degree an asset.
* Good communication skills, experience working with youth and children,
theatre/drama experience, experience running education programs.
* French language would be an asset.
* Experience developing and leading environmental education programs
* Works well in a team environment but able to manage independent
* Knowledge of plant propagation or forest restoration would be an asset.

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