Garden Support & Education Internship

Big Green is a national nonprofit dedicated to building a nationwide network of learning garden programs to ensure all kids have a healthier future. We believe that real food has the power to improve the health and well-being of every person and create a more sustainable future.  

Since 2011, Big Green has provided a real food education to students in underserved schools across the country. We have grown from a handful of Learning Gardens and a staff of five in our hometown of Boulder, Colorado, to over 400 schools and a growing team in Chicago, Los Angeles, Memphis, Indianapolis, Denver, and Detroit.

Position Description

 Garden Support & Education interns support program activities in participating schools to ensure they have the skills, materials, and confidence to successfully grow vegetables and teach in their Learning Garden.  As an intern, you’ll work closely with a small regional team consisting of a Program Manager, Garden Educators, and Program Assistants, and may have the opportunity to interact with various members of the Home Office team.

 Our select group of interns get to develop hands-on teaching, gardening, presentation, and environmental education skills.  In the spring, the majority of your time is spent supporting garden events (i.e., Planting or Harvest Days) and the pre/post work that goes along with these events.  Summer interns may work directly with an assigned school supporting the implementation of our Real Food Lab Summer Practicum.  Interns may also assist in the follow-up reporting that is required for these events.  

Intern duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Event Participation: support with planning & facilitation of events, including but not limited to: Kick Off Days, Planting Days, Harvest Days, School Staff Introductions to the Garden, and Visual Assessments of Garden Growth
  • Support regional team in ongoing data entry tasks
  • Overseeing regional deliveries & material distribution 
  • Provide Big Green presence at back to school nights & other school community events
  • Participation in regular staff meetings

Knowledge & Skills Intern Will Develop
  • Confidence with educating students from ECE through High School
  • Communication skills within a regional team & with external partners
  • Basic organic gardening & irrigation skills
  • Public speaking/Presentation
  • Event Facilitation 
  • Operations/Logistics
  • Experience working in the non-profit sector

  • Motivated, organized, and possess good communication skills
  • Access to a reliable vehicle (mileage reimbursement will be provided)
  • Must be able to pass a background check
  • Preference will be given to those with interest or experience in gardening, education, food systems, and/or food literacy

Physical Requirements
  • Occasionally lift/carry objects up to 50 pounds
  • Occasionally stoop, bend, or reach/grasp with arms & hands
  • Work involves exposure to outdoor conditions including cold & warm weather, rain, & sun

Position Details
  • Big Green can be flexible with the duration of the internship, but we are looking for someone available during our busiest season, February - May. We are also open to interns working from May - August.  
  • Interns can expect between 10-20 hours of work weekly, dependent on event schedules at that time. Events typically happen between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.  We are also flexible to working with interns to meet academic requirements. 
  • Interns will report to an assigned manager in the regional office
  • Interns may occasionally be required to work outside normal hours or on the weekends, depending on event schedule

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