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Community Garden is Looking to Hire Fall Intern

By Sustainability Office on July 17, 2013

The Community Vegetable Garden is looking to hire an intern for fall semester

Department: Sustainability Office
Hours per Week: 6 hrs during fall semester

Job Description:
The Sustainability Office is offering a paid Garden Internship to a qualified student starting in late-August 2013 until November 2013 (the end of the growing season). The garden intern will help manage and promote the one-half acre vegetable/herb garden and greenhouse on campus. This is a physically demanding, yet very rewarding job. Work includes exposure to outdoor elements (e.g., heat, sun, rain, etc.). The student intern is expected to coordinate and organize volunteers and student work parties. The Garden Intern will report directly to our garden manager (Beth Roy) and work in close collaboration with another garden intern and other Colgate students, faculty, and staff. The student intern will gain life-long skills and knowledge in harvesting and maintaining a garden, organizing events, and supervising volunteer workers.

To apply, send a resume and one page cover letter to the Director of Sustainability, John Pumilio (jpumilio@colgate.edu). The application deadline is August 15. Employment will begin on or around August 26.

Student Interns Working in the Greenhouse

Student Interns Working in the Greenhouse

 

Required Skills and Experience

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with garden manager (Beth Roy) to plan and manage the garden during the fall season. Specific tasks may include preparing soil, cultivating, planting, weeding, and harvesting.
  • Organize and supervise volunteer work parties.
  • Coordinate with Green Thumbs presidents to schedule a weekly time for volunteer work parties (usually for harvest, the day before pick-up), and be at the garden during those scheduled times to supervise those work parties.
  • Provide continuity for work on the garden throughout the 2013 growing season.

Recommended Qualifications and Skills:

  • Strong work ethic and self-motivated.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Preference will be given to those with experience and firsthand knowledge in farming and/or gardening with vegetable crops; though previous garden experience is not required.
  • Experience organizing and supervising the work of others.
  • Tolerance for hard work and exposure to outdoor elements.
  • Excitement about promoting local farming and local food production

Work Requirements and Benefits
The garden internship position is rewarding but demanding work that involves physical exertion and exposure to the outdoor elements.

To apply, send resume and one page cover letter to Director of Sustainability, John Pumilio (jpumilio@colgate.edu). The application deadline is August 15. Employment will begin on or around August 26.

Starting Hourly Rate: $8.10
Supervisor: Garden Manager (Beth Roy)
Key Contacts: John Pumilio, Director of Sustainability and Christopher Henke, Associate Professor and faculty adviser to the garden


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