Green Youth Farm/Chicago Botanic Garden seeks an Intern

22 Jan

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Mid-May through Mid-August 2010

The Green Youth Farm interns will be working as part of a dedicated, energetic team at one of two sustainable farms, working alongside teenagers to produce vibrant young people and delicious organically grown food for underserved communities.


1. Educate teens on organic growing techniques including weeding, watering, planting and harvest

2. Facilitate with team building exercises

3. Supervise field trips

4. Assist with farmer’s markets including stand set-up, selling produce and supervising teens

DEPARTMENT: Community Gardening

REPORTS TO: Coordinators, Manager

POSITION REQUIREMENTS: Work with Chicago’s most innovative horticulture training program for teens, the Green Youth Farm!  Green Youth Farm participants are high school students from underserved communities who learn about principles of sustainable agriculture, teamwork, leadership and entrepreneurship as they cultivate a crop and their own work and career skills.  Four 3 month interns (possibly longer) are required for two sites in North Chicago/Waukegan and Chicago’s west side.  Basic knowledge of horticulture and willingness to work hard are essential.  Experience in working with youth is desirable.  Intern should have valid driver’s license and reliable transportation to and from the Chicago Botanic Garden.  Must be able to lift 50 lbs and be available to work evenings and weekends as needed.

SALARY: $9.00/hour, 30-40 hours/week

CONTACT: efournier (at)

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