Administrative | Communications
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 food, the land and each other. Growing Gardens unites the Boulder County community through urban agriculture programs: The Cultiva Youth Project (ages 12 – 19), the Children’s Peace Garden (ages 3 – 11), Horticulture Therapy, Community Classes, Growing Gardens Food Project and the Community Gardens.
The Marketing & Outreach Intern is a community ambassador for the organization through social media, special events and outreach. The Marketing Internship is fast paced and requires a great deal of hard work, focus, and creativity. It is also deeply rewarding.
Marketing & Outreach Internship Duties
Marketing and Social Media
● Assist with managing and growing Growing Gardens social media network (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest, LinkedIn)
● Create and track social media content and images under Growing Gardens guidelines
● Edit and assist with Growing Gardens’ marketing materials, e-newsletters and apparel
● Edit press releases, organize and track if published in local print publications
● Research new websites, online event calendars or publications to market Growing Gardens to new audiences. Manage current websites where we post our events.
● Be an ambassador for Growing Gardens and positively engage with the community during all outreach events (some weekend work required)
● Prepare, maintain and improve Growing Gardens outreach materials and outreach exhibit at events
● Manage/increase new email sign-ups and enter into database post-event
Event Planning and Execution
● Provide marketing and selective staffing support for Growing Gardens’ Farm Dinner, and other outreach events, event preparation and support for Community Harvest Festival
● Assist with fundraising campaign strategy, production, execution, follow up and donor acknowledgements
Knowledge and Skills the Intern May Acquire
● Current marketing and social media practices
● Collecting, tracking and analyzing marketing data
● Networking in local community with press, agriculture and natural foods industries
● Volunteer coordination
● Conflict resolution and communication skills
● Gain skills and understanding of sustainable urban agriculture
● The ability to work in a dynamic team environment
Structure of Internship
● Internship duration is June 1 – August 28, 2017
● Intern position is 20 hours per week. *Note: hours may vary between weeks; however the average number of hours per week will be 20 hours. Hours primarily take place during the week, however there is some required weekend work.
● Intern will be working closely with a mentor from Growing Gardens’ staff who will oversee all daily activities
● Intern will meet with GG mentor every week for the duration of the contract
● Intern will meet with GG supervisor every month for the duration of the contract
● Intern will report at Staff Meetings seasonally
● Interns will have the opportunity to meet with GG staff to learn about programs
Learning Objectives Contract – Developed within first month of internship. This includes: position description, educational objectives, learning activities and skill development.
Evaluation – A midpoint evaluation and end of internship evaluation will include intern self-evaluation, supervisor, and mentor evaluation.
Benefits of Interning with Growing Gardens
● Hands-on experience making a positive impact in the lives of children, teens, and adults.
● Community connections and networking within the burgeoning local food movement.
● Friendly, relaxed environment.
● Develop marketable leadership and management skills.
● Opportunity to participate in various gardening and beekeeping classes
● Access to a wide variety of organic seeds and plant starts.
● Option to garden in the intern community garden plot at the Hawthorn Garden site.
● Access to organic seeds and vegetable starts at a discount.
● Office is centrally located and easily accessed via public transportation.
● $500 stipend awarded at the end of the commitment.
We are looking for a friendly, outgoing person with excellent communications skills and experience in Google Apps, Excel, Word, Adobe Photoshop and knowledge of social media best practices. Our team is easy going and enjoys their work, we’d love for someone with a sense of humor to join us in having fun and doing good in the community. The Marketing & Outreach Intern must be responsible, dedicated and organized. This experience is a great opportunity for someone interested in a job in non-profit marketing, development or community organizing.