Environmental Education Internship
Full Season: March 1 – October 31st
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 – 19), The Children’s Peace Garden (Ages 3 – 11), Community Classes, Growing Gardens Food Project, and the Community Gardens, and our Community Orchard.
Full Season Environmental Education Interns gain incredible hands-on experience teaching and learning in our programs as they develop essential skills for environmental education. Throughout this full season internship, Environmental Educators improve their teaching technique through practice, reflection, and feedback. Environmental Educators spend most of their time directly teaching Field Trips, After School Garden Club, Summer Camps, and Classroom Visits for the Children’s Peace Garden (CPG). The Children’s Peace Garden Program teaches children environmental stewardship, nutrition education, respect for diversity, and creative self-expression to nurture a healthy, happy and well balanced child. 6,900 children from ages 3-11 participate in CPG programming. Environmental Education Interns teach engaging hands-on activities about organic gardening practices, the garden as a source of food and how to prepare simple, nutritious food from the garden.
In addition to teaching in the Peace Garden, Full Season Environmental Education Interns gain experience teaching in the Horticultural Therapy (HT) program. These programs primarily serve persons with special needs and elders but we welcome all in the community. Environmental Education Interns have the opportunity to co-lead these programs at off-site facilities as well as various on-site field trips at the gardens.
During the summer months, Environmental Education Interns gain experience mentoring teenagers who participate in the Cultiva Youth Project. Interns work alongside Cultiva teenagers while helping them develop leadership skills, learn about sustainable agriculture, and cultivate entrepreneurial and life skills.
Education Interns will gain hands-on experience and knowledge about vegetable production helping in the greenhouse, Children’s Garden, and Cultiva fields.
Environmental Education Intern Duties:
Teaching in Children’s Peace Garden, Horticultural Therapy and the Cultiva Youth Project:
Work closely with the Program Coordinator to teach Field Trips, After School Garden Club, Classroom Visits and Summer Camps in Children’s Peace Garden.
-Teach the following gardening skills during field trips to the garden site and visits to local schools: Community, Plants and Planting, Insects and Pollination, Composting, Harvesting, Preparing, and Eating
-Once trained in all curricula, independently manage field trips, classroom visits, After School Garden Club, summer camp, and volunteer activities
-Conduct surveys and document attendance at all programs
-Document activities through photography for reports, grant proposals and marketing
-Attend intern trainings
-Mentor the Cultiva teens during summer programming
-Assist with development of training for Cultiva teens who will assist in the Children’s Peace Garden summer camps
-Mentor Cultiva participants who assist with teaching summer camps
-Co-teach classes to Seniors and people with disabilities, participating in Horticultural Therapy classes as needed
-Assist with marketing for programming
-Train volunteers to to teach in the garden
-Positively interact with the public during community outreach events
-Lead tours of the Growing Gardens Site to groups and individual volunteers
-Assist with three weekend Plant Sales in May
-Assist with planning and teaching during Earth Day Event in April
-Assist with Cultiva Farm Dinner in August
-Assist with the Community Harvest Festival in 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:
Teaching and co-teaching wide range of audiences in a garden-based setting including teaching techniques, group management strategies, and differentiation.
Teaching Growing Gardens’ Environmental Education curriculum including field trips, summer camps, horticultural therapy, after school garden club, and classroom visits
Teaching gardening skills and related topics
Cultivating leadership skills for teenagers in a farm work environment
Effective communication strategies
Effective feedback strategies including professional and peer-to-peer
Ability to work in a team environment
Ability to work effectively in a dynamic environment including comfort with changing tasks
Cultivate a positive learning environment for all audiences including diverse populations
Contribute as facilitator and active member of a professional learning community
Gardening and Agriculture:
Basic small-scale organic vegetable production techniques
Seeding, Transplanting, and Propagation
Garden care through the seasons
Structure of Internship:
Internship duration is March 1 – October 31, 2017
Intern position is 40 hours per week. Note: hours may vary between weeks, however the average number of hours per week will be 40 hours throughout the internship. Hours primarily take place during the week, however there is some required weekend work
Required attendance at seasonal orientation meetings with all GG interns, mentor, intern supervisor and additional GG staff
Each Intern is supported by a Mentor and Supervisor
Mentor oversees daily activities and supports each Intern’s growth during weekly meetings throughout the duration of the contract
Interns meet with Supervisor every month for the duration of the contract
Interns will attend and contribute to Growing Gardens’ All Staff Meetings once per season (3 times total)
Learning Objectives Contract – Each Intern will develop a Learning Objectives contract with their Supervisor and Mentor by the second week of the internship. This contract includes: position description, educational objectives, learning objectives, and skill development.
Evaluation – To support the Intern’s growth during the internship, the Mentor and Supervisor will provide an opportunity for midpoint evaluation and end of internship evaluation. Evaluations include Intern self-evaluation, Mentor and Supervisor evaluations, and post-evaluation discussion.
FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO http://www.growinggardens.org/internships