New York State: The Science Barge seeks Education Assistants

15 Feb

The goals of the Science Barge program are to educate students and the public in Yonkers and the greater New York area about sustainable development, urban farming and renewable energy, and to advance understanding of integrated systems for food and energy production. The Barge features a 1,300 square foot greenhouse where tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, and other crops are grown using recirculating hydroponics, and has received national acclaim. The greenhouse is powered by a renewable energy package that includes solar, wind, and a biofuels generator. Tours and education programs are available to school and youth groups, as well as the general public from April 11 through October 30, 2011, Monday through Friday, with public programs and tours offered weekends. For more information, please visit

Groundwork Hudson Valley is looking to fill internship positions for education assistants on the Science Barge.  We are looking for enthusiastic, energetic and reliable applicants with an interest in sustainability, food, farming and environmental issues.

Education Assistants will work in the outdoor classroom and in the greenhouse, facilitating hands-on, sustainability-centered education programs.  Interns will lead tours and activities for students covering biology, earth & environmental science topics.  Activities range from planting basil and building solar ovens to water quality testing and carbon footprint calculations.  Interns will also be trained to monitor and perform routine maintenance in the greenhouse such as sowing, pruning, harvesting and adjusting nutrient levels in hydroponic systems. Interns will work side-by-side with the Science Barge staff to ensure that they learn about the technologies on the barge and can effectively communicate the benefits to visitors. Background and interest in education and environmental science preferred. Background and interest in urban farming, food & nutrition, hydroponics or botany a plus!

Interns are expected to work Monday through Friday from 9:30am-1:30pm from June 6th to August 19th.

Session start/end dates are slightly flexible.  Session includes initial training period.  Interns will receive compensation of $8/per hour.

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter by email to  Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as positions are limited.


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