2022 MEVO Summer Environmental Crew Job Description
MEVO (Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization, Inc.) is recruiting hard working college students who want to spend their summer outdoors and make a positive impact on our community. The 2022 Summer Environmental Crew is designed for highly motivated, and passionate individuals who want to develop hands-on skills in organic farming, trail building, and environmental activism. We offer a diverse and empowering experience that gives you the knowledge you need to launch your career in the environmental, not-for-profit, and government fields. You will learn how to create, develop, and implement community farming on a local level, how to manage a not-for-profit, teach educational programs, grow food for sale, build and maintain hiking trails and much more. Our internships have trained and catalyzed over 170 college students over the last 10 years kickstarting their careers in the environmental field. We want you to join our team!
The crew specifics
Title: Summer Crew Member
Start Date: May 23, 2022
End Date: August 11, 2022
Days for the Internship: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Work Hours: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Stipend: $1700 (this is to help cover your commute and food costs)
The Environmental Crew helps lead and manage all MEVO’s environmental programs. You will spend your summer working two days a week on MEVO’s regenerative farms & two days a week with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (NYNJTC) building hiking trails.
A brief list of the daily environmental work is below:
● Farm Work at MEVO’s Fresh Roots & Lovewell Farms in Mahwah, NJ. You will learn the principles of regenerative and profitable local agriculture and conduct a wide range of tasks on the farm. Examples of work include preparing low-tillage raised beds for planting, seeding & transplanting crops, harvesting, processing, and washing produce, managing compost piles, pest management, organizing for CSA, Farmers Market, and restaurant client pick/up.
● Trail Work in partnership with the NYNJTC. The crew will design, build, and maintain low-impact hiking trails throughout the North Jersey park system. This work will include cutting fresh trails, installing water bars, building stone steps and staircases, and repairing neglected hiking trails to
minimize erosion and the impact on the eco-system.
● Working with Volunteers on the farm and the trail. Every Sunday we have a community open volunteer day that the crew will lead. You will learn how to manage, teach, and support volunteers of all backgrounds and abilities who join us for farm work. In addition, when you are working on the trail there may volunteers who will join you out in the forest to help with trail projects. You will learn how to ensure their safety and empower them to accomplish critical trail building tasks in tough situations. You will grow your leadership and teaching skills collaborating with community members, multiple volunteer groups, and schools that visits our farms.
Training & Education
The goal of our internship is to empower our crew members. We do this through experiential education, our group trip to Vermont, and a two-week intensive environmental training.
Week 1: May 23 - May 28
Environmental Training: This training week is designed to introduce crew members to MEVO’s mission, our broader environmental community, and train environmental skills. Throughout the week we instruct on topics such as leadership, public speaking, environmental careers, alternative living, volunteer event planning and management, organic farming, Indigenous rights, beekeeping, and much more. We educate on these topics through guest speakers, site visits, and in field workshops. In addition, we do crew member icebreakers, team building, personal mission & vision sharing, and a group hike. At the end of this week, you will learn about the “Rooting Down,” environmental project. The summer long personal project designed to help you conduct a tangible action to create change in your community.
Week 2: May 31 - June 2
Trail Building Training: The second training week is carried out by our partners the NYNJTC and will teach you the basics of how to design, build and maintain hiking trails and park infrastructure. You will learn core skills in tool use and safety, team dynamics, hiking trail lay out, water and erosion management, stonework, and standard operating procedures in the field. In addition, you will learn about environmental stewardship practices, how to manage passive recreation, and access to public lands.
Vermont Summer Trip: July 12 – July 18
This is one of the best experiences of the summer! On this trip, we will spend a lot of our time camping off-grid in a rustic cabin and working at the Merck Forest and Farmland Center (MFFC) in Rupert, Vermont. During our time at Merck, we will be working in their forest maintaining trails and maple sugar bush. In addition, we will work on their organic farm tending to their livestock and crops. We will also have a ton of fun hiking in the Green Mountain National Forest, swimming at Little Rock Pond, and exploring the town of Manchester, VT. Towards the end of the week, we will leave MFFC to stay at, work, and explore another farm, homestead, or community in Vermont.
● Physical volunteering and getting dirty: MEVO’s volunteer work is tiring, and you need to be in good physical shape and willing to work hard. You will spend your summer outdoors on the farm and trails in the heat and mud, rain, or shine!
● Public speaking and leadership: We want you to end your internship with the ability to be a leader and get people involved. This means that you will speak in front of groups of people of all ages and be asked to make tough decisions, at times with little guidance.
● Teaching and volunteer management: Every Crew member will work with school groups, corporate volunteer groups and more to teach about sustainability and growing food. You must be willing to teach, improvise, and have patience with your students. You also need to be energized to excite both students and volunteers about what you have to share. Teaching will be conducted in both structured and more experiential styles.
● Mode of transportation: We operate throughout northern New Jersey which means we will be traveling to various locations for work and training. You need to have a practical way to get to our meet up location in Mahwah, NJ. We carpool most days so you will either be driving the carpool or carpooling in someone else’s ride.
● Attendance: This is a 272-hour program. You must complete 272 in-the-field hours (this only includes workday hours not training or group trip hours). If you do not complete 272 hours, we will not provide you with a certificate of completion for the internship or class credit for your school.
● Trip: There will be one weeklong trip to Vermont (July 12 – July 18) this summer. Please make sure you are physically and mentally able to participate in this trip. It is a high point of the internship, provides some of the most rewarding experiences of the summer, and is meant to push you out of your comfort zone. Attendance is mandatory to complete the internship.
● Training: You must be able attend all days of summer crew training (May 23 – May 28 and May 31-June 2), so please plan your schedule accordingly.
2022 MEVO Summer Environmental Crew Job Description
MEVO (Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization, Inc.) is recruiting hard working college students who want to spend their summer outdoors and make a positive impact on our…
You will receive a $1700.00 Stipend to help cover your commute and food costs during the internship. This experience is focused on educating and empowering our crew members so they can go on to hold successful careers in the environmental field. We have two weeks of intensive environmental training, guest speakers, workshops, partner organization visits, and a group trip to Vermont to further your education.
You will receive a $1700.00 Stipend to help cover your commute and food costs during the internship. This experience is focused on educating and empowering our crew members so they…