California: The Edible Schoolyard seeks Spring Garden Intern

7 Mar

Position Description

The Garden Intern refines his/her garden management skills while engaging in the day-to-day responsibilities of an educational garden. Under the direction of the Garden Manager & Teacher (GMT) and other garden teachers, the Garden Intern is mentored in the practical skills and philosophy of The Edible Schoolyard (ESY).

Application Information

Please submit a cover letter and résumé by email to, with “Spring Garden Intern” in the subject line. The application deadline is March 10th, 2011. No phone calls or drop-ins, please.

About the Edible Schoolyard

The Edible Schoolyard (ESY) is a program of the Chez Panisse Foundation. The Chez Panisse Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization founded by Alice Waters in 1995. The Foundation develops and supports programs in public schools that use food to educate, nurture, and empower youth. 

ESY is a hands-on educational program at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, CA, where students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade tend a school garden, plant and harvest vegetables, and prepare and eat seasonal dishes in a kitchen classroom. ESY is not an elective – all students in the school attend classes in the kitchen and garden with their history and science teachers. Since 1995, over 3,000 students have graduated from King School and ESY.

Primary Responsibilities

Training & Supervision

  • Develop a work schedule specific to skills and interests and consistent with established program goals in collaboration with GMT.
  • Meet weekly with GMT and/or other ESY staff to identify and prioritize garden work and other relevant tasks.


  • Shadow and train with ESY Garden Staff as they teach classes and instruct small groups of students.
  • Substitute for Garden Teachers as needed; substitute for an absent Garden Teacher on most or all of the following days: 10 –13 May and 16 – 20 May.


  • The primary responsibility of the Garden Intern will be to assist ESY garden staff in preparing for our annual plant sale. Responsibilities will include greenhouse propagation, watering, general organization and preparation for event, and being present on day of plant sale (Saturday, May 7th)
  • Assist in greenhouse tasks, soil fertility, composting, crop rotation, garden planning, pruning, irrigation, pest and disease management and small scale animal husbandry
  • Assist in the maintenance of garden facilities and equipment  – tool shed, chicken coop, greenhouse & all hand tools

Communication and Outreach

  • Maintain healthy relationships with students, ESY staff, and administrative staff as well as the extended community of parents, neighbors, and information seekers.
  • Participate in an engaging and rewarding experience for volunteers; train and supervise volunteers’ work in the garden
  • Maintain awareness of school, individual, and media visits

Duration and Compensation

The Garden Intern is expected to commit three days each week for the duration of twelve weeks.  The Internship will start in late March and continue through late June.  It is essential that the Garden Intern be available to work Saturday, May 7th for the Edible Schoolyard Plant Sale event. This is an unpaid internship with lunch provided.


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