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Fall Season Environmental Education Intern

Employer
Growing Gardens
Location
Boulder, Colorado, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Jul 13, 2022

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Sector
Training / Education
Field
Education / Training
Discipline
Other
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Internship
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Company Description

Growing Gardens' mission is to enrich the lives of our community through sustainable urban agriculture. We envision people experiencing a direct and deep connection with plants, the land and each other. Growing Gardens unites the Boulder County community through urban agriculture projects, such as: The Cultiva Youth Project (Ages 12 - 18), The Children's Peace Garden (CPG, Ages 3 - 11), Horticultural Therapy, Community Classes, Growing Gardens Food Project, and the Community Gardens (General Public), and our Community Orchard.

Children's Peace Garden programs teach children environmental stewardship, nutrition education, respect for diversity, and creative self-expression to nurture a healthy, happy and well-balanced child. 8,000 children from ages 3-11 participate in CPG programming each year. Environmental Education Interns teach a wide variety of engaging hands-on activities about organic gardening practices, the garden as a source of food, the importance of pollinators and visiting our honeybee hives, building healthy soil by exploring our vermicomposting system, and more. Interns are given responsibility to teach independently as well as with a team, gaining valuable experience for future teaching in Environmental Education.

Job Description

Environmental Education Internship

Fall Season 2021

August 17th - October 29th

Growing Gardens is looking for a seasonal Environmental Education Intern to join our team! Are you creative and passionate with a knack for teaching outside, working with children and having fun? Have you dreamt of connecting children to their food and ecosystems? We're looking for exuberant, hard-working, and caring team members like YOU!

Growing Gardens' mission is to enrich the lives of our community through sustainable urban agriculture. We envision people experiencing a direct and deep connection with plants, the land and each other. Growing Gardens unites the Boulder County community through urban agriculture projects, such as: The Cultiva Youth Project (Ages 12 - 18), The Children's Peace Garden (CPG, Ages 3 - 11), Horticultural Therapy, Community Classes, The Goat Dairy, Growing Gardens Food Project, and the Community Gardens (General Public), and our Community Orchard.

Fall Season Environmental Education Interns gain incredible hands-on experience teaching and learning in our programs as they develop essential skills for environmental education. Environmental Educators improve their teaching techniques through trainings, practice, reflection, and feedback. Fall Environmental Educators spend most of their time directly teaching in the Children's Peace Garden programs such as field trips and classroom visits.

Fall season Environmental Education Interns will participate in Growing Gardens' Food Project Gleaning program with Growing Gardens staff. Interns will collect produce directly from farmers during Wednesday evening Farmers' Markets in Boulder and bring it back to the Hawthorn Farm where it is distributed to our school partners. Interns will participate in Gleaning on a rotating basis.

Environmental Education Interns will gain hands-on agriculture experience by working in the greenhouse, Children's Peace Garden and Cultiva fields as scheduling permits.

Environmental Education Intern Duties

Teaching in Children's Peace Garden:
  • Teach the following topics to school age groups: plant life cycles, planting and garden care, insects, pollination, beekeeping, composting, harvesting, healthy eating, community, cycles and much more!
  • Lead Field Trips and Classroom Visits in the Children's Peace Garden independently and with a co-teacher, with support and feedback from the Education staff.
  • Attend intern trainings as assigned throughout internship
  • Act as a responsible, positive role model for all youth participants
  • Assist Program Manager and other Education staff with administration tasks.


Event Participation and Community Outreach

Environmental Education Interns will assist with marketing for programming and will educate and engage with community members during the following community outreach events:
  • Annual Farm Gala fundraiser in August
  • Growing Gardens Community Harvest Festival in October
  • BEE Boulder Family Festival in September
  • Additional educational outreach events on occasional weekends throughout the year
  • Assist on a rotating basis with Wednesday evening gleaning at the Boulder County Farmers Market in August and September


Environmental Education Interns are responsible for other duties as assigned, to engage with, and learn from, the Growing Gardens non-profit organization and community.

Knowledge and Skills the Intern Will Develop:

Education:
  • Teaching in a farm-based setting including effective teaching techniques, group management strategies, and age-appropriate teaching/learning.
  • Strong background knowledge in the following topics: plant life cycles, planting and garden care, insects, pollination, beekeeping, composting, harvesting, healthy eating, community, and life cycles.
  • Effective communication strategies.
  • Working effectively in a dynamic team environment.
  • Evaluating programs through formal processes.
  • Intern will receive training on Advocacy vs. Inquiry, Ages & Stages, Learning Styles, Cultivating Community, Giving and Receiving feedback and so much more!


Gardening and Agriculture:
  • Basic small-scale organic vegetable production techniques including: Seeding, Transplanting, and Propagation; basic garden care; Vermicomposting; Honeybees; Insects and Pollination; Gleaning; Harvesting.


Structure of Internship
  • Internship duration is August 17th - October 29th, 2021.
  • Interns will attend a mandatory orientation within the first 2 weeks of their internship experience.
  • Intern position is 15 hours per week. Note: hours may vary between weeks and evening work is required. The most effective schedule for both intern and Growing Gardens is any 3 days per week, Tuesday - Friday, approximately 5 hours per day, variable based on program schedule.
  • Each Intern is supported by a Mentor and Supervisor
  • Mentor oversees daily activities and supports each Intern's growth throughout the duration of the contract
  • Supervisor is available upon request for check-ins and meetings and provides general oversight of Growing Gardens' internship program.
  • This internship is unpaid and qualifies for credit at the university level


Benefits of Interning with Growing Gardens:
  • Friendly, relaxed work environment
  • Hands-on career experience at al well-respected non-profit!
  • Development of marketable education and leadership skills
  • Additional training offered through Growing Gardens classes, workshops, and staff career panels
  • Weekly organic vegetables form the garden as available - This benefit has the value of $20-$35 per week depending on the productivity of the farm
  • Shared garden plot with other Growing Gardens Interns in the Hawthorn Community Garden
  • Easy access to public transportation from garden!
  • The Internship qualifies for credit at the university level


Qualifications

Growing Gardens is seeking individuals who are excited to gain skills and experience teaching and learning in a community of motivated garden-based educators!

A successful applicant will demonstrate:
  • Prior experience teaching youth in an outdoor environment
  • Excited to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Ability to serve as a mature, healthy role model for youth
  • Self-motivated team player with ability to meet deadlines, remain flexible and adjust to changing priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently independent of supervision
  • Responsibility, reliability and organizational skills
  • Interest in developing skills and knowledge in garden-based education. No prior gardening or farming experience required
  • Applicants must hold current certifications in CPR and First Aid or be able to attain them by August 17, 2021
  • The intern position is contingent upon satisfactory results of a background check


Additional Information

To apply:

Send resume, cover letter and completed application to Megan Reynoso at mreynoso @growinggardens.org

Applications due by July 1st, 2021

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Positions will remain open until filled.
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