DC: Washington Youth Garden seeks Garden Assistant

17 May
Using the garden cycle as a tool, the mission of the Washington Youth Garden at the U.S. National Arboretum 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. 

Program Description

The Washington Youth Garden, a project of the Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA), is a one-acre organic garden featuring production area, herb garden, fruit section, butterfly garden, and themed educational gardens located on the grounds of the U.S. National Arboretum (USNA).  WYG offers year-round gardening and nutrition education through one school based program, Garden Science, and three outdoor garden programs: Growing Food…Growing Together, SPROUT, and Seed to Supper. For more information about our programs, please seehttp://www.washingtonyouthgarden.org.


The Garden Assistant is expected to learn general organic gardening techniques and is responsible for assisting the Garden Coordinator with the general operation and maintenance of the garden. Work includes, but is not limited to, the following: seeding, planting, weeding, mulching beds and paths, pruning, harvesting, watering, fertilizing, amending and cultivating the soil, pest management and cover cropping, and removing dead plants and debris. The intern will also assist Garden Coordinator with developing and conducting garden specific instruction using cooperative learning techniques for the Washington Youth Garden’s on-site programs. The intern works closely with WYG, FONA, volunteers, and children and adult program participants. An approved project regarding some aspect of the garden or programs may be required during the course of the position.


Degree or comparable experience in Horticulture, Plant Science, Biology, or related field. Strong knowledge and interest in vegetable gardening and food, ability to work well with children, good communication skills, creativity, willingness and enthusiasm to learn about the youth gardening movement and help children and adults master basic gardening skills are expected.  Musical, theatrical, and arts and crafts experience is helpful.  First Aid/CPR certification is a plus.  Must be able to work outdoors in various weather conditions and lift 50 lbs. 

Time Commitment

35 hours per week, Monday through Friday with a shift to Tuesday through Friday late spring June through September 2011, with flexible start and end dates.


$12/hr. Salary is subject to FICA and income taxes. University credits could be fulfilled depending upon individual’s course of study. 

Contact Information

Please send a resume, cover letter, and three references to Christopher Turse, Garden Coordinator at cturse@washingtonyouthgarden.org by June 1, 2011. Email is preferred, mailing address is below. 

Washington Youth Garden

3501 New York Avenue, NE

Washington, DC 20002-1958

Phone 202-245-2709    Fax 202-544-5398


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