Judea Garden Internship

Overview: Two paid, part-time, Judea Garden Internships are available for high school (16 years old by end of summer) and college students to gain hands-on, real-world experiences in sustainable agriculture and current food issues by working in SRA’s food bank garden. Now in its 14th growing season, Judea Garden has grown, harvested, and distributed over 44,000 lbs. of fresh produce to members of our community with limited financial resources through local food banks, senior centers, and social service agencies. 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, interns will present a project showing what they learned to the local community as part of our Open Garden Day on August 20.

Expectations: 

  • Keep a positive attitude, have an eagerness to learn, and a willingness to do one’s best.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a small team.
  • Maintain accountability, responsibility, and respectfulness in one’s work, including daily tasks and logistics (keeping start times/end times)
  • Develop learning goals and create an approved product (presentation, article, photo journey, etc.) at end of the internship that reflects upon the experience and knowledge gained.
  • Work with and guide garden volunteers.
  • Follow all safety guidelines and protocols.

Specific tasks:

  • Identify and control insects and diseases.
  • Identify weeds and their properties.
  • Use succession planting methods for harvesting through fall crops.
  • Harvest and distribute foods.
  • Maintain the gardening and harvest journals.
  • Create and carry out a research-based project and present at Open Garden on 8/20.
  • Participate in all garden tasks.

Qualifications:

  • Interest in protecting and improving the environment for both human and natural communities.
  • Capacity to work outdoors in myriad weather and insect conditions (precipitation, heat, cold, ticks, etc.)
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Experience in gardening work a plus
  • Enthusiasm for SRA’s conservation mission
  • Good interpersonal & communication skills

Working with Steep Rock Association: This is a paid internship. Compensation is $15/hour, 20 hours per week for ten weeks. Employment period is June 13, 2022 to August 20, 2022 unless arranged otherwise. Start and end times are flexible to accommodate school dates. Steep Rock Association (SRA) has a collegial and team-oriented work environment. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and act in accordance with laws applicable to employment practices. For more information on Steep Rock Association, please visit www.steeprockassoc.org.

All interns must be fully vaccinated, follow safety protocols, and abide by all Covid-19 regulations.

Note: High School students can alternately apply using Judea Garden Application

To Apply:

Send resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references in a single document by email to  info@steeprockassoc.org. Steep Rock offers a collaborative, team-oriented, and flexible work environment. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and act in accordance with laws applicable to employment practices. SRA does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or age.

About Steep Rock Association:

Steep Rock Association is a nonprofit land trust whose mission is to conserve ecologically and historically significant landscapes and riparian corridors in and around Washington, Connecticut and to enhance the community’s connection with nature through outreach, education, and passive recreation. Steep Rock is led by an active and engaged volunteer Board of Trustees and many Trustees and volunteers are actively involved in our diverse programs and well-organized committees. Steep Rock is accredited by the Land Trust Alliance.

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