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Organic Farming Internship - Fall at Growing Gardens - 14024

Job Title: 
Organic Farming Internship - Fall
Growing Gardens
1630 Hawthorn Ave
80304 Boulder , CO ,
US
Job Type: 
Internship
Employment Type: 
Part-Time
Job Description: 

Fall Season 2022
August 16 – October 28

Reports to: Boulder Farm Coordinator
Job Status: Intern
Compensation: Unpaid, qualifies for credit
Location: Boulder, CO
Check out our Internship Digital Booklet!

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Growing Gardens’ mission is to cultivate community through sustainable urban agriculture. Our programs empower people of all ages, income levels, and abilities by connecting them with their local food system, each other, and the environment.

Our organization values the diverse skills and individuals that come together to create a thriving community and workplace. We are committed to the work we do, and bring our best selves each day, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously, have fun, and enjoy the process of doing good in our community. We take care of each other and put people at the center of everything we do.

The Fall Growing Intern will support our growing team in field work including harvesting and preparing produce that is offered to our CSA members, our farm stand, and donations that go out to local food banks. This internship is an excellent opportunity to get a good view of what working on a farm requires, and get your hands dirty, without having to jump all the way in.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Farm Intern Duties
● Assist the farmer and farm coordinator in all aspects of farm operation:
● Operation and maintenance of tools and equipment.
● Installation and operation of irrigation systems.
● Bed preparation, planting, cultivation, and weeding.
● Pest and disease management.
● Harvesting, washing, and packing of crops for CSA, Farm Stand, wholesale accounts and donations.
● Cover cropping
● Maintenance of grounds and site infrastructure.
● Record-keeping
● Assist, teach, and oversee volunteers with greenhouse, wash station, and field-related tasks
● Assist with CSA pick-up, gleaning, and other events (this requires some evening and weekend hours), typically on Wednesday evenings

Knowledge and Skills the Intern May Acquire:

● Small scale organic vegetable production techniques including:
o Soil health
o Irrigation systems planning, implementation, and maintenance
o Direct seeding techniques
o Pest management
o Harvest and post-harvest techniques
● Prep and processing techniques for weekly CSA pickups.
● Experience operating and maintaining tools and equipment.
● Management and leadership experience working with diverse populations.
● Exposure to the operations of a non-profit, community-based organization.

Structure of Internship
● Internship duration is August 16 – October 28, 2022.
● Intern must attend mandatory orientation.
● Intern position is 15 hours per week. These hours will be spread out over two to three days each week.
● One of these days must be a Tuesday or Wednesday from 7AM-3PM. These hours will shift to 8AM-4PM in October.
● Each Intern is supported by a Mentor and a Supervisor.
● Mentor oversees daily activities and supports each Intern’s growth during weekly meetings throughout the duration of the contract

Benefits of Interning with Growing Gardens
● This is an unpaid internship, but qualifies for college credit if desired
● Intern will take home a share of fresh vegetables from the farm as the season permits. This benefit has the value of $25-$35 per week
● Knowledge gained through experience working on and managing a diversified vegetable operation.
● 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 environment, with a passionate and committed team
● Develop marketable teaching, leadership, and management skills.
● Additional training offered through Growing Gardens classes, workshops, and staff shadowing.
● Site is centrally located and easily accessed via public transportation.

A note about working here in the time of Covid-19:

Like everyone around the globe our operations have been challenged by this pandemic. Our work has had to shift at a moments’ notice based on Public Health guidelines and changing priorities for the organization. We ask that interns are understanding of changing schedules and planned work as is necessary.

Qualifications
● Responsible, dedicated, and organized individual.
● Strong work ethic and a passion for learning how to grow food and develop community.
● Ability to hustle and thrive under pressure.
● Physically capable of manual tasks, including lifting 40 pounds.
● Applicants must be CPR and First Aid certified by August 16, 2022.

Please visit http://growinggardens.org/internships/ for full description and more information

Application Instructions: 

To apply:
Send cover letter including your availability and your preferred days of the week you can work and resume, with subject line including your name and “Fall Growing Intern” to Wesley Vaughn: wesley@growinggardens.org
Applications due June 4, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Job Categories: 
Farming/Agriculture