Utah – Youth Garden Project hiring Interns

Moab, Utah

Internship Opportunities Available at the Youth Garden Project

YOUTH PROGRAMS INSTRUCTOR

SPRING & SUMMER SESSION

Internship Dates: February 28th, 2018 —August 17th, 2018

Number of Positions: 2

Minimum Age Requirement: 21
Application Deadline: open until filled

Internship Description:

The Youth Garden Project (YGP) 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 a variety of educational programs. In the spring, we have an After-School Program, Garden Classroom Field Trips, 8th grade Environmental Science Elective class that visits weekly, and a weeklong Spring Break Camp—all of which will be taught primarily by two interns with aid from the Program Manager. During the summer, four interns facilitate our nine week Summer Camp designing and implementing the lesson plans for this program.

 Internship Details:

SPRING

  • Plan and lead activities for the After-School Program
  • Develop and facilitate garden-based activities for Spring Break Camp
  • Teach Garden Classroom Field Trips for grades Pre.K-6 using YGP’s curriculum. During a Garden Classroom, each intern will teach approximately 12 students (half of a class) for 90 minutes.
  • Co-facilitate any other field trips (Middle/High School Classes, etc.) either with another intern or the Program Manager
  • Interns may also have the opportunity to build on pre-existing curriculum or develop new curriculum

 SUMMER

  • Four interns will work as a cohesive team to run the nine week Summer Camp program
  • Interns will receive an in-depth training prior to leading the Summer Camp program; including behavior management techniques, discipline policies, and more
  • All interns will plan, organize, and lead the Summer Camp program with guidance and support from the Program Manager. Daily Summer Camp responsibilities include, but are not limited to: ensure overall smoothness of the Summer Camp day including safety of campers; enforce YGP discipline policies with campers; prepare materials for activities and snacks; manage groups of children while building relationships/rapport with them; teach two-three 45 minute activities per day with co-instructors; encourage campers to learn, have fun, and connect with the garden; communicate with parents/guardians regarding campers’ behavior, etc.
  • Each intern will play a role in the instruction and development of Summer Camp weeks. This includes, but is not limited to: creating experiential, fun, and educational activities related to each Summer Camp theme; submitting detailed lesson plans beforehand—planning time will be provided in the spring; sharing and coaching co-instructors in regards to your activities; providing positive and constructive feedback to co-workers

OTHER

  • Interns should expect to work 35 hours per week on average during the spring (schedule varies) and 45 hours per week on average during the summer (M-F, 8am-5pm)
  • Interns should expect to be outside the majority of the day
  • YGP 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 and enthusiastic team member throughout the duration of the internship

 Educational Opportunities:

  • Gain experience teaching elementary-aged students • Build your teaching skill set by leading hands-on science lessons • Learn about how a garden can be used as a teaching tool • Make relationships with students, teachers, summer campers, and families • Write and implement creative lessons and activities • Have opportunities to connect children with gardens, food, and community • Community event/workshop involvement • And more!

 Skills Desired: applicants must be 21 or older.

Interns must be responsible and reliable; work well independently and in a team setting; show enthusiasm, and have an interest in experiential education. Intern should be 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.

Compensation:

  • Each intern will receive a stipend of $400/month. First and last month’s stipend will be pro-rated based on days worked.
  • YGP will provide housing. Rooms will be shared with 1-2 roommates. 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 provided with a small space at the house to garden for supplemental food supply and learning experience. YGP will provide seeds, plant starts, tools, irrigation, etc.
  • When YGP is in peak harvest season, the intern household will receive a box of produce each week.
  • Access to a variety of pro-deals through YGP

TO APPLY:  Please e-mail a brief cover letter and an attached resume with three professional references to Program Manager, Julie Zender, atjulie@youthgardenproject.org 

FULL SEASON FARM INTERNSHIP

Internship Dates: February 28, 2018 to November 16, 2018

Number of Open Positions: 1

App Deadline: Open until filled

Minimum Age Requirement: 21

Experience an entire growing season at the Youth Garden Project with the 9-month Farm Internship!  The Youth Garden Project is a non-profit organization in Moab, UT.  Our mission is to cultivate healthy children, families, and community through educational programs and the profound act of connecting people with food from seed to table.  Farm interns have the opportunity to learn organic gardening techniques and skills while working in a combined production and education garden.

Internship Details: Full season farm interns are expected to make a 9-month commitment.  Interns work 40-hours a week with occasional exceptions for special community events.  Responsibilities include:

 Participate in field work: planting (direct seeding and transplanting), harvesting, weeding, bed prep and soil amending, mulching, cover cropping

  • Aesthetic maintenance and improvement of a vibrant and beautiful community space located in the heart of Moab
  • Germinate seeds and propagate plants in our greenhouse
  • Pot up and care for bare root fruit trees
  • Prune and thin fruit trees
  • Learn about irrigation systems
  • Plan for and implement spring plant sale
  • Harvest and preserve produce
  • Harvest garlic in the spring, and plant it in the fall
  • Learn about and experience organic pest control
  • Maintain a bin composting system
  • Save seeds
  • Prepare for and facilitate the CSA share program
  • Use a hoop house, greenhouse, and grow dome for season extension
  • Work intermittently with programs to incorporate children into the garden
  • Facilitate community volunteer groups
  • Perform general site maintenance
  • Care for animals (chickens, cats, rabbits, and fish)
  • Winterize garden & animals
  • Overwinter crops
  • Work at community events: Farmers’ Markets, Weed-n-Feeds, Garden Dinners, etc.
  • Plan and advertise for events: plant sales, fundraisers, potlucks, etc.
  • Plan and execute one or more self-led projects with support from YGP staff

 Skills Desired: Applicants must be 21 or older. We seek individuals interested in and eager to learn the process of taking food from seed to table.  No previous farming experience is necessary.  We expect interns to be able and willing to work hard.  Applicants should possess a strong work ethic, positive attitude, communication skills, problem-solving abilities, and be in good physical condition.  We expect interns to be reliable, responsible and capable of self-directed work.  Candidate must also be a team player, be flexible, and be willing to be involved beyond garden work to occasionally help with programs and special events.  A valid driver’s license and clean driving record are preferred.

 Education Opportunities: Build experience in organic gardening • Learn how to preserve produce • Take part in a local food system and participate in place-based learning • Gain experience providing food for yourself in a small garden plot • Meet local agriculture, horticulture, and herbal medicine experts • Create opportunities to connect children with gardens, food, and community • Develop community events • Opportunity for peer leadership • And more!

 Compensation:

  • Each intern will receive a stipend of $400/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 have access to YGP pro deals.
  • Interns will be provided with space at their house to garden for supplemental food supply and learning experience. YGP will provide seeds, plant starts, tools, irrigation, etc.
  • When YGP is in peak harvest season, the intern household will receive a box of produce each week.

 TO APPLY: Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to Gabriel Woytek at gabriel@youthgardenproject.org. Please specify the internship session for which you are applying.

SPRING/SUMMER FARM INTERNSHIP

 Internship Dates: February 28, 2018 – August 17, 2018

Number of Open Positions: 1

App Deadline: Open until filled

Minimum Age Requirement: 21

 The Youth Garden Project is a non-profit organization in Moab, UT.  Our mission is to cultivate healthy children, families, and community through educational programs and the profound act of connecting people with food from seed to table.  Farm interns will have the opportunity to learn organic gardening techniques and skills while working in a combined production and education garden.

Internship Details: Farm interns are expected to make a commitment to their entire term.  Interns work 40 hours a week with occasional exceptions for special community events.  Responsibilities include:

 Participate in field work: planting (direct seeding and transplanting), harvesting, weeding, bed prep and soil amending, mulching, cover cropping

  • Aesthetic maintenance and improvement of a vibrant and beautiful community space located in the heart of Moab
  • Germinate seeds and propagate plants in our greenhouse
  • Pot up and care for bare root fruit trees
  • Prune and thin fruit trees
  • Learn about irrigation systems
  • Plant for and implement spring plant sale
  • Harvest and preserve produce
  • Harvest garlic
  • Learn about and experience organic pest control
  • Maintain a bin composting system
  • Save seeds
  • Prepare for and facilitate the CSA share program
  • Use a hoop house, greenhouse, and grow dome for season extension
  • Work intermittently with programs to incorporate children into the garden
  • Facilitate community volunteer groups
  • Perform general site maintenance
  • Care for animals (chickens, cats, rabbits)
  • Work at community events: Farmers’ Markets, Weed-n-Feeds, Garden Dinners, etc.
  • Plan and advertise for events: plant sales, fundraisers, potlucks, etc.
  • Plan and execute one or more self-led projects with support from YGP staff

 Skills Desired: Applicants must be 21 or older. We seek individuals interested in and eager to learn the process of taking food from seed to table.  No previous farming experience is necessary.  We expect interns to be able and willing to work hard.  Applicants should possess a strong work ethic, positive attitude, communication skills, problem-solving abilities, and be in good physical condition.  We expect interns to be reliable, responsible and capable of self-directed work.  Candidate must also be a team player, be flexible, and be willing to be involved beyond garden work to occasionally help with programs and special events.  A valid driver’s license and clean driving record are preferred.

 Education Opportunities: Build experience in organic gardening • Learn how to preserve produce • Take part in a local food system and participate in place-based learning • Gain experience providing food for yourself in a small garden plot • Meet local agriculture, horticulture, and herbal medicine experts • Create opportunities to connect children with gardens, food, and community • Develop community events• And more!

Compensation:

  • Each intern will receive a stipend of $400/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 have access to YGP pro deals.
  • Interns will be provided with space at their house to garden for supplemental food supply and learning experience. YGP will provide seeds, plant starts, tools, irrigation, etc.
  • When YGP is in peak harvest season, the intern household will receive a box of produce each week.

 TO APPLY: Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to Gabriel Woytek at gabriel@youthgardenproject.org. Please specify the internship session for which you are applying.

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