Our School at Blair Grocery (OSBG) is an urban farm operating out of the former Blair family grocery store in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans.  Utilizing our location, we act as an independent community school for local youth, and sustainability education center for local and national student groups and young adults.  Our mission is to create a resource rich safe space for youth empowerment and sustainable community development.  We envision a community where youth engage with others in reflective practice to actualize effective, replicable environmental justice based on local solutions to global challenges.

Currently,  OSBG is looking for a second full time intern for spring of 2015.  Housing and food will be provided, if needed or desired.  This is a great opportunity for college students thinking of taking a semester off this spring and ready to get their hands dirty.  The purpose of the internship is not only to support OSBG, but also to learn about the New Orleans community and develop skills to promote community engagement and empowerment through urban farming.  We welcome all applicants, and hope you decide to apply.

Summer 2015 Internship: The Goat Project

In addition, OSBG is looking for an intern for the summer of 2015. The intern position is unpaid, but room and board is included. The focus is developing and implementing a sustainable policy to put the OSBG goats to use in the community. For example, the 14 goats on the OSBG urban farm could be used to eat over grown grass on blighted properties in order to foster a sustainable system of public environmental management. The intern will engage social empowerment and organization in order to come up with a plan for the community and the OSBG Goats.

If interested, apply using the directions for the general internship application, and focus your essay on sustainable programs utilizing the OSBG goats for your interest.  In the subject line of the email please put “2015 Summer Internship” and send application to Alexander Borkowski at aborkows@tulane.edu, in addition to natturnernola@gmail.com.

To Apply: Please email Nat Turner  at natturnernola@gmail.com with “Internship” in the subject line and include:

(1) A short essay (2-3 pages) that details your interest and the duration of your proposed internship, describes who you are, where you come from, relevant skills and life experiences, and how these have lead you to want to be an intern at OSBG. Also please include which aspect(s) of our work you are most interested in and a brief description of what you would like to accomplish personally as an intern in food system development, transformative education, and/or community development and how you would use this experience to contribute to continuing this work.

(2) At least two references with names, phone number, email and their relationship to you.

(3) Your resume.

Work Description: Interns assist Our School at Blair Grocery in all aspects of youth development, community food systems development, urban agriculture, and small farmer outreach. Interns work 6-days per week, averaging 60 hours of work per week. It is intensive job training experience and requires at least an 8-week commitment.

Farming is hard work, especially in the city. All interns must have a positive attitude, an ability to receive constructive criticism, and a strong work ethic. Interns will receive supervision, intensive hands-on training, and skill sets acquisition with the opportunity to conduct and implement independent projects. The following are other skills needed for a positive internship:

  • An emphasis on hands-on physical labor and practice is very important. • Ability to work independently and as a member of team with flexibility in work assignments as needed; and • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, staff and management.

    Once the application has been reviewed we will contact you directly.