Founded in 1971, the Washington Youth Garden (WYG) at the U.S. National Arboretum provides a unique year-round environmental science and food
education program for youth and families. WYG is a project of the Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA), a small non-profit organization located on the grounds of the U.S. National Arboretum, dedicated to enhancing, through private and public sector resources, support for the educational and research programs of the U.S. National Arboretum.
Program and Position Description
Using the garden cycle as a tool, the mission of the Washington Youth Garden is
to inspire children and families to engage in self-discovery, explore relationships
with food and the natural world, and contribute to the health and well-being of
their communities. WYG is comprised of a one acre teaching and demonstration
garden and four core programs — Garden Science, Seed To Supper, Growing
Food…Growing Together and SPROUT (Science Program Reaching OUT). This
is a part-time intern position that will be primarily connected with the SPROUT
program, an outreach program that provides a ninety minute garden-based
experience for local schools and youth-based organizations spring through fall.
Please see our website for information about our other programs.
The intern will work alongside the education and garden staff and volunteers in
various capacities at the Washington Youth Garden. The responsibilities will
• leading the facilitation and evaluation of WYG’s outreach educational
• assisting education staff with the creation of lesson plans and program
• assisting with the development and facilitation of WYG’s three additional
education programs, as needed;
• creating educational garden signage for program participants and
• assisting with garden maintenance and greenhouse based projects.
|The intern will participate in supervisory and program planning meetings and will|
work closely with WYG, FONA, and USNA staff, volunteers, community leaders,
teachers and program participants.
Applicants must be working towards or have completed an undergraduate
degree in Environmental Studies, Biology, Education, or related field, or have
comparable experience. Applicant must have formal experience working with
elementary school aged children in an outdoor setting, as well as gardening
experience and knowledge. Also important are good communication and
organizational skills, creativity and art skills, and comfort with public speaking.
First Aid/CPR certification and second language skills are a plus. Must be able
to work outdoors in various weather conditions and lift 50 lbs.
Twenty hours per week, Tuesday through Thursday, (Note: This position may
require some evening and weekend work.). This is a nine-month internship,
beginning in March and finishing in November 2011.
$10.00/hour. Salary is subject to FICA and income taxes. University credits
could be fulfilled depending upon individual’s course of study.
Please e-mail (preferred) or mail cover letter, resume and three references to
Chris Turse at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, January 24.
Please indicate “Garden Education Intern” in your subject line.
Washington Youth Garden
3501 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002-1958
Phone 202-245-2709 Fax 202-544-5398