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

Regional Environmental Council - Community Gardens Internship

Regional Environmental Council - Community 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

This position is a good fit for someone looking to develop/expand their skills in agriculture as well as gain experience working in the non-profit sector. UGROW tasks that will be needed starting in April 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 community gardens sites
  • Work closely with our UGROW Coordinator
  • Work with garden coordinators and gardeners
  • Assist with planting/gardening support, garden event development (including workshops, skill shares, garden tours and community gatherings)
  • Other physical/administrative tasks

Qualifications

  • Experience with gardening
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and enthusiasm for working outdoors
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Reliable transportation required, access to a vehicle is a plus.
  • Ability to work 6-10 hours per week

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

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Volunteers needed through 7/1/2020

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