Urban Agriculture Intern
Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN), organized in 1977, works to preserve, expand and improve urban open space through community organizing, acquisition, ownership, programming, development and management of special kinds of urban land – Urban Wilds, Greenways and Community Gardens. In all of its endeavors, BNAN is guided by local citizens advocating for their open spaces and assisting them to preserve and shape their communities.
The Urban Agriculture Intern will work with BNAN’s Garden Educator and Urban Grower at two food production sites. City Natives, the first site, is a ½ acre horticultural learning center, native plant nursery and community green space in Mattapan. Working alongside the Garden Educator, the intern will engage Boston gardeners of all ages and backgrounds in the process of growing food and tending urban green spaces.
The second site, the Northampton Square Rooftop Garden, is located in Roxbury and encompasses a 6,500 square foot area atop a parking garage. The primary focus at the rooftop garden is to engage youth participants, primarily high school students, in the process of growing a diverse selection of vegetables for the Preventive Food Pantry at Boston Medical Center. Secondarily, the site functions to grow food at standard production rates using biointensive and biodynamic growing techniques.
From an agricultural perspective, the intern will be exposed to a variety of growing and season extension techniques including, but not limited to, the use of companion planting, the construction of raised beds and low tunnels as well as a range of organic growing practices. From an educational perspective, the intern will also participate and lead farm-based learning opportunities for high school students and lead adult volunteers in gardening tasks.
Dates: April 16th – August 14th (18 weeks). Start and end dates are flexible for the right candidate.
Hours: 24 hours/ week
- Mondays – 8 AM to 4 PM
- Tuesdays – 9 AM to 3 PM (April- June), 7 AM to 1 PM (July- August)
- Wednesdays – 8 AM to 4 PM
Compensation: If candidates participate in a Work Study program through their College or University, BNAN is able to contribute a percentage towards the position. All other candidates are eligible for a $1000 stipend, to be awarded at the completion of the internship. Interns are welcome to take home a portion of the weekly harvest.
- Assist in program development, delivery and review of youth programs at Northampton Square Rooftop Garden.
- Work alongside staff and independently in all facets of garden maintenance at both sites including, but not limited to: greenhouse work, irrigation management, field prep, planting and weeding, insect and disease control, harvesting, washing and packaging.
- Lead adult volunteers in weekly harvest for Produce to Pantries.
- Document the seasonal progression of each site through photography and video.
- Identify & organize a special project of your choosing that will be completed by the end of the intern experience.
- Proficiency in use of garden tools and equipment required.
- Experience with previous youth agriculture programs a plus.
- One year of farming or related horticulture experience is preferred. Experience working in an urban public park or garden.
Knowledge & Skills
- Ability to work independently when required in an effective manner.
- Demonstrated commitment to a positive public experience, and concern for the environment and people’s relationship to it.
- Must be able to work outside in all types of weather, kneel or stand for periods of time and able to lift and carry 50 pounds.
- The accepted candidate will be required to have successful completion of a CORI background check with emphasis on their suitability to work with youth.
- A willingness to learn and advance one’s skill sets.
- Knowledge of a second language is a plus.
- Have a valid U.S. Driver’s license.
Candidates should send their resume and cover letter to:
Boston Natural Areas Network, Attn: Casey Townsend – 62 Summer Street – Boston, MA 02110 or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for submission will be March 11, 2013 and the successful applicant will be chosen by April 1, 2013.