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 everyday.

 

For more information or to apply for an internship, contact our Manager of Volunteers at 314.588.9600 ext. 110.

Communication & Design Intern

About this Position

This position has been filled for the summer of 2017. Please contact our Manager of Volunteers, Megan Moncure, for more information about future opportunities as the Communications & Design Intern.

 

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 100 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. The After School Youth Garden Educator will play a vital role in supplementing existing after-school programs by teaching gardening lessons, promoting GGI educational opportunities, and strengthening garden programming.

Internship Duties

Garden Education

  • Assist in creating garden based learning activities for after-school youth garden programs
  • Research hands-on gardening and nutrition activities
  • Lead weekly garden based activities, availability should be between 3-6pm most days

 

Garden Visits

  • Answer gardening questions or refer questions to Gateway Greening staff
  • Report any gardening or educational needs to Gateway Greening staff

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 in grades k-12
  • 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
  • Must be available 3-6pm several days per week

Structure of Internship

  • Timeline: Spring (March to May) 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 Education Intern

About this Position

Gateway Greening (GGI) Community Education provides support and educational opportunities to the Gateway Greening garden network as well as the broader St. Louis community. The program’s overall goal is to make gardening accessible and support gardening efforts. The education assistant will play a vital role in supplementing existing gardening education programs, working directly with seniors, youth, and adults to teach gardening lessons, promoting GGI educational opportunities, and strengthening existing garden sites.

Internship Duties

Education and Marketing

  • Create activities for and publicize field trips at tours at the Demonstration Garden and the Gateway Greening Urban Farm
  • Assist in creating classroom workshops and lessons from existing curricula and resources
  • Lead one-time classroom workshops and lessons
  • Assist in promotion, preparation, and implementation of garden workshops

 

School and Community Outreach

  • Lead volunteer groups in assisting in garden upkeep
  • Table at community, school, and youth outreach events to promote GGI services and educational opportunities
  • Assist in the development of marketing materials promoting GGI services

Knowledge & Skills this Intern May Acquire

  • Teaching Skills
  • Public speaking and communication skills
  • Educational activity planning
  • Plant care and general horticulture
  • Non-profit marketing

Desired Skills & Resources Required

  • Desire to learn gardening and educational skills
  • Comfortable speaking with a diverse range of people
  • Ability to adapt educational activities to the needs of each class and group
  • Comfortable working in outdoor situations under various weather conditions
  • Organized and able to handle and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Must be able to provide vehicle for transportation and to use personal cell phone
  • May be asked to provide personal laptop for office use

Structure of Internship

Timeline:

  • Spring (January – May)
  • Summer (May – August) – Site Visits
  • Fall (September – December)
  • 20 hours per week

Percent time spent:

  • Demonstration Garden 20%
  • Field trips 20%
  • Youth and community education 20%
  • Tabling and outreach 15%
  • Planning, research, and marketing 25%

 

Interns will receive Gateway Greening Orientation. Interns will participate in weekly program meeting and bi-weekly all staff meeting. 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 and seniors
  • Develop marketable skills in public speaking, education, and community outreach
  • Network with school and community gardens
  • Learn about gardening and urban farming operations in the St. Louis area
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
Food Distribution Intern

About this Position

This position has been filled for the summer of 2017. Please contact our Manager of Volunteers, Megan Moncure, for more information about future opportunities as the Food Distribution Intern.

 

The Gateway Greening Urban Farm is an urban agriculture initiative providing job training and therapeutic horticulture to individuals struggling with homelessness. The farm features 48 raised vegetable beds, a native plant nursery, dwarf fruit tree orchard, ornamental shrub borders, drip irrigation, rainwater catch cistern, outdoor classroom, harvest station, tool sheds, composting bins and five bee hives. In 2016, the urban farm grew 15,000 pounds of produce. This food is donated to St. Patrick Center, distributed to Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members, and sold wholesale to St. Louis food access non-profits.

The Food Distribution intern will assist in all elements of produce distribution in addition to having the opportunity to work in all aspects of the farm. This will include leading and working alongside St. Patrick Center Job Training clients, planting and harvest, leading volunteer groups, and putting together an internship project.

Internship Duties

  • Assist the Farm Manager and the Food Distribution Coordinator during harvests, twice a week.
    • Teach & lead harvest procedures with clients and volunteers
    • Supervise produce sorting and packaging
    • Enforce food safety best practices
  • Assist the Food Distribution Coordinator to distribute produce
    • Manage CSA box assembly and distribution
    • Coordinate produce donations
    • Deliver and manage orders to wholesale buyers
    • Maintain records of produce sales, donations and weights
  • Help maintain the Gateway Greening Urban Farm
  • Mowing, watering, weeding building beds, mulching, pruning, irrigation repair, etc.
  • Assist in managing clients, volunteers and visitors
  • Maintain communication & provide produce/sales updates to the Farm Manager

 

Knowledge & Skills this Intern May Acquire

  • Knowledge of fruit & vegetable production
  • Knowledge of local food systems, produce distribution and direct marketing practices
  • Customer service & retail skills
  • Volunteer management skills
  • Knowledge & experience pertaining to issues of homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse and prison release.
  • Experience with diverse clientele and social services

 

Desired Skills & Resources Required

  • Personal vehicle recommended
  • Cell phone 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
  • 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

 

Structure of Internship

  • Timeline: The last week of March through the first week of November
  • Hours/week: 20+
    • Must be available Tuesday and Friday
      • Preferably from 7-3:30pm
    • Occasional additional hours as scheduled
  • Intern will be supervised by Farm Manager and Food Distribution Coordinator
  • Optional project-
    • Examples – creating a class and presenting it, building rainwater cisterns, farms environmental impact, research on different growing techniques, etc.
  • Orientation meeting with intern supervisors, 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 skills 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 in crop production and produce distribution
  • Hands-on 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

Urban Farm Intern

About this Position

This position has been filled for the summer of 2017. Please contact our Manager of Volunteers, Megan Moncure, for more information about future opportunities as the Urban Farm Intern.

 

The Gateway Greening Urban Farm is an urban agriculture initiative providing job training and therapeutic horticulture to individuals struggling with homelessness. The farm features 48 raised vegetable beds, a native plant nursery, dwarf fruit tree orchard, ornamental shrub borders, drip irrigation, rainwater catch cistern, outdoor classroom, harvest station, tool sheds, composting bins and five bee hives.  Food grown at the urban farm is donated to nearby food pantries, distributed to CSA members, and sold wholesale to a variety of food access non-profits.

The Urban Farm intern will have the opportunity to work on all aspects of the farm. This will include leading and working alongside St. Patrick Center Job Training clients, planting, crop maintenance, harvesting, leading volunteer groups, and putting together an internship project.

Internship Duties

  • Assist the Farm Manager in all aspects of crop production
    • Seeding, transplanting, thinning, watering, harvesting, integrated pest management, produce packaging, pruning, etc.
  • Work with Farm Manager to determine a dedicated intern project, for which intern with take lead responsibility.
  • Assist the Food Distribution Coordinator with CSA prep and distribution.
  • Help maintain the Gateway Greening Urban Farm
  • Mowing, watering, weeding, building beds, mulching, pruning, irrigation repair, etc.
  • Assist in managing and leading clients, volunteers and visitors
    • Educate visitors about the urban farm and Gateway Greening, lead clients & volunteers in farm tasks and assist Farm Manager with group supervision.
  • Assist in Gateway Greening events, field trips, guest speaking opportunities, demonstrations and tours

 

Knowledge & Skills this Intern May Acquire

  • Knowledge of fruit & vegetable food production
  • Knowledge of landscaping and horticulture
  • Knowledge and experience pertaining to issues of homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse and prison release
  • Volunteer management skills
  • Experience with diverse clientele and social services
  • Knowledge of local food systems

 

Desired Skills & Resources Required

  • Personal vehicle recommended
  • Cell phone 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
  • 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

 

Structure of Internship

  • Timeline: The last week of March through the first week of November
  • Hours/week: 20+
  • Intern will be supervised by Farm Manager
  • Percent time spent:
    • Urban Farm work: 75%
    • Urban Farm project: 25%
  • Project examples – creating a class and presenting, building rainwater cisterns, crop data analysis, research on different growing techniques, etc.
  • 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 in crop production and ornamental care
  • Hands-on experience making a positive impact in the lives of a diverse population
  • Building relationships with community development and agricultural professionals
  • Working with one of the nation’s largest urban agriculture non-profits
  • 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

Teen Program Intern

About this Position

Gateway Greening runs Dig It, a summer employment program and school year internship for St. Louis youth. Dig It is for young people who want to explore sustainable agriculture, food systems, and food access. We grow urban farmers, community leaders, and healthy, hunger-free communities. Each year, approximately 45 youth come through our programs and receive a combination of pay and high school credit for their work with us. Join the good food movement!

Internship Duties

  • Facilitate on-farm programming for teens, with guidance from supervisor
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to teens
  • Work on Gateway Greening’s Urban Farm
  • Research hands-on topics and collect data related to sustainable, urban agriculture, food access, and teen empowerment as needed

Knowledge & Skills this Intern May Acquire

  • Sustainable farming skills
  • Facilitation & Mentoring Skills
  • Nonprofit program management skills
  • Planning activities & events for large groups

Desired Skills & Resources Required

  • Available during program times
  • Some experience working with teens
  • Interest or some experience in growing food
  • Self-starter
  • Passion for equity and environmental or food justice
  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing circumstances (every day on the farm is an adventure)

Structure of Internship

  • Timeline: Spring (March- May), Summer (June-Aug), or Fall (September to November)
  • 12-16 hours per week minimum, depending on season and availability
    • Spring and Fall Internships occur on Mondays and Wednesdays between 7am and 3pm. You do not need to be available for both days, or for the entire day.
    • Summer Internship occurs Tuesday-Saturday between 7am and 3pm. Availability for the entire day on Tuesdays and at least one other day is required for the summer internship.
  • Percent time spent:
    • Leading activities with teens 25%
    • Farming 25%
    • Planning, preparation, and research 50%
  • Interns will receive Gateway Greening Orientation
  • Interns will participate in bi-weekly program meeting and monthly all staff meeting if possible
  • 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 farming, youth development, and nonprofit program management
  • Learn about the urban farming landscape and stakeholders in St. Louis
  • Take home produce from the farm during the growing season
  • Your independent project ideas are welcomed and can generally be accommodated if they align with our program objectives
  • This internship is unpaid but can be completed for credit in partnership with your academic institution.