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Intern job posting

Still seeking someone who loves tomatoes and wants to learn seed saving and
all the other great stuff we do.

P.0. BOX 451  GREAT BARRINGTON MA  01230  413 229 8316
conserving traditional plants and plant wisdom of the first peoples of the
greater Northeast

 Economic Plant Conservation-Heirloom Seeds
Horticultural Assistant

The Eastern Native Seed Conservancy is a plant conservation organization
based in western Massachusetts whose primary mission is the conservation of
cultivated food plants and other useful (economic) plants, particularly
heirloom and Native American varieties.  The Native Seeds Project  focuses
locating, preserving and redistributing native American plant resources.
CRESS (Conservation and Regional Exchange by Seed Savers) Heirloom Seed
Conservation Project focuses on maintaining heirloom and open pollinated
plants endemic or acclimated to the Northeast. Other projects and events
place throughout the year. We are small organization which believes in grass
root methods to accomplish our goals of plant preservation.
Project description:  The  Heirloom Tomato Field Project will be the main
focus of our horticultural efforts in 2000.  The project will include
growing, marketing, packing and seed saving of heirloom tomatoes, in an
effort to stimulate regional economic development for heirloom crops and
farmers. Varieties of beans, corn, tobacco, squash, tomatoes, potatoes,
garlic, and other crops will also be grown out at a number of different
sites, in order to increase, improve and enlarge seed stock of these rare
types and circulate seed to the public and Native American people throughout
the Northeast. 

Description of position:  Responsibilities include horticultural activities
normally associated with the propagation and maintenance of annual plants,
including planting, seeding, and cultivation, harvesting, packing and
marketing. Other tasks will include hand pollination, seed collection,
selection, and processing techniques, assistance in recording characteristic
plant data.  Other tasks will include activities of the organization such as
educational efforts, food tastings, public relations etc.

This is a unique opportunity for to assist and participate in the valuable
field of germplasm preservation.  When appropriate, internship can be partly
tailored to the individual interest and ability of qualified students, and
may include research if desired.

Location:  The Berkshires is a wonderful environment in which to spend the
summer with excellent scenery, hiking, boating, camping and numerous arts
activities including  Tanglewood, music festivals, theater, dance and

Requirements Prefer student in the agricultural, biological, or botanical
sciences, but open to anyone of any background.  Prior experience in
horticulture or gardening; and/or a basic knowledge of plant systematics and
familiarity with "weed" species is helpful but not necessary.  Individuals
from other walks of life will certainly be considered.   Self motivation,
independence, and reliability are a must.  Candidates with a career interest
in this or related fields will be given preference..

Time Commitment. Two slots are available which may be combined.  April/May -
early September, September-Nov/Dec. full time. However, we are willing to
consider the needs of individual students, from 20 - 40 hours per week.
Field projects runs April-November, so internships can range from three to
seven months depending on individual and academic requirements.  A twelve
week commitment is required.

Compensation.  To be determined. Stipend or room with partial board.

Method of Application: Informal letter  or phone call, with resume and one
two recommendations preferably one from a professor or other professional in
the field.  Send to Lawrence Davis-Hollander, Director, Eastern Native Seed
Conservancy, above address.  There is no deadline. Applications accepted
round but best received by March 25 for summer position..


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