Farmers’ Markets Survey Intern, Hartford Food System

Hartford Food System, the fiscal sponsor of the Connecticut Food System Alliance, seeks two summer interns to collect in-person survey results at farmers’ markets throughout the state.

Organization Overview

Since 1978, Hartford Food System, Inc. (HFS) has addressed problems of food security in Hartford. We are one of the nation’s first organizations to promote the concept of community food security, i.e., access by all persons at all times to enough nutritious, culturally acceptable food in their community for an active, healthy life. Food justice principles provide a basis for our work with the community, especially the concepts of food as a basic human right and democratic control of the food system. We employ the following strategies: 1) Increase access to healthy food outlets; 2) Deepen the connection between consumers, agricultural production, and other sources of healthy food; 3) Increase community capacity to advocate for a healthy and just food system; and 4) Advance public policies to improve the affordability and quality of food. Hartford Food System’s mission is to fight hunger and improve nutrition in our community. The goal is for our community to have a healthy, culturally responsive, resilient, and sustainable food system that meets the needs of all community members. To do this, we implement programs that improve access to nutritious and affordable food, we help consumers make informed food choices, we advocate for a robust and economically sound food system, and we promote responsible food policies at all levels of government. Our work focuses on understanding and addressing the underlying causes of inadequate community access to healthy food. Our programming includes: policy advocacy and network development through the Hartford Advisory Commission on Food Policy and the Connecticut Food System Alliance; youth leadership development and nutrition and gardening education through the Grow Hartford Youth Program and Little City Sprouts program; fresh food retail through the North End Farmers’ Market, Hartford Mobile Market; and other activities.

Position Description

Hartford Food System, the fiscal sponsor of the Connecticut Food System Alliance, seeks two summer interns to collect in-person survey results at farmers’ markets throughout the state. Survey data to be collected includes frequency of visits, use of SNAP or other benefits, preferences for produce, and other questions. This data will be used to improve customer experience at farmers’ markets and inform policy recommendations to be incorporated into a Connecticut food action plan. Hours are somewhat flexible but researchers will have to attend farmers’ markets while they are open (there are more than 100 farmers’ markets in the state; open every day of the week from morning to evening – see a full list here).

Duties include:

  • With supervisor, learn about farmers’ market processes, including SNAP/WIC benefits and incentives
  • With supervisor, identify and plan out which markets from which data will be collected
  • Set targets for data collection
  • Collect survey responses from farmers’ market attendees; adjust process if needed
  • Data entry of survey responses
  • Meeting with supervisor as needed

Skills/qualities desired and other requirements:

  • Due to the level of independence required for this position, we are looking for graduate students in Public Policy, Public Health, Social Work, or other related areas.
  • Must be able to travel throughout the state to collect data at farmers’ markets. This will include farmers’ markets that are not accessible by public transit; a car is strongly recommended.
  • Supervisor will accompany interns to the farmers’ markets early on; interns will be able to collect data independently once comfortable with the process
  • Interns should aim to visit an average of 3 markets per week, collecting data from 15-30 people each time
  • Experience with in-person survey collection required
  • Must be able to adhere to COVID guidelines as recommended by farmers’ markets, CFSA, and any state/federal guidelines.
  • Must be able to work remotely with access to a computer, phone, and internet
  • Motivated, passionate, ready to learn and able to adapt in a changing environment
  • Proficiency in Spanish or other languages a plus

Salary: $18/hour
Benefits: Mileage reimbursed at $0.56/mile
Status: Part-time, 6-12 hours per week

To Apply
Submit a resume and please include a short description of your interest in the position in the body of your email. Please submit your resume to Meg Hourigan (meg@hartfordfood.org) by Wednesday, June 23

This position must be filled quickly. Ideally, two interns will start on July 7.

Hartford Food System does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religion, sex (including pregnancy status and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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