Apprentices will have the opportunity to work with local food hubs, businesses and organizations and gain hands-on training related to local food systems and value chains work. The internship will be paid and some travel will be included. Each organization is looking for specific skills, but, overall, interns should have an interest in local food systems and agriculture, and should have some experience in agriculture, business or related field.
This is an eight-week program consisting of 40 hours per week. The expected salary is $12 per hour. The sites listed in apprenticeship focus on Manteo or Morehead City, but almost anywhere that NC Catch can identify a Catch-related mentor for the student will work including Ocracoke and mainland Hyde County.
Individuals applying must either be enrolled as a current college student or recently graduated (no more than one-year) in a program related to agriculture, agroecology, horticulture, soil science or agriculture extension/education
This position falls under the auspices of the North Carolina GrowingTogether (NCGT), which is a five-year (2013 to 2017) USDA-funded project. It aims to bring more locally-produced foods into mainstream retail and wholesale markets, strengthening the economics of small to mid-sized farm and fishing operations and their communities.
One of the main activities apprentice swill work on are the intermediary steps in the supply chain, including aggregation, processing and distribution, in order to understand and remove barriers that may prevent local foods from entering large-scale markets. will work to carry out this mission by working with their mentorship organizations.
The application deadline is Feb. 7.