Garden Education Program Internship at the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center (FELC)

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Internship Description:

The candidate will perform a variety of tasks related to sustainable agriculture education programming in Tiffin, Ohio. Attention to detail and ability to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously are requirements for this position. The candidate should have excellent written and oral communication skills. Students interested in sustainable agriculture, education programming, and/or nonprofit management are encouraged to apply.

The intern will assist FELC Education by:

  1. Embracing the mission and vision of FELC to recognize our oneness with all creation, and to reflect transformation through teaching and demonstrating the value and practice of living simply, in harmony with creation, and to consider that mission and vision in the performance of all other duties. 
  1. Assisting in caring for the vegetable and produce in the Seeds of Hope Farm gardens used for educational programs on chemical free sustainable agriculture.
  1. Assisting with educational gardening and nutrition programs for both children and adults, which further the mission and vision of the FELC.
  1. Assisting with the coordination of FELC volunteers.
  1. Assisting the FELC staff in implementing a community garden program and its day-to-day operation including but not limited to the following:
  1. Planting
  2. Weeding
  3. Watering
  4. Harvesting
  5. Keeping daily records
  6. Assisting with the compost system.
  1. Performing minor office duties in furtherance of the operation of the offices of the FELC, including but not limited to answering telephone, mail and emails, administrative support for the FELC, housekeeping and other day to day operational duties.
  1. Assisting with the care and feeding of the FELC animals, both inside and outside.
  1. Assisting in marketing FELC programs by developing brochures, mass emails, social media and disseminating information throughout target audiences.
  1. Maintaining garden tools in a clean and safe manner.
  1. Following directives for the storage of supplies and equipment.
  1. Responsible for knowing and adhering to the FELC safety procedures.
  1. Offering additional support to FELC staff as opportunities arise and time allows.

This position is for 20-30 hours a week with some flexibility, for a 12-week time period over the summer break.  The intern will work with the FELC Administrator.  If your university program offers credit for internships, we will make an effort to tailor the internship to the length/hours desired. There is a weekly stipend of $250 for this internship.


 Internship benefits:

  1. Gain experience in teaching basic gardening and nutritional practices to low-income families. 
  1. Gain experience in sustainable agriculture education. 
  1. Gain experience in nonprofits and how they operate and issues they face. 
  1. Develop office and time management skills. 
  1. Improve verbal and written communication skills.


Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter explaining why you seek this opportunity and how your experience or background makes you a good candidate and resume (including two references) by email to Jeanine Alvarado, Director of Human Resources, or by mail to:  200 Saint Francis Avenue, Tiffin, Ohio  44883



The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center (FELC) was formed in 1997, as a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Charity of Tiffin, Ohio.  FELC is an environmental education facility offering models of sustainability to the general public, featuring a “straw bale” house, a solar array, wind turbine, innovative and impactful environmental programs for youth and adults, over 11 acres for farming, agricultural initiatives and outdoor activities, including a greenhouse, free range chickens, hoop houses, chemical free herb, fruit and vegetable gardens, woodlands and wetland area.  The FELC aims to further its mission of promoting active learning and healthy relationships with the natural environment to achieve sustainable living, in the spirit of St. Francis.

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Community Gardens

FELC will be hosting community garden plots again on the Seeds of Hope Farm for the 2015 season.

Plots will be available for a participation fee for anyone interested in growing their own produce to use for themselves. FELC promotes active learning and healthy relationships with our natural environment. This extends to the community garden plots, in which we hope to give individuals the opportunity to have a hands-on learning experience. This program will continue after a successful 2014 season in which families, individuals and groups participated in the program to grow their own produce. This past season we worked in partnership with the local Master Gardeners to help teach participants and ensure they were able to keep up with their plots. We were also able to offer grant funded plots to low-income families, who may not have had access to fresh produce. We hope to offer both of these services again in 2015. Garden Plots will be available from May 1, 2015 and you can apply for a plot by filling out this community garden agreement and returning it to Jacob Clolinger at FELC, or by email at Plots will be available in three sizes: a full plot (20′ x 30′) $100, a half plot (20′ x 15′) $50, and a starter plot (10′ x 10′) $30.

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The National Catholic Rural Network recently featured Sr. Shirley Shafranek …


In line with their founder, Franciscans are known as the biggest proponents of Catholic ecology, but the Sisters of St. Francis in Tiffin, Ohio, take things to another level. They do this in simple, daily ways—for instance, by composting food, using energy efficient electronics and vehicles, and growing much of the produce they eat in their own gardens. But they also go to great lengths to educate others about the principles of Catholic ecology, its connection to the broader faith, and its critical importance today.

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This month, Dennis Sadowski from the Catholic News Service came out to do a story on the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center.  The story was posted on the Catholic Review and is available here.  You can also see the video below.

Watch Sister Jane Omlor explain the straw bale house, wind turbine and solar array in a recent interview with the Catholic News Service. If you are interested in visiting the house and getting a tour, please call Sr. Jane at 567.207.5393. Tours are also available without appointment on the 2nd Monday of the month from 7:00-9:00pm.

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