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INTERSHIP TITLE: Indigenous Agriculture Interns (3 total)

MENTORS: Sustainability Education Coordinator, Field Research Coordinator, and Sustainable Agriculture Faculty
LOCATION: College of Menominee Nation – Keshena Campus

TERM: March 7th to May 6th (8 week), limited critical work May 9th to 27th, May 31st – August 4th (10 week), August 15th to October 21st (6 week), including a presentation at the FALCON Conference in October.

APPLICATION DUE: As soon as possible, accepted until filled.

Summary and Description
CMN's Sustainable Development Institute began to understand historic Menominee agricultural practices several years ago. The project was by the findings of Dr. Overstreet and other archeologists, who have identified numerous ancient farming fields and food storage areas in the forests of northern Wisconsin. These sites are known for acres of raised beds where corn, sunflower, and squash were grown centuries ago. We are continuing our work to build an understanding of these ancient raised bed systems by:

  1. Continuing research on natural soil amendments.
  2. Screening varieties of crops for potential local adaptation.
  3. Beginning research on the value of forming raised beds.
  4. Establishing a crop production field for the college and the Menominee community.

We are also establishing some other fruit trees at SDI. Intern will take part in a mix of outdoor and indoor activities. We will complete basic training initially, learn new things, and discuss our activities throughout the internship program. Reporting at the FALCON conference will also take place in October 2022, and a research paper will be written and submitted by the end of the multi-year project. Agriculture's Classroom can help a leadership, work team, laboratory instruction, and experiential learning. It can provide educational opportunities to discover agriculture's many benefits for today and tomorrow.

Objectives and Responsibilities

  • Participate in orientation and team-building activities to facilitate learning and growing together, including attending the Mini-IPSI (Indigenous Planning Summer Institute) in August.
  • Take part in Classroom and on-site training to increase knowledge on Indigenous cropping systems, Indigenous food culture, experimental design, data analysis, equipment safety, and more into incubator class.
  • Prepare and plant the seed for research plots.
  • Manage research plots and weed management.
  • Collect data and take notes on plant and soil conditions.
  • Attend a hand pollination workshop in July.
  • With the help of a mentor, establish a work plan to achieve your goals and provide project deliverables.
  • Analyze the data and correlate it with the experiment and soil characteristics.
  • Present an overview of your experience to CMN and the broader Community on 4th August.
  • Prepare and deliver a presentation to the FALCON Conference in October to grow your network (option).

Other responsibilities:

  • Work within a team to carry out all survey work during the summer and reporting period
  • Guide student intern in assisting with the project
  • Perform other identified tasks in support of the project

Program Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Current students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale, and be registered or currently enrolled in six (6 or more credits).
  • Demonstrated interests in agriculture and sustainability are especially desired!
  • Experience growing a garden, but we will train and work alongside you.
  • Strong communication skills.

Application Procedure:

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Submit all information to the Sustainable Development Institute, College of Menominee Nation, N172 State Highway 47/55, PO Box 1179 Keshena, WI 54135 as soon as possible. You may also email application materials to sdi@menominee.edu Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. If you have questions about the position, please contact Frank Kutka at fkutka@menominee.edu or 920-495-0503.

Timeframe and Stipend (if applicable):

Each intern can receive a stipend of up $2,240 for eight weeks in spring, a stipend of up to $5,600 for ten weeks in summer and full time, and a stiped in the fall, depending on progress towards and achievement of work goals (up to a total stipend of $10,640). During the semester, it is requested that the internship schedule not conflict with each student’s academic schedule. The internship may be extended or hours adjusted based on student availability, interest and funding.

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