The Robinwood Center

Community Needs Assessment Internship
Applications Due February 20, 2019
Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis
About the Robinwood Center:
The Robinwood Center is an emerging community center and working farm that seeks to co-create
learning and community building opportunities within the New Hampshire and Maine Seacoast. The
mission of the Center is to create a loving and joyful space where our increasingly diverse community
can meet on just terms for the purpose of healing our relationships to the land, each other, and
ourselves. The Center provides shared spaces and community-led learning opportunities at the
intersections of sustainability, justice, healing, and community. The Center seeks to support the
cultivation of land, relationships, and skills for a sustainable, equitable, and just future for our NH and
ME seacoast community.
The Center was founded in June 2018 and is in the process of incorporating as a non-profit
organization. This is an exciting time to be involved with the startup of a non-profit!
The Center’s first year of programs will focus on community garden spaces, community-building
events, community conversations/forums, and a Seed to Table Workshop series. The Seed to Table
Workshop Series provides hands-on skills as well as opportunities for dialogue and new perspectives on
sustainability, healing, justice, and community through the lense of agriculture. Participants will gain
direct experience with both growing and preparing food throughout the seasons, while engaging in
conversations and experiences around how social, environmental, and health issues intersect in the
food system.
Internship Description:
The Intern’s primary project will be to conduct a community needs assessment to understand how the
Center can best support the community through its four pillars – sustainability, justice, healing, and
community. This will involve community mapping to identify existing partners and gaps, conducting
interviews and surveys to understand and document needs, and engaging with new partners. The
intern will both make recommendations to the Center’s staff and Advisory Committee on program
development strategies to meet the identified needs and to ensure representation of community
Robinwood Center
61 Stratham Heights Road, Stratham, NH 03885
www.robinwoodcenter.org / [email protected] / 603-772-6646
stakeholders as well as determine metrics for tracking success. The Intern will also evaluate the first
year of programming to understand its impact towards the Center’s mission and goals and to make
recommendations for improvement.
The Intern will have the opportunity to participate in all regular programs including community
conversations, potluck dinners, open farm afternoons, special events, and the Seed to Table Workshop
Series. The Intern will also provide administrative and coordination support for these programs.
In addition, the Intern will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with regenerative
agriculture by participating in farm chores including crop and animal management. This component
of the internship will be approximately five hours per week, and overall the Intern would be expected
to work 35-40 hours per week, including half days on Saturdays.
Internship Dates: The exact start and end dates can be flexible, however the internship will roughly
run from June 1, 2019 – August 15, 2019.
Qualifications:
● Commitment to the Robinwood Center’s mission and values:
https://www.robinwoodcenter.org/mission–values.html
● Interest in the Robinwood Center’s four pillars (sustainability, justice, healing, community)
● An understanding of systems-thinking and an interest in exploring the intersections of social
and environmental issues.
● Excellent communication skills, including in-person and online communication.
● Excellent organizational skills.
● Ability to work both independently and as a team.
● Excellent research skills.
● Experience in regenerative agriculture beneficial but not required.
Housing/Transportation:
Low-cost shared housing could be available onsite in either a newly renovated 2-bedroom apartment,
with a second tenant, or in the main farmhouse where the property owner lives. If the intern choose to
not live onsite, they could commute, though a car would likely be needed as there are no local public
transportation options to the farm. The beach is just 20 minutes away which is a fun way to relax.
Robinwood Center
61 Stratham Heights Road, Stratham, NH 03885
www.robinwoodcenter.org / [email protected] / 603-772-6646
How to Apply:
Please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected] by February 20, 2019.
Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Any questions about the position can also be directed
to [email protected].