Three internships for the Youth Garden Project in Moab, Utah, 2012

Youth Garden Project in Moab UtahThree internships for the Youth Garden Project in Moab, Utah, 2012 The Youth Garden Project (YGP) is a non-profit organization in Moab, Utah with a mission of cultivating children, families and community through educational programs and the profound act of connecting people with food from seed to table.  Our 2 acres of land includes 64 garden beds, a CSA plot, an orchard, a greenhouse and grow dome, chickens and rabbits, a commercial kitchen, indoor classroom space and several unique outdoor classroom areas. YGP offers both school-based and out-of-school programs for youth using the garden as a teaching tool and incorporates interdisciplinary lessons into programs for all ages. Produce is grown using organic methods and then sold at the Moab Farmers’ Market, to local restaurants, to the natural food store and used in our programs.  Learning opportunities are available to everyone including youth of all ages, interns, volunteers and adult community members. To learn about the internships and how to apply click "read more"

Internships: Internship 1- Garden Intern Internship Starts: March 5, 2012 (spring session) June 4, 2012 (summer session) August 20, 2012(fall session) Internship Ends: June 8, 2012 (spring session) August 24, 2012 (summer session) November 9, 2012 (fall session) Number of Open Positions: 6 App Deadline: Open until filled Internship Details: Interns will be expected to make at least a 3-month commitment or if possible, stay on for a longer portion of the growing season.  Interns will work 40-hours a week.  Duties include tending to the chickens, composting, weeding, canning, planting, harvesting, processing produce, structure building, caring for the orchard, and working the local farmer’s market.  We also participate in a variety of local community events that interns may be required to attend/work. Skills Desired:  No previous gardening experience is necessary, but we expect interns to be able and willing to work hard and possess a strong desire to learn.  We are looking for individuals interested in learning not only how to grow food organically, but also the process of taking food from seed to table. Education Opportunities: The Youth Garden Project focuses on learning-by-doing as well as the possibility of self-directed learning opportunities. In addition to growing, harvesting and working the local farmer’s market, interns will also be given the opportunity to learn how to preserve garden produce.  We have an on site commercial kitchen which allows us to prepare and then sell our value-added canned goods.  Our garden also provides a small number of CSA shares to the Moab community. As part of their work here, interns will have the opportunity to learn and assist with the operation of a production garden.  Interns will also have their own garden space allowing them to put into practice the skills they acquire while working at the Youth Garden Project. To Apply: E-mail an attached resume to Kelly Smith at farmer@youthgardenproject.org Internship 2- Garden Classroom Educator Internship Starts: April 2, 2012 (spring session), TBD (fall session) Internship Ends:  June 1, 2012 (spring session), TBD (fall session) Number of Interns: 1 per session App Deadline: open until filled Internship Description: We are looking for an individual that is interested in working with children in a hands-on, outdoor setting within our Garden Classroom and After School programs. During our Garden Classroom Program kids K-6 come to the Youth Garden Project to learn and immerse themselves in a lesson that correlates with Utah Core Curriculum standards. We primarily focus on sciences and use the Garden as a teaching and learning tool. We have an informal after school program 2 days a week, one for 2nd and 3rd graders, and one for 4-6th graders. Students come for about 1.5hrs and participate in various fun, educational activities and play in the garden. In the latter part of the internship the applicant should expect to be involved with the Youth Garden Project beyond its programs. When the Garden Classroom program ends the intern will work alongside other interns and gardeners out in the field on the days when there is no afterschool program or before afterschool program begins. Duties will include various garden tasks such as weeding, planting, feeding the animals, working our plant sale, watering, caring for the orchard, and more! Skills Desired: Intern must be responsible; reliable; have good management, personal, and organizational skills; enthusiasm, and an interest in experiential education.  Intern must have an open mind and willingness to be involved with the Youth Garden Project beyond its programs and work in the garden. No previous gardening /farming experience is required for this internship, but we expect applicants to possess a strong desire to learn. Applicants that have prior experience in teaching/managing children or a background in education are preferred. Educational Opportunities: • Gain experience teaching elementary-aged students • Build experience teaching hands-on science • Learn about how a garden can be used as a teaching tool •  Build relationships with students and teachers •Learn what it’s like to connect children with gardens, food, and community • Learn about the function of  our organization in the Moab community• Learn about gardening/farming • Participating in garden tasks (weeding, planting, watering, feeding the animals, etc) • Community event involvement • And more! To Apply: E-mail Kaitlin Harris with an attached resume at programs@youthgardenproject.org Internship 3- Summer Camp Instructor Intern Internship Starts: June 4, 2012 Internship Ends:  August 31, 2012 Number of Open Positions: 2 App Deadline: open until filled Internship Description: We are looking for an individual that is interested in working with children in a hands-on, outdoor setting within our Summer Camp program. The Youth Garden Project summer camp is Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm and takes place almost every week of summer vacation. Approximately 24 children come to the garden each week and participate in a variety of activities throughout the day that correlate with each week’s theme.  Our summer camp enrollment is open to students entering 1st grade through 6th grade. The Youth Garden Project summer camp is a major resource for working parents and highly utilized in the Moab community. It is a fun, safe, educational, nurturing environment for kids to spend their summer days. Our summer camp is taught by two Program Instructors. The Program Instructors write and implement the lesson plans for summer camp, with guidance from the Program Coordinator, that include garden-based themes and activities. The Program Instructors work together with two Instructor Interns to run and facilitate the summer camp program. Program Instructors and Interns are with the children all day long and spend time building relationships with kids, teaching, nurturing, and keeping the children safe all while in the garden setting. We are searching for two Instructor Interns. The role of the Instructor Intern is to work closely with the summer campers as well as help out Program Instructors. Interns will help manage children, ensure overall smoothness of the summer camp day, work alongside Program Instructors to help teach the children, build relationships/rapport with the youth that attend and help them to learn and connect to the garden. Skills Desired: Intern must be responsible; reliable; have good management, personal, and organizational skills; enthusiasm, and an interest in experiential education.  We are looking for someone who is creative, has a positive attitude, is a hard and dedicated worker, and highly values the importance of team work. Applicants that have prior experience in teaching/managing children or a background in education will be given preference. Educational Opportunities: • Gain experience teaching elementary-aged students • Become active in the experiential education field • Learn about how a garden can be used as a teaching tool •  Build relationships with Moab’s youth •Learn what it’s like to connect children with gardens, food, and community • Learn about the function of  our organization in the Moab community• Have fun with children in a safe and educational setting outside of school  • Learn about implementing children’s summer programs • Community event involvement • And more! To Apply: E-mail Kaitlin Harris with an attached resume at programs@youthgardenproject.org Internship Compensation: Housing: All interns are provided shared housing within walking/biking distance from the Garden. Meals: No traditional meals will be served but interns will be given a small plot of land to garden for a supplemental food source Stipend: $100/month

2 Comments on Three internships for the Youth Garden Project in Moab, Utah, 2012

  1. I am recovering from a back injury. I am not sure that I can do the work required of an intern. I have a few years of gardening experience. I was a safety instructor in my “last life”. I want to be productive and make a positive difference in my world. Do you have any needs/suggestions?

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