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Recruiting Interns for Fall TEK Internship

Updated: 6 days ago

Paid Internship for Native American Adults.

Classes held Tuesdays and Thursdays October 10 - December 15

Elderberry Wisdom Farm has expanded its Traditional Ecological Knowledge Workforce Project to include the Native Agriculture Biodiversity Accelerator. This internship will provide a cohort of six Native American adults with career pathway support and microenterprise business development in habitat restoration, agriculture or horticulture, including a Native plant nursery.

This opportunity integrates Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) with Western science so interns can develop meaningful career pathways aligned with their own earth-based cultural heritage. Potential business owners/operators will gain experience in habitat restoration, horticulture and biodiverse agriculture, including farming on organic land in the mid-Willamette Valley. Microenterprise training and an IDA from Mercy Corps NW and Alder Street Consulting will also help you develop a feasibility study, business and marketing plan and financial support.

Interns will receive a $2,000 stipend to complete this 148-hour internship, which will be

completed on Tuesdays and Thursdays over ten weeks. It includes classroom education in the mornings and experiential service learning in the afternoons. This project is a partnership with Chemeketa Community College with funding from US Department of Agriculture through 2025. Tuition waivers for two classes will also be offered by Chemeketa Community College. Contact Sara at elderberrywisdom@gmail.com to apply or if you have questions. Our website also has additional info about the internship and our organization: www.elderberrywisdom.org.

Our Mission: Elderberry Wisdom Farm provides opportunities for Native Americans,

communities of color and public audiences to raise awareness of the rich cultural heritage and traditional ecological knowledge of America’s First Peoples. We work with diverse collaborative partners to provide educational and workforce opportunities so Native people can fulfill meaningful career pathway plans, strengthen health and wellness and achieve prosperity