About VINES & Our Community
VINES is Binghamton, NY based organization committed to developing a just and sustainable food system through community gardening & urban agriculture. VINES’ programs serve a diverse population and we are committed to building a diverse staff to lead our programming and support our community.
Binghamton is an extremely affordable community to live in, has the benefits of an urban city center in close proximity to a beautiful rural landscape with a lot of outdoor activities, and was recently named “the fifth-best Northeast city to live in after the coronavirus pandemic”. Binghamton is home to Binghamton University and is located in the Southern Tier of New York, along the border of PA and is 3.5 hours to NYC, 1 hour to Syracuse & Ithaca, and 2.5 hours from Albany.
VINES Grow Binghamton Summer Youth Program – NOW HIRING!
VINES is hiring youth aged 14-21 that live in the City of Binghamton. For more information, click HERE.
Urban Farm Internship
Description: The Urban Farm Intern will assist in the day to day work required during the growing season on an urban farm built on formerly vacant lots in downtown Binghamton. Responsibilities include general garden and orchard care, working with community members and community partner organizations, and working with other VINES staff to ensure a successful growing season. The intern will learn how to do more complicated farm tasks such as soil fertility management, crop planning, and a diversity of other agricultural techniques. Bilingual and multilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. To apply email cover letter and resume as one pdf to Cynthia Averett at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 18th at noon. Please include the position you are applying for in the title of the email.
Farm Share Food Systems Internship
Summer and/or Fall 2021
Description: This internship focuses on Farm Share, a VINES program that connects residents of all income levels to fresh produce from local farmers. It involves direct service in the community addressing food justice, agriculture, and community engagement. Primary responsibilities include interacting with community members to distribute local produce at the same time and place each week, providing support and education to participants, processing payment including EBT (food stamp) transactions, and tracking payment and pick-up from members. Other duties include assisting in preparation for share distribution, member nutrition education, and outreach and marketing. Candidate should have strong written and oral communication skills, interest in nutrition/health and wellness, social justice and be an organized, detail-oriented individual capable of working independently. Bilingual and multilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Intern must be available Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Must also have reliable transportation, the ability to lift 50lbs, and some experience with cooking. Preference will be given to applicants who can intern in both the summer and fall. To apply email cover letter and resume as one pdf to Cynthia Averett at email@example.com by March 18th at noon. Please include the position you are applying for in the title of the email.
Community Gardens Internship
Description: The VINES Community Garden Intern will assist with the day to day community organizing and management of VINES’ 19 different community gardens across the triple cities area. This outwardly-focused individual will help nearly 400 diverse households grow food and community in shared urban spaces. Responsibilities include: Outreach to community members of diverse backgrounds (via social media, phone calls, and flyering as-needed); Collecting, entering, and analyzing data; Transporting plants, tools, and materials to and from community garden sites; Assisting with trainings (online and/or in-person) and garden work-day projects. Interns will learn: Gardening basics, including seed starting, transplanting, soil fertility management, organic pest and disease management, landscape maintenance and garden design; Social media design and data management. The Community Garden Intern will also have to the opportunity to help other programs at VINES. Bilingual and multilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a strong interest in understanding Community Gardening and food justice, a passion for working with and listening to people of diverse backgrounds, and a willingness to learn both hands-on gardening, office, and people skills. Intern must be available occasional evenings and weekends. Reliable transportation and the ability to lift 50lbs preferred. To apply email cover letter and resume as one pdf to Cynthia Averett at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 18th at noon. Please include the position you are applying for in the title of the email.
Applications Due February 22nd
Service Dates: April/May 2021- November 2021
Urban Farm and Youth Program Assistant (Living Allowance Stipend & Education Award)* Description: The Rural Health Service Corps (RHSC) Urban Farm and Youth Program Assistant will help the Urban Farm Manager to implement a successful growing season and a successful Youth Employment Program. This includes all aspects of agricultural production and the supervision of volunteers and youth employees in this endeavor. The member’s service will be key to advancing the goals of both VINES and the Rural Health Service Corps program of combating food insecurity by increasing convenient access to healthy foods, and educating program participants on the production of fresh foods. The Urban Farm and Youth Program Assistant will also help to increase the growing area under production at the Binghamton Urban Farm, developing new systems for efficiency of production, data management, and volunteer tracking and retention. This is a 675 hour position serving from April – November.
Farm Share Program Assistant (Living Allowance Stipend & Education Award)* TWO POSITIONS*Description: The Rural Health Service Corps (RHSC) Farm Share Program Assistants will assist the Farm Share Program Manager with the implementation of the Farm Share Program. This includes coordinating drop-off and pick-up times for shares from local farmers, distribution of shares to residents, and coordination of nutrition and cooking demonstrations at distribution sites. The Farm Share Program Assistants will also focus on the development and expansion of new and existing educational materials and work directly with members to understand how to identify, store, and prepare produce. The Farm Share Program Assistants will increase the number of individuals receiving support, services, education, and/or referrals to alleviate long-term hunger. The Farm Share Program Assistants will also focus on volunteer recruitment and retention. These are two 450 hour positions serving from May – November.
Community Garden Assistant (Living Allowance Stipend & Education Award)* Description: The Rural Health Service Corps (RHSC) Community Garden Assistant will assist with the development, maintenance, and expansion of community garden operations and help implement Green Thumb Educational Workshops. Further, this RHSC member will assist with a community meal (~3 times per year). The member’s service will be key to advancing the goals of both VINES and the Rural Health Service Corps program of combating food insecurity by educating program participants on how to plant, care for, and harvest fresh fruits and vegetables in VINES’ network of approximately 20 community gardens. The Community Garden Assistant will help build relationships with community gardeners and site coordinators to ensure that community members are receiving the information and materials they need to grow their own food and make changes in their health. This is a 450 hour position serving from May – November.