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Garden Intern

By January 1, 2011General

Each internship is a six-month position and may be renewed for a second season. Reporting to the education director, the garden program intern is responsible for assisting with weekly educational programs and administrative tasks, assisting in maintenance of the children’s garden and care for farm animals, staffing the farmers market stand and additional weekend programs, and assisting with other tasks as needed. In turn, the program assistant receives training in pedagogical techniques for teaching gardening, cooking, and natural science; in basic organic gardening; and in the marketing and sales of organic produce. The interns are trained in part by a Katchkie Farm staff member skilled in farming techniques for the children’s garden. At the end of the program, the program intern is prepared to continue working in the farm-based education field.
Specific garden intern tasks performed under the supervision of the Education Director:•    Planning for, preparing and leading garden activities during education programs•    Maintenance of children’s garden and chicken coop•    Harvesting as well as post-harvest care of fruits, vegetables and flowers as needed•    Compost building and application•    Greenhouse care•    Communicating with kitchen staff to determine their needs.
Objective: This program provides key support for on- and off-farm educational programs that benefit children and teenagers. It also offers opportunities for the development of the interns’ skills thus preparing them for further work in the farm to school field.
Desired Qualifications:•    Degree or work experience in education, natural sciences, nutrition, horticulture, outdoor recreation, or related field (preferred)•    Strong interest in working with children and food•    Hard-working, motivated, focused, conscientious•    A cooperative work ethic•    Ability to work long hours and to perform physical, outdoor jobs in all weather (hot, cold, humid, rainy)Five-day work week May; six-day work week June–mid-October.
Compensation: $1,600/month, along with produce and eggs from the farm.
To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and names and phone numbers of 3 references to Karyn Novakowski, Education Director, The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm, karyn.novakowski@sylviacenter.org.