Internships

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.

 

 

Gateway Greening Practicum

Practicums

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

 

School Program 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

Youth Garden Outreach Focus

  • Visit and survey youth gardens to learn about challenges and successes of their programs
  • Facilitate communication and relationships between different youth gardens

Elementary School Garden Focus

  • Collaborate with Gateway Greening Youth Educator to plan lessons for the school garden that build on classroom instruction
  • Lead or assist Youth Educator in teaching weekly garden-based lessons, availability should be between 9-4pm most days

Curriculum Development Focus

  • Assist in researching and creating lesson plans for the Gateway Greening Seed-to-STEM K-5 curriculum
  • Create and compile assessments of student learning and garden engagement during Gateway Greening Seed-to-STEM program

Summer Program Focus

  • Assist in creating garden -based learning activities for summer programs
  • Lead weekly garden based activities, availability should be between 9-4pm most days

Middle School Education Focus

  • Collaborate with School Programs Manager to create Middle-School garden-based lessons, focusing on leadership development and community-building
  • Assist in teaching weekly garden-based lessons, availability should be between 9-4pm 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

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.

Community Projects and Orchard 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

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.

 

 

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