Community Gardening Internship

  • Meets Regularly (~15 hrs+ monthly)
  • Resource Center
    103 W Washington St
    West Chicago, IL 60185
    United States
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  • Jeannie Iseman

The Community Garden Program Internship is a seasonal, temporary position. The position will help establish and maintain a community garden in West Chicago for the purposes of civic engagement and promoting health and well-being in the community. The intern will be responsible for organizing the season’s garden build, recruit a team of volunteers, and build partnerships with area organizations to promote the program.

At harvest, the intern will determine a course of action for the proceeds of the harvest to promote nutrition and better health for the greater community. Finally, the intern will supervise five area community gardens in the area, and provide a comprehensive report on their successes and challenges, best-practices of the community gardening movement, and also compare other like-minded organizations working in the community gardening arena. The intern will report directly to the Executive Director, and support by completing the responsibilities listed below, along with any additional duties as assigned.   

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Strong organizational and time-management skills.
  • Must be flexible in regard to work hours. Some evening and weekend work required.
  • Ability to drive, preferred if equipped with a reliable vehicle.
  • Physical needs of the job: sitting, standing and lifting.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather (heat, humidity, rain and cold) and ability to pick up.
  • Willingness to work independently and also cooperate as part of a team.
  • A commitment to food justice and The GardenWorks Project’s mission.

Position Title: Community Garden Program

Intern Position Reports to: Executive Director

Employment Status: Temporary, UNPAID

Start Date: May 1, 2018- September 1, 2018

About The GardenWorks Project:

The GardenWorks Project is a suburban agriculture non-profit serving DuPage County. Our mission is to empower, educate, and promote organic suburban agriculture to improve the wellbeing of our community, the environment, and families facing food insecurity. We support all gardeners in their efforts to grow and prepare food for themselves and their neighbors in need.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The GardenWorks Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race,

color, religion, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or belief. The GardenWorks Project has a zero tolerance policy for sexism, racism, and xenophobia. We believe there is a place in the garden for all. We will offer resources and support to gardeners to create the world we want to see - well-nourished and free from hate, discrimination, and harassment.

To Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit their resume and cover letter electronically to Jeannie Iseman at (please note position title in your subject line) or by mail to GardenWorks Project, PO Box 615, West Chicago, IL 60186.

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