|Employer:||Farmington Compost Cooperative|
|Internship Title:||Composting Program Intern|
|Period of Engagement:||Available Each Term – Spring, Summer or Fall|
|Description of the Internship:|
|The Farmington Compost Cooperative is the first collaborative composting project in the state to involve a municipal government, a university and the public, and the Maine DEP. The cooperative was formed after the Sandy River Recycling Association, which had served the Farmington area for 23 years as a nonprofit recycling operation closed. Mark King, an environmental specialist from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and a UMF graduate, approaching the recycling association about his concerns, and convinced the group to donate the property with the concrete compost slab to the town.
Through the donation of food scraps from UMF and the Mt. Blue Regional School District via Sodexo food service and the donation of horse manure and wood shavings from local residents, the cooperative receives a sufficient amount of raw materials to keep the composting project going. UMF is aiding the cooperative further with manpower, with students from its Sustainable Campus Coalition volunteering to sort non-compostable materials out of the food scraps. UMF Facilities Management also has provided transport for the raw materials by allowing the cooperative to use their dump trucks when needed.
|The purpose of this internship is to better understand the inner workings of the Farmington Compost Cooperative (FCC), a collaboratively run compost operation among the Town of Farmington, University of Maine at Farmington and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.
The selected Composting Program Intern will have an opportunity to explore compost operations from a range of economic, biochemical, ecological and sustainability perspectives.
Responsibilities of this internship will be related to three basic components or aspects (not completed in any order) which relate to the compost operation:
|Application is made through UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement.|
|Complete and submit the Partnership’s Internship Application Form online.|
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