2019 Internships: A Summer of Inspiration

Are you a high school or college student who loves the outdoors and want to gain experience in gardening or conservation work, all while getting paid? Build your resume and gain real-world skills in agriculture or outdoor recreation and conservation by applying for one of Steep Rock Association’s 2019 summer internship programs: Judea Garden Intern or Van Sinderen Conservation Intern.

6/11/2019 UPDATE: Applications are closed at this time. Thank you for your interest.

Judea Garden Internship

The Judea Garden, a Steep Rock Association community project, is offering two paid summer internship positions from July 1 through August 24, 2019. Now in its eleventh season, the Judea Garden has grown, harvested, and distributed over 30,000 pounds of fresh produce to members of our community with limited financial resources through local food banks, senior centers, and social service agents.

This is an excellent opportunity for a high school or college student to gain a deeper understanding of sustainable agriculture and current food issues. Interns will identify and control insects and diseases, identify weeds and their properties, use succession harvesting through planting for fall crops, harvest and distribute foods, and participate in all garden tasks.  At the end of the summer season, interns will present or share what they have learned to the local community as part of our Open Garden Day on August 24.

Applicants must be either high school students (16 years old by end of summer) or college students (including class of 2019) and be available to work 20 hours/week in a food bank garden located in Washington, Connecticut. Compensation is $10.10 per hour. For more information, please contact Denise Arturi at denise.arturi@steeprockassoc.org or by phone at (860) 868-9131. Interested applicants may apply by filling out this Application. These positions are partially funded through the generous support of the Washington Garden Club.

2018 Judea Garden Interns, Bridget Snyder (left) and Tegan Anderson (right), clip garlic from the garden.
Photo Credit: Denise Arturi, Steep Rock Association

Van Sinderen Conservation Internship

One college-level Van Sinderen Conservation Internship is available for a college student to gain hands-on, real world experiences in outdoor trail & recreational work, biodiversity studies, and outreach activities.

Conservation interns will spend most of their time in the field, working both independently and with SRA staff to complete a wide variety of projects across SRA’s 2,400 acres of preserved land and 40 miles of trails. Projects include: wildlife habitat improvement, stream surveys, invasive species removal, biodiversity studies, trail maintenance and construction, pruning, blazing, campsite prep and more. In addition, the Conservation Intern will oversee and complete a capstone conservation project. At the end of the summer season, the intern will share his/her experience via a short article or photographic document. This is a tremendous opportunity to experience all aspects of working in a small non-profit land trust. Want to learn more? Check out this article from Karlie Neuhausser, SRA’s 2018 Van Sinderen Intern, to get a feel for the day-to-day.

Start and end times for this position are flexible to accommodate school schedules. Interns must be able to work 20 hours/week, have a valid Driver’s License, and their own vehicle. Please click on the link for a more detailed Job Description and overview of expectations and responsibilities. Compensation is $10.10 per hour, plus mileage reimbursement. This position is funded through the generous support of the Washington Scholarship Foundation.

Please direct any questions to Mike Giapponi, either via e-mail at mike@steeprockassoc.org or by calling (860) 868-9131. Interested applicants may apply by filling out this Application.

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