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Environmental Education Intern - Summer

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Growing Gardens
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Environmental Education Internship
Summer Season: May 15 – August 15

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 (General Public), and our Community Orchard.

Summer 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 technique through practice, reflection, and feedback. Summer Environmental Educators spend the majority of their time leading Summer Camps and Field Trips for the Children’s Peace Garden Program. 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.

Summer Environmental Educators mentor the teens participating in the Cultiva Youth Project. Interns help teach teenagers about sustainable agriculture, leadership skills, entrepreneurial and life skills while working alongside the youth in the Cultiva fields.

In addition to teaching in the Peace Garden, Summer Environmental Educators are responsible for co-teaching in the Horticulture Therapy Field Trips. These programs primarily serve persons with special needs and elders but we welcome all in the community.

Education Interns will gain hands-on experience and knowledge about vegetable production helping maintain the CPG and Cultiva fields.

Environmental Educator Duties:
Teaching in Children’s Peace Garden, Horticultural Therapy and Cultiva Youth Project
Work closely with the Program Coordinator to teach Summer Camps, Field Trips, and Classroom Visits in Children’s Peace Garden
Teach the following gardening skills during one day field trips to the garden site and week long summer camps: Community, Plants and Planting, Insects and Pollination, Composting, Harvesting and Eating.
Once trained in all curricula, independently manage field trips and summer camps
Document activities through photography for reports, grant proposals and marketing
Conduct surveys and document attendance at all programs
Attend intern trainings
Mentor the Cultiva teens during summer programming
Assist with development of training day in the Children’s Peace Garden for Cultiva! teens who will assist in the CPG summer camps
Mentor Cultiva teen participants who will assist with teaching in the summer camps
Co-teach field trips in the Horticulture Therapy program

Community Outreach:
Assist with marketing for programming
Positively interact with the public during community outreach events

Event Participation:
Assist with Cultiva Farm Dinner in August

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 and summer camps
Teaching gardening skills and related topics
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 summer season
Garden Insects
Harvesting and gleaning techniques

Structure of Internship
Internship duration is May 15 – August 15, 2017
Intern position is 32 hours per week. Note: hours may vary between weeks; however the average number of hours per week will be 32 hours. Hours primarily take place during the week, however there is some required weekend work
Required attendance at orientation meeting 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 one Growing Gardens’ All Staff Meeting during their internship
A stipend of $800 upon completion of the internship

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.


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