Now Hiring: Paid Summer Internship

7 Feb

In this stipend-paid, active summer internship you will dive head first into the world of youth empowerment through food and environmental education. As a Green Plate Special Assistant Program Instructor, you will gain hands-on experience and guidance in facilitating youth-driven activities. You will support youth to grow and cook food that is good for their health, their confidence, and our planet. An internship with Green Plate Special is an excellent opportunity to assume a strong leadership position and build skills in communication, teaching, and organization. Our Assistant Program Instructor will lead small groups of 4th-8th grade youth not only in gardening and cooking, but also in art projects and team-building under the leadership of the Green Plate Special Education Director and GPS staff.

Time Commitment: 52 hours per camp week; 18 hours per non-camp week


Training: June 17th-20th, 10am-2pm

Internship Starts: Monday, June 24th

Internship Ends: Friday, August 30th

General Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8am-6:30pm for 7 weeks of camp. Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm for 3 non-camp weeks

Compensation: $3,000 stipend, as well as school credit or service learning credit (if your institution offers it). Breakfast, lunch, and snack provided (as well as treats from the garden and leftovers to take home throughout the summer!)

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead youth ages 9-14 through portions of gardening, cooking, and creative art curriculum with the guidance of Green Plate Special staff
  • Contribute activity ideas for garden and culinary curriculum as requested
  • Ensure proper setup and take down of equipment for garden and cooking activities
  • General garden and kitchen maintenance throughout the week (we have a flock of chickens as well)
  • Other duties as assigned

Desired Qualifications:

  • College (rising-sophomore through senior) or graduate student
  • Experience or study in: K-12 education, environmental studies, food justice and nutrition. Organic gardening and/or cooking experience a plus
  • Strong leadership skills; ability to lead and engage youth through hands-on learning activities and conflict resolution
  • Ability to implement and lead a lesson plan
  • Desire to take initiative and ability to identify and act when more support is needed in a group working environment
  • Enjoys collaborating with a small team in an outdoor setting and engaging in physical activity
  • Excellent communication skills, highly organized and punctual
  • Previous experience with 4th-8th grade youth a plus

Employment Policy:

Green Plate Special is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Green Plate Special does not and will not discriminate based on race, sex, socio-economic status, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, ancestry, ethnicity, marital status, religion, differences in ability, or military status in personnel operations. This includes hiring and firing of staff, recruitment and acceptance of board members, volunteers, or recruitment and acceptance of students. We are committed to creating a progressive, diverse, and inclusive environment for our staff, board members, volunteers, students, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

We strongly encourage people of color to apply.

How To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and two references to Maia Bernstein at