Environmental Education Internship

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Saturday, January 7, 2017, 12:30am



Boulder, CO
United States

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Environmental Educator
Full Season 2017 Internship
March 1 – October 31

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 plants, the land and each other. Growing Gardens unites the Boulder County community through urban agriculture projects, such as: The Cultiva Youth Project (Ages 12 – 19), The Children’s Peace Garden (Ages 3 – 11), Community Classes, Growing Gardens Food Project, and the Community Gardens, and our Community Orchard.

Full Season Environmental Education Interns gain incredible hands-on experience teaching and learning in our programs as they develop essential skills for effective environmental education. Throughout this full season internship, Environmental Educators improve their teaching technique through practice, reflection, and feedback. Environmental Educators spend most of their time directly teaching Field Trips, After School Garden Club, Summer Camps, and Classroom Visits for the Children’s Peace Garden (CPG). The Children’s Peace Garden Program teaches children environmental stewardship, nutrition education, respect for diversity, and creative self-expression to nurture a healthy, happy and well balanced child. 6,900 children from ages 3-11 participate in CPG programming.  Environmental Education Interns teach engaging hands-on activities about organic gardening practices, the garden as a source of food and how to prepare simple, nutritious food from the garden.

In addition to teaching in the Peace Garden, Full Season Environmental Education Interns gain experience teaching in the Horticultural Therapy (HT) program.  These programs primarily serve persons with special needs and elders but we welcome all in the community.  Environmental Education Interns have the opportunity to co-lead these programs at off-site facilities as well as various on-site field trips at the gardens.

During the summer months, Environmental Education Interns gain experience mentoring teenagers who participate in the Cultiva Youth Project. Interns work alongside Cultiva teenages while helping them develop leadership skills, learn about sustainable agriculture, and cultivate entrepreneurial and life skills.

Education Interns will gain hands-on experience and knowledge about vegetable production helping in the greenhouse, Children’s Garden, and Cultiva fields. 

Environmental Education Intern Duties:

Teaching in Children’s Peace Garden, Horticultural Therapy and the Cultiva Youth Project:

  • Work closely with the Program Coordinator to teach Field Trips, After School Garden Club, Classroom Visits and Summer Camps in Children’s Peace Garden
  • Teach the following gardening skills during field trips to the garden site and visits to local schools: Community, Plants and Planting, Insects and Pollination, Composting, Harvesting, Preparing, and Eating.
  • Once trained in all curricula, independently manage field trips, classroom visits, After School Garden Club, summer camp, and volunteer activities
  • Conduct surveys and document attendance at all programs
  • Document activities through photography for reports, grant proposals and marketing
  • Attend intern trainings
  • Mentor the Cultiva teens during summer programming
  • Assist with development of training for Cultiva teens who will assist in the Children’s Peace Garden summer camps
  • Mentor Cultiva participants who assist with teaching summer camps
  • Co-teach classes to Seniors and people with disabilities, participating in Horticultural Therapy classes as needed

Community Outreach:

  • Assist with marketing for programming
  • Train volunteers to to teach in the garden
  • Positively interact with the public during community outreach events
  • Lead tours of the Growing Gardens Site to groups and individual volunteers

Event Participation:

  • Assist with three weekend Plant Sales in May
  • Assist with planning and teaching during Earth Day Event in April
  • Assist with Cultiva Farm Dinner in August
  • Assist with the Community Harvest Festival in September

Environmental Education Interns are responsible for other duties as assigned, to engage with, and learn from, the Growing Gardens non-profit organization and community.

Knowledge and Skills the Intern Will Develop:


  • Teaching  and co-teaching wide range of audiences in a garden-based setting including teaching techniques, group management strategies, and differentiation.
  • Teaching Growing Gardens’ Environmental Education curriculum including field trips, summer camps, horticultural therapy, after school garden club, and classroom visits
  • Teaching gardening skills and related topics
  • Cultivating leadership skills for teenagers in a farm work environment
  • Effective communication strategies
  • Effective feedback strategies including professional and peer-to-peer
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to work effectively in a dynamic environment including comfort with changing tasks
  • Cultivate a positive learning environment for all audiences including diverse populations
  • Contribute as facilitator and active member of a professional learning community
  • Program evaluation

Gardening and Agriculture:

  • Basic small-scale organic vegetable production techniques
  • Seeding, Transplanting, and Propagation
  • Garden care through the seasons
  • Vermicomposting
  • Honeybees
  • Garden Insects
  • Pollination
  • Gleaning
  • Harvesting

Structure of Internship

  • Internship duration is March 1 – October 31, 2017
  • Intern position is 40 hours per week.  Note: hours may vary between weeks, however the average number of hours per week will be 40 hours throughout the internship. Hours primarily take place during the week, however there is some required weekend work
  • Required attendance at seasonal orientation meetings with all GG interns, mentor, intern supervisor and additional GG staff
  • Each Intern is supported by a Mentor and Supervisor
  • Mentor oversees daily activities and supports each Intern’s growth during weekly meetings throughout the duration of the contract
  • Interns meet with Supervisor every month for the duration of the contract
  • Interns will attend and contribute to Growing Gardens’ All Staff Meetings once per season (3 times total)

Learning Objectives Contract – Each Intern will develop a Learning Objectives contract with their Supervisor and Mentor by the second week of the internship. This contract includes: position description, educational objectives, learning objectives, and skill development.  

Evaluation – To support the Intern’s growth during the internship, the Mentor and Supervisor will provide an opportunity for midpoint evaluation and end of internship evaluation. Evaluations include Intern self-evaluation, Mentor and Supervisor evaluations, and post-evaluation discussion.

Additional Benefits of Interning with Growing Gardens:

  • Hands-on experience making a positive impact in the lives of children, teens and adults
  • Friendly, relaxed environment
  • Good experience; develops marketable teaching and group leading skills
  • Additional training offered through Growing Gardens classes, workshops, and staff shadowing
  • Access to a wide variety of organic seeds and plant starts
  • Shared garden plot with other GG Interns in the Hawthorn Community Garden
  • Fresh vegetables from the garden as the season permits
  • Garden is located with easy access to public transportation
  • Monthly stipend of $800
  • 1 week paid vacation
  • and so much more!!!!!!!!


Growing Gardens is seeking individuals who are excited to gain skills and experience teaching and learning in a community of motivated garden-based educators! Interns will bring some prior experience engaging youth, and much excitement to teach in an engaging and dynamic environment. The intern must be excited to work outside in all weather conditions, and be able to serve as a mature, healthy role model for children and teens. Interns love working collaboratively with a team and can work effectively independent of supervision. Interns do not need prior gardening or farming experience but they must have interest in developing skills and knowledge in this area. Interns must demonstrate responsibility, reliability, and organization skills.

Applicants must hold certifications in medication administration, CPR and First Aid by March 1, 2017. This intern position is contingent upon the satisfactory results of background check. Applicants must have also have 480 documented hours of experience working with children.

(full description including all available internships posted at http://www.growinggardens.org/internships)

How to Apply:

Applications are due by January 7, 2017 and will remain open until filled and will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Send cover letter, resume, and completed application to Rachel Cadwallader-Staub at rachel@growinggardens.org

(Application also found here: http://www.growinggardens.org/internships)