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Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

Regional Environmental Council - School Gardens Internship

Organizational Overview

The Regional Environmental Council is a grassroots environmental and food justice organization that has been working in Worcester since 1971. The UGROW (Urban Garden Resources of Worcester) program is a grassroots, citywide Community gardens network. UGROW is founded on the belief that together we can help create community food security by growing food in our own neighborhoods. UGROW began in 1995 with 1 garden and 1 volunteer gardener with a vision to grow food in the city. Since that time, the network has grown to include 60 community gardens throughout the city of Worcester involving more than 600 volunteer gardeners.  18 of these 60 gardens are school gardens—connecting young people to gardening on the campuses of Worcester Public Schools. 

Project Overview
REC’s School Gardens program is seeking an intern to support school garden programming, for our network of 20 school gardens throughout the city of Worcester. Schools in our network receive free workshops based around garden education, free seedlings and compost in the spring, and year-round garden support. Tasks include supporting gardeners at their sites, working on physical infrastructure, dropping off seedlings, some light data entry, and supporting general garden upkeep.

All internships are unpaid but provide invaluable insight into: urban agriculture, food justice, environmental justice, non-profit management, and customer service. Interns will learn what it is like working in a hugely diverse city like Worcester and the importance of honoring food justice by working in low-income, food-insecure neighborhoods. Interns are an integral part to the success of the REC’s programs and are part of what makes our programs sustainable. If available through your educational institution, the REC is willing to help interns obtain credit for their work with us. 

 

Responsibilities

  • Support garden management needs at our school gardens sites
  • Work closely with our Garden Education Fellow
  • Work with garden coordinators and students
  • Assist with planting/gardening support, workshop development
  • Other physical/administrative tasks

Qualifications

  • Experience with gardening
  • Enjoy working with children
  • Ability to work independently, and as part of a team
  • Comfort working outdoors and getting their hands dirty
  • Enthusiastic about local food, food justice, and environmental education
  • Reliable transportation: access to a vehicle a plus
  • Ability to work 6-10 hours per week

To be considered for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to Eliza Lawrence at schoolgardens@recworcester.org. Positions will be filled on a rolling basis.

 

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