Ready to do something special?

Like plants? What about actually making a difference in someone’s life? Pursuing an internship with Gateway Greening is a great way to make that difference. You’ll join a motivated, fun and passionate team of people who make a difference every day.

 

Practicums

To apply for a practicum with us, please submit a completed Practicum Application, resume, and cover letter to our Manager of Volunteers

Youth Garden Practicum

Gateway Greening supports more than 60 school and youth focused gardens. These gardens allow youth to learn through hands-on activities, experience healthy food, and contribute to a garden that improves their school or community. In a Youth Garden Practicum, the student will develop and/or lead and evaluate garden-based activities at youth-focused gardens.

Depending on the student’s interests and site availability, the focus of the practicum may be on working with a youth educator to facilitate programming at a school garden, an after school program, summer camp, daycare, or early childhood education center.

Internships

To apply for an internship with us, please submit a completed Intern application, resume, and cover letter to our Manager of Volunteers.  at 314.588.9600 ext. 110.

Communication & Design Intern

About this Position

The Communications & Design position ensures proper awareness of the organization through both print and digital communications, creates all needed design work, and assists in fundraising and event planning efforts.

Internship Duties

  • Photograph Gateway Greening events and volunteer days
  • Conduct informal interviews
  • Create E-Blasts through Constant Contact
  • Be a major contributor to the event planning of Chefs in a Garden, Gateway Greening’s main fundraising event
  • Create blog and social media posts
  • Maintain a clear, succinct and active voice for written entries
  • Assist with creation of any graphic/promotional material

 

Knowledge & Skills this Intern May Acquire

  • Knowledge and understanding of successful design
  • Knowledge of community gardening and urban agriculture
  • Experience with non-profit communication strategies
  • Experience with event planning

 

Desired Skills & Resources Required

  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Strong knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, In-Design, Photoshop)
  • Strong understanding of social media
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to follow through on tasks
  • Ability to work independently but communicate as needed for guidance and clarification

 

Structure of Internship

  • Timeline: May-August
  • Hours/week: 20+
  • Intern will be supervised by Communications & Design Coordinator
  • Orientation meeting with intern supervisor, GGI staff and fellow interns
  • Opportunity to shadow staff at volunteer orientations and general program activities

 

Learning Objectives Contract: Developed by second week of internship to include educational objectives, learning activities and skill development

Evaluation: A midpoint evaluation and end-of-internship evaluation will include intern self-evaluation and supervisor evaluation.

 

Benefits of Interning with Gateway Greening

  • Practical knowledge of gardening and urban agriculture
  • Experience making a positive impact in the lives of a diverse population
  • Building relationships with community development and agricultural professionals
  • Access to free, fresh local produce

Demonstration Garden Intern

About this Position

The Demonstration Garden Intern will assist with the maintenance and improvement of these facilities, help direct volunteers, and participate in providing the services offered at the facilities.  This internship will also include an intern project.

Internship Duties

  • Work with Garden Program Manager to determine a dedicated intern project, for which intern will take lead responsibility
  • Assist in maintaining and improving the Gateway Greening Demonstration Garden and Carriage House
    • This could include planting, watering, and harvesting crops, cleaning the facility, pruning shrubs and trees, and maintaining the chicken coop and caring for chickens.  This can also include identifying and/or implementing new crops or techniques to demonstrate
  • Help provide services available at the Demonstration Garden and Carriage House
    • Restock seed cabinet, clean and inventory tools, record and process plant sale information
  • Assist with preparing the sites for Saturday events
  • Help with Gateway Greening’s Demonstration Garden on Saturday’s

Knowledge & Skills this Intern May Acquire

  • Vegetable gardening skills (planting and maintenance)
  • Basic construction and tool use
  • How to work with volunteers
  • What’s involved in running a demonstration garden and tool loan program
  • How to run plant and seed sales

Desired Skills & Resources Required

  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather
  • Ability to do physically demanding work and lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Willingness to work among diverse populations and environments
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to follow through on tasks
  • Ability to work independently but communicate as needed for guidance and clarification

Structure of Internship

  • Timeline: The first week of March through the first week of November
  • 20 hours per week (hours may vary per week and can be adjusted based on intern needs)
  • Intern will be supervised by GGI’s Garden Program Manager
  • Intern will receive an orientation with intern supervisor
  • Interns will have the opportunity to shadow staff at orientations and meetings, if it fits with their objectives

Learning Objectives Contract:  Developed by second week of internship to include educational objectives, learning activities, and skill development

Evaluation: A midpoint evaluation and end-of-internship evaluation will include intern self-evaluation and supervisor evaluation.

Benefits of Interning with Gateway Greening

  • Hands-on experience making a positive impact in the lives of a diverse population
  • Learn what’s involved in running a demonstration garden and providing services to gardeners
  • Opportunity to gain experience in gardening, composting, and urban poultry keeping
  • Friendly, relaxed non-profit environment

Youth Garden Intern

About this Position

Gateway Greening supports close to 60 school- and youth-focused gardens.  These gardens allow youth to learn through hands-on activities, experience healthy food, and contribute to a garden that improves their school or community.

A Youth Garden Intern will support and/or lead garden-based activities at youth-focused gardens. Depending on the intern’s interests and site availability, the focus of the internship may be on working with a youth educator to facilitate lessons at a school garden, working with an after school program, summer camp, daycare, or early childhood education center to lead garden-based activities.

Interns may also assist with annual site visits, connecting with garden leaders in order to update Gateway Greening’s records and gain insight about successful garden use.

Internship Duties

General Garden Education

  • Research hands-on gardening and nutrition activities
  • Answer gardening questions or refer questions to Gateway Greening staff
  • Report any gardening or educational needs to Gateway Greening staff

School Garden Focus

  • Collaborate with Youth Educator and/or teacher to plan lessons for the school garden that build on classroom instruction in core curricular areas
  • Lead weekly garden-based lessons, availability should be between 9-4 pm most days.

After School Focus

  • Assist in creating garden-based learning activities for after-school youth garden programs
  • Lead weekly garden-based lessons, availability should be between 3-6 pm most days.

Summer Program Focus

  • Assist in creating garden-based learning activities for summer programs (i.e. day camps)
  • Lead weekly garden-based lessons, availability should be between 9-4 pm most days.

Early Childhood Garden Focus

  • Assist in creating garden-based learning activities for after-school youth garden programs
  • Lead weekly garden-based lessons, availability should be between 9-4 pm most days.

Knowledge & Skills this Intern May Acquire

  • Teaching Skills
  • Educational activity planning
  • Communication skills
  • Vegetable gardening skills (planting and maintenance)

Desired Skills & Resources Required

  • Enjoys working with youth
  • Desire to learn gardening and educational skills
  • Comfortable speaking with a diverse range of people
  • Ability to adapt educational activities to the needs of youth at each school or youth garden facility
  • Valid driver’s license and use of a personal cell phone
  • Availability dictated by focus area

Structure of Internship

  • Timeline: Spring (March to May), Summer (June-Aug), or Fall (September – November)
  • 3-15 hours per week
  • Percent time spent:
    • Leading garden activities 70%
    • Research and planning 30%
  • Interns will receive Gateway Greening Orientation
  • Interns will participate in weekly program meeting and monthly all staff meeting if their hours allow
  • Midterm assessment and final evaluation will be completed with supervisor

Benefits of Interning with Gateway Greening

  • Make a positive impact on the lives of youth
  • Develop marketable skills, in organization, communication, and education
  • Network with school and community gardens
  • Learn about gardening and urban farming operations in the St. Louis area
  • Learn the key points of developing and maintaining a successful youth garden program
Community Garden Intern

About this Position

The Community Garden Intern will assist in all components of providing the support services we offer to these gardens.  This includes working in our demonstration garden, prepping award materials, meeting with garden groups, and planning and documenting services and outcomes.  

Internship Duties

  • Assist with garden awards and installations
    • This can include purchasing materials, assisting with construction of garden infrastructure, and working with staff, volunteers, and garden groups to make this happen
  • Assist in the recording and tracking of data related to garden projects
    • This can include distributing, conducting, and processing annual surveys via email, phone, or in person.  
    • Perform site visits with garden projects, acting as a representative of Gateway Greening
  • Help with Gateway Greening’s Demonstration Garden on Saturday’s
    • This includes interacting and working with staff, and diverse groups of volunteers and the general public to maintain the demonstration plantings, assist staff in providing services, and answering questions.

Knowledge & Skills this Intern May Acquire

  • Vegetable gardening skills (planting and maintenance)
  • Basic construction and tool use
  • What’s involved in making a community agricultural project sustainable
  • How to work with volunteers

 

Desired Skills & Resources Required

  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather
  • Ability to do physically demanding work and lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Willingness to work among diverse populations and environments
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to follow through on tasks
  • Ability to work independently but communicate as needed for guidance and clarification

Structure of Internship

  • Timeline
    • Spring: Mid January – Mid May
    • Summer: Mid May – August
    • Fall: September – Mid December
  • 20 hours per week (hours may vary per week and can be adjusted based on intern needs)
  • Intern will be supervised by GGI’s Garden Program Manager
  • Intern will receive an orientation with intern supervisor
  • Interns will have the opportunity to shadow staff at orientations and meetings, if it fits with their objectives

Learning Objectives Contract:  Developed by second week of internship to include educational objectives, learning activities, and skill development

Evaluation: A midpoint evaluation and end-of-internship evaluation will include intern self-evaluation and supervisor evaluation.

Benefits of Interning with Gateway Greening

  • Hands-on experience making a positive impact in the lives of a diverse population
  • Learn what’s involved in developing and sustaining a community agriculture project
  • Opportunity to gain experience in gardening, composting, and urban poultry keeping
  • Friendly, relaxed non-profit environment
  • Building relationships with community development and agricultural professionals
  • Access to free, fresh local produce
Volunteer Development Intern

About this Position

GGI operates three core programs, including the Community Garden Program, the Youth Garden Program, and the Gateway Greening Urban Farm. Through these programs, we support more than 220 active community and youth gardens with educational and material resource assistance and harvest more than 15,000 lbs. of food at the Gateway Greening Urban Farm annually. We simply could not do what we do without volunteer support.

On average, GGI annually hosts more than 300 short-term and long-term individual volunteers and Master Gardeners, in addition to coordinating approximately more than 100 one-time volunteer groups comprised of more than 4,000 total individuals. The focus of this internship will be to:

Internship Duties

  • Assist garden leaders in preparing for one-time volunteer groups at garden sites; attend and help leaders facilitate one-time volunteer group work days
  • Document volunteer successes and stories for inclusion in volunteer communications
  • Participate in volunteer orientations and collect paperwork for newly active volunteers
  • Assist with tracking and logging volunteer hours
  • Lead tours of the Demonstration Garden on Bell Avenue and other GGI program sites to groups and individual volunteers
  • Work alongside volunteers to prep for the Plant Sale
  • Research, register for and attend tabling and outreach opportunities to promote GGI programming
  • Develop and implement volunteer recognition programs, social events and/or focus groups
  • Event planning, promotion and facilitation; Donation solicitation

 

Knowledge & Skills this Intern May Acquire

  • Public speaking competencies
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to organize work and volunteer groups
  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment: this includes being comfortable changing tasks, working/leading diverse groups, feeling confident with a diverse population
  • Create positive atmosphere for the interaction of diverse populations
  • Develop an ability to anticipate work and volunteer needs and gain the confidence needed to lead
  • Gain horticultural skills and understanding of small scale food production and garden maintenance
  • Event planning and fundraising experience

 

Desired Skills & Resources Required

  • Valid driver’s license and ability to use personal cell phone required
  • Flexibility to attend occasional evening or weekend events
  • Willingness to work among diverse populations and environments
  • Experience with horticulture or vegetable production desired
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to follow through on tasks
  • Ability to work independently but communicate as needed for guidance and clarification
  • Willingness to share resources will fellow staff and interns

 

Structure of Internship

  • Timeline: Flexible, can be anytime throughout the year, divided up seasonally or by semester
  • 20 hours per week
  • Intern will be directly supervised by GGI Volunteer and Outreach Manager
  • Orientation meeting with intern supervisor, GGI staff and fellow interns
  • Opportunity to shadow staff at volunteer orientations and general program activities

 

Learning Objectives Contract: Developed by second week of internship to include educational objectives, learning activities and skill development

Evaluation: A midpoint evaluation and end-of-internship evaluation will include intern self-evaluation and supervisor evaluation.

 

Benefits of Interning with Gateway Greening

  • Hands-on experience making a positive impact in the lives of a diverse population
  • Access to free, fresh local produce
  • Access to a wide variety of heirloom and heritage seeds and seedlings
  • Excellent non-profit experience

 

 

Have questions? Please email our Manager of Volunteers or call us at 314.588.9600 ext. 110.