Summer Garden Educator Internship
Summer interns lead small groups of middle school youth through the Green Plate Special garden lessons and culinary classes, with the guidance of GPS staff and work with 2-3 other summer interns. This is an invaluable opportunity to gain hands-on experience in organic gardening, cooking, youth education, and nonprofit program administration.
Time Commitment: 20-36 hours per week from July 8-August 14.
Compensation: This is an unpaid internship but can be done for school credit if your institution provides for it.
- Lead youth age 12-15 through portions of garden curriculum
- Lead portions of youth culinary classes
- Assist in administration of summer programming
- Lead garden work parties and maintain garden using organic principles
- Ensure proper setup and take down of equipment for garden and cooking activities
- Contribute creative ides for garden and culinary curriculum
- Develop a special project unique to each intern as coordinated with supervisor
- Assist in garden market-sales stand with youth participants
- Other duties as assigned
- Ability to lead and engage middle school age youth through hands on learning activities,
in a pro-active way
- Experience in education, organic gardening and/or cooking strongly preferred
- Must be available a minimum of 2 days from Monday-Thursday , 8AM- 5PM from July 8
through August 14 to lead summer program; additional hours to be determined
- Enjoys working with others in an outdoor setting and engaging in physical activity
- Excellent communication skills, highly organized and punctual
- Experience with middle school age youth a plus
- Experience in nonprofit program administration, a plus
Summer Interns gain first hand experience in managing an organic garden while playing a key role in education and curriculum building; some administrative opportunities available depending on your background. Green Plate Special is in its third year of operation providing extensive opportunities for interns to assume an entrepreneurial role in the nonprofit sector. Interns will gain experience in education and working with youth in a creative, nurturing environment.
This is a great opportunity to assume a strong leadership position and build skills in communication, experiential learning, community outreach, planning and organization. Interns can use this experience towards professional development in education, youth outreach, urban agriculture, culinary skills, and environmentalism or to develop professional contacts with members of the Green Plate Special community.
Please submit a cover letter and resume with two references by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are now being accepted for a start date in early June (planning and training).