Youth Garden Project hiring Summer/Fall Program Instructor Interns

Moab, Utah

Summer/Fall Program Instructor Internship

Internship Dates: July 6-November 20, 2015
Number of Positions: 1
Minimum Age Requirement: 21
App Deadline: open until filled

Internship Description:

The Youth Garden Project is a non-profit organization in Moab, UT with the mission of cultivating healthy children, families, and community through educational programs and the profound act of connecting people with food from seed to table.

We are looking for an individual that is interested in working as an educator in a hands-on, outdoor setting within our youth programs for a span of 6 months. These programs include our 9 Week Summer Camp Program, Garden Classroom and After School programs, Middle School Class, and occasional work with various high school classes and the Moab Charter School Kindergarten class.

The primary role of the Program Instructor Intern is to work cohesively with 2 additional Program Interns and the Program Director to facilitate, plan, and develop YGP’s youth programs. Interns will have the opportunity to work with YGP beyond its programs, particularly with our fundraisers and some in the garden in the fall.

Internship Details:


  • Four Interns will work together as a cohesive team to facilitate the Summer Camp day and teach and connect with kids.
  • Plan, organize, and lead the nine week Summer Camp program with help and guidance from the Program Director. Daily Summer Camp responsibilities:
    • Ensure overall smoothness of the Summer Camp day including safety of campers
    • Manage children
    • Teach activities alongside co-instructors
    • Build relationships/rapport with the youth that attend
    • Help students learn and connect to the garden
    • Prepare materials for activities and snacks
    • Communicate with parents/guardians regarding campers’ behavior, activities, etc.
    • Enforce YGP discipline policies with summer campers
  • Each intern will take the lead on instruction and development of a quarter of the Summer Camp weeks.
    • Develop hands on, fun, and educational activities related to each Summer Camp theme.
    • Exercise creativity in connecting kids to the garden within activities and themes.
    • Create and submit detailed lesson plans for each day’s activities prior to the Summer Camp program beginning (planning time will be provided in the spring).
    • Be able to share with co-instructors your detailed plans for each week and your expectations of them.
    • Coach others on how to facilitate your planned activities.
    • Provide positive and constructive feedback to co-workers.


  • Intern will help to facilitate the After School Program and will be in charge of planning activities for students for our two weekly programs.
  • Intern will teach 90 minute classes K-6 in the Garden correlating with Utah Core Curriculum standards from lesson plans that are already designed. Spring Garden Classrooms typically occur in September & October.
  • During a Garden Classroom, each intern will teach approximately 13 students (half of a class).
  • Intern will co-facilitate the Middle School Class either with the Program Director or another intern.
  • Intern should expect to rotate programmatic responsibilities and teaching with two other Program Interns.


  • Interns will receive training for all of our major programs and be given ample time to prepare for teaching lessons, ask questions, and review details with the Program Director.
  • When possible, interns may have the opportunity to attend trainings outside of the Youth Garden Project.
  • Interns should expect to be outside the majority of the day with the exception of time given for lesson planning.
  • Interns will get involved with connecting Moab’s youth to food, the garden, and the community!
  • Interns will have the opportunity to build a strong team.
  • Interns should expect to work 35 hours per week on average during the spring, and 45 hours per week on average during the summer (Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm, 7 of those hours working directly with youth)
  • The Youth Garden Project is involved in a series of local community events and fundraisers that interns may be required to work or attend.
  • Interns will be certified in CPR and First Aid (certification opportunity will be provided if applicant is not already certified)
  • Interns are expected to be a positive, enthusiastic team member throughout the duration of the internship.

Position Requirements:

Intern must be responsible; reliable; capable of self-directed work; have good management, personal, and organizational skills; enthusiasm, and an interest in experiential education. Intern should be a strong team player with a positive attitude, strong communication skills, and a problem solver who is flexible and able to improvise. Intern must have an open mind and willingness to be involved with the Youth Garden Project beyond its programs and work either in the garden or at special events. Experience in teaching/managing children or a background in education is required. Applicants with a valid driver’s license and clean driving record preferred. Applicants must be 21 years or older.

Educational Opportunities: • Build experience teaching hands-on science • Learn about how a garden can be used as a teaching tool • Build relationships with students, teachers, summer campers, and families • Gain experience writing and implementing creative lessons and activities that connect kids to the garden• Have opportunities to connect children with gardens, food, and community • Community event involvement • And more!


  • Each intern will receive a stipend of $250/month. First and last month’s stipend will be pro-rated based on days worked.
  • The Youth Garden Project will provide housing. Interns may move in the weekend before the internship begins, and move out by the Monday following the close of the internship. Any extended stay beyond these times must be approved by the Associate Director.
  • Interns will be given a designated space to garden to use as a supplemental food supply and learning experience. The Youth Garden Project will provide seeds, starts, tools, irrigation, etc.
  • When YGP is in peak harvest season, interns will receive a box of produce for the household each week.

TO APPLY: Please e-mail a brief cover letter and an attached resume to Julie Zender at PLEASE specify you are applying for the Summer/Fall position.