The Garden School Foundation (GSF) is currently looking for interns to join our team for the winter/spring semester! The ideal candidate has a desire to gain hands-on experience in garden education and urban agriculture, a passion for advocacy and community engagement and loves to get their hands dirty with the rewarding garden work that keeps our living laboratories beautiful. The application cut-off will be December 30th and the internship will start on January 14th.

As a Garden School Foundation intern you will have the chance to:

  • Gain hands-on experience in providing Garden-based education to underserved youth through our Seed-to-Table program.
  • Learn about organic gardening in an urban setting which includes: fruit tree care, integrated pest management practices, seed starting, plant propagation, crop rotating and various composting techniques.
  • Meet and work with leaders in the Southern California urban agriculture and the garden-based education movement.
  • Work closely with a diverse group of adults and children in an outdoor, garden setting

As an intern, your responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting Garden Coordinators during cooking and gardening classes to provide our students with the best in garden-based education.
  • Working closely with our garden staff to complete garden projects that enhance learning opportunities.
  • Assisting in the care of our beautiful and functional garden classrooms, greenhouse and themed garden spaces.
  • Potentially designing and completing a project of your choosing whether that’s running an after-school art club or planting in a freshly built hugelkulture.  
  • For interested candidates: writing blog posts about your experiences in the garden or with the students as a way to chronicle your time and share what you’re passionate about with our social media community.

An ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Experience with children in an educational setting.
  • A strong desire to gain experience in organic gardening/agriculture.
  • A strong interest in food, gardening, education, and community building.
  • The ability to take initiative and work well independently, and also as part of a team.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Positive, can-do attitude and willingness to work outside.
  • Be comfortable working with people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Spanish language skills preferred.

Interns will work 2 days a week from 8am to 3:00pm (depending on site schedule) plus one Saturday per month from 8:00am to 3:00 pm. Internships are unpaid; however, we are happy to arrange academic credit with your school or university in exchange for your work with GSF.

How to apply

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Shelby Crowell at shelby@gardenschoolfoundation.org

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published this page in Get Involved 2012-04-26 12:43:38 -0700


Please watch this fantastic video the wonderful folks at Andrew Jackson Elementary made to raise $5k for the Seed to Table program at their school!