The Agriculture Volunteer position is open to the public, and encourages applicants interested in volunteering from 1-3 months at our ECHO Global Farm in Fort Myers, Florida. ECHO is a Christian organization. You can read about our Core Values here.
Due to housing limits, ECHO can only host two Agriculture Volunteers at a time. Currently we are full through the August 2019. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about availability in 2020. If you do not need housing or wish to commute, please let us know.
Overarching goals of the program are:
This position is voluntary, but is designed to allow the volunteer to attend intern seminars and access to our Living Library for independent study time. Please note that the Agriculture Volunteer is not an intern receiving specific training- you will be assigned work by your supervisors and some of it will be mundane, like weeding or working on other farm tasks, and other times will be highly structured, such as our Intern Seminars that touch on topics of tropical agriculture and community development.
Housing on campus is provided, depending on availability, for those coming from outside the Fort Myers area. Availability depends on the dates requested by the applicant and the extent to which housing is already booked. Housing, if provided, is at no cost to the agriculture volunteer assistant. If you do not need housing or wish to commute, please let us know in your application.
Due to ECHO's relatively isolated location, it is highly recommended that an Agriculture Volunteer bring a vehicle to use during their stay. If you are not able to bring your own vehicle, ECHO will facilitate necessary trips such as grocery runs and church attendance, but the Ag Volunteer without a vehicle should be ready to spend a lot of time on our campus. There is not public transportation accessible in the area, although services such as Lyft and Uber are available. A round-trip cost of an UberX ride to downtown Fort Myers and back is around $32.
Agriculture Volunteers will be responsible for their own meals. The Agriculture Volunteer will have access to a kitchen for meal preparation. Please include this in your budgeting considerations.
ECHO will not be able to accommodate more than two participants at any given time. Time frames are flexible (e.g. not limited to just the summer months); however, ECHO will not plan to have program participants volunteering between mid November (after our annual conference) and during the month of December.
Participants have a primary and secondary area of focus (you'll need to include your concentration preferences in your cover letter). Those areas include research (in the field, with the possibility of some lab work), global farm (gaining hands-on experience by assisting our interns with upkeep of our demonstration gardens), appropriate technologies (AT; helping to maintain demonstrations of water purification, food processing methods, fuel efficient cookstoves, water pumps, and the like), and audiovisual (assisting our IT staff with website or video related tasks). We try to base this on your area of preference, but can't necessarily guarantee that.
Once accepted into the program, each participant has a primary and secondary supervisor, depending on the two areas of concentration.
Possible areas of concentration are:
We would ask that you be open to a wide range of duties; however, we also want to accommodate your learning objectives and interests as best we can. In terms of your daily activities, you will have a primary and secondary area of concentration.
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