(2) School Garden Internships with The Edible Schoolyard New Orleans

Activism & Community, Education & Schools, Green, Home & Garden, Louisiana

July 10th, 2012

Position Summary

The School Garden Intern will work with the ESY NOLA maintenance team 15-20 hours/week at one school garden (Samuel J Green Charter School OR Langston Hughes Academy) for a 4 month term (August-December).

This position is designed for those hoping to gain entrance to and experience with all aspects of school garden education. The intern works at each school with the gardeners and garden educators to carry out daily gardening tasks and participate in the development of the seasonal gardens. For this position, no prior experience or gardening skills are necessary, we are looking for applicants with a passionate interest in this field, excited to learn through direct experience, and dedicated to working hard and learning along the way.

Through initial garden trainings and working directly with the maintenance teams at each site, the intern will develop a variety of horticultural skills by using organic techniques to maintain a productive vegetable garden for the season. There will also be general landscape maintenance, including planting annual flowers, pruning, and shrub and tree care. The intern will learn how to grow healthy, productive food crops, to assess plant health and solve problems, and to observe and correct aesthetic concerns across the school landscape. These skills will also impart a broad understanding of plant development, soil fertility, crop rotation and seasonality, and pest cycles. By learning practical gardening skills and developing an understanding of the garden as a functioning ecosystem, the intern will experience how garden education works.

Be prepared to work hard (physically), get a little dirty, and encounter bugs and critters. You should also have a good sense of humor and a positive rapport with kids.

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Cafeteria compost collection – develop and maintain systems to effectively collect and remove compostable waste from our school cafeterias daily, at each mealtime
  2. Compost pile maintenance – learn effective skills to build, manage, and turn compost piles to be used in vegetable production
  3. School and cafeteria bouquets – make, distribute, and freshen bouquets in school common areas using flowers grown in the garden
  4. Daily watering – learn effective techniques and understand watering and irrigation systems to carry out daily watering needs
  5. Ongoing gardening tasks and special projects – for specific tasks and skills learned, see below

Other Responsibilities Include:

  1. Weeding and mulching
  2. Clearing and ammending vegetable beds
  3. Transplanting starts and direct sowing vegetables
  4. Pruning trees and perennials
  5. Pest identification and control
  6. Identifying deficiencies and fertilizing appropriately
  7. Harvesting techniques
  8. Assisting in set-up, clean-up, and small groups in garden classes, as needed

Experience & Skills Required: None needed. We are looking for passion, enthusiasm, creativity, flexibility, and dedication to learning and being challenged.

Compensation: This is an unpaid, seasonal position.

The compensation comes from the enormous opportunity to work alongside professionals in this field, and to work in an exciting school garden setting. The position is designed for maximum professional growth, through garden trainings and direct responsibilities. At the end of the internship term, the intern is expected to leave with solid gardening skills and an enriched understanding of urban garden education.

Please send resumes and any questions to denise@esynola.org

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