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

The Suburban Agriculture Resource Center Internship is a part-time unpaid position for 75 hours (1 credit).  Responsibilities include assisting gardeners and presenting educational information at the Resource Center,  planning and implementing the new Demonstration Gardens in West Chicago, and building gardens for homes in DuPage County.

The GardenWorks Project Suburban Agriculture Resource Center was started in early 2016 to create a reliable way for gardeners in DuPage County to access the tools, materials, and knowledge they need to grow productive gardens. The project has enabled The GardenWorks Project to share our resources directly with the community, and for residents to meet each other and build a stronger movement of growers in the region for the benefit of all residents, including those who rely on food pantries.

The Resource Center will be open to the public two days a week from mid-April to mid-October. For a small, sliding scale fee, individuals and groups can join the project and get access for one year.


  • Serve gardeners seeking supplies and advice while staffing open shifts in our Resource Center in West Chicago

  • Share topical gardening information based on a weekly theme with Resource Center attendees

  • Work alongside other volunteers building gardens for food-insecure families in DuPage County

  • Develop a plan for 12 raised-bed gardens in our Demonstration Gardens in West Chicago which demonstrate traditional and innovative gardening methods, implement plan, and evaluate outputs

Skills Desired:

  • English/Spanish bilingual preferred but not required

  • Ability to engage with individuals of many demographics and histories i.e. youth, elders, immigrants, people without technology access

  • Experience in gardening

  • Ability adapt to changing conditions (weather, volunteer cancellations)

  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather (heat, humidity, rain and cold) and do gardening labor

  • Willingness to work independently and also cooperate as part of a team

  • Positive attitude; engaging personality

  • A commitment to food justice and The GardenWorks Project’s values

Support Offered:

  • Position reports to the Executive Director


  • Part time, 75 hours (1 credit) starting April 1, 2017


  • This is an unpaid, temporary position. The position does not come with benefits. 

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.

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