Requisition Number: 842
Department: Windy City Harvest
Job Status: Paid Internship
Reports to: Windy City Harvest Youth Farm Coordinators
Work with Chicago’s most innovative sustainable urban agriculture team, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest Youth Farm. The Youth Farm interns will work as part of a dedicated, energetic team at one of our sustainable farms, working alongside high school students to produce sustainably grown food in Waukegan, North Lawndale, and Washington Park. Youth Farm participants learn about principles of sustainable agriculture, teamwork, leadership, and entrepreneurship as they cultivate crops and their own career and professional skills. The Chicago Botanic Garden has four, three-month internships available. Positions are available at the Washington Park Youth Farm and Green Youth Farm in Lake County. We anticipate a start date of June 2021, working Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
As Youth Farm interns, you are responsible for the following:
Train students ages 15-18 on organic growing techniques, including weeding, planting, and harvesting
Facilitate team-building exercises
Support coordinator in supervision of students during work in a variety of activities including, but not limited to, farm tasks, landscaping, safe tool usage, following food safety protocols
Assist student crews with project-based learning opportunities
Provide detailed feedback at the end of each day for each student to the coordinator and student crew leader
Assist with other program and operational needs as assigned, such as meal/snack preparation and set up, and securing daily supplies
Key Garden competencies/behaviors desired:
Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.
Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
Picks up garbage when it is seen regardless of position.
Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
Is welcoming of new hires.
Our ideal candidate will have the following:
Experience working with youth—prior work in outdoor or experiential education a plus
Basic knowledge of horticulture and/or sustainable agriculture a plus
Flexibility and comfort to work with shifting demands and schedules. Occasional evening, early, and Saturday shifts are part of this position.
Willing and able to perform manual labor in all weather conditions, including rain and heat
Positive, can-do attitude and an interest in the intersection of youth development and urban agriculture within a highly dynamic and collaborative environment
Frequent walking, standing, bending, listening, speaking, and repetitive motion. Use of urban farm equipment such as hand tools, shovels, drills, knives, and processing equipment. Frequent lifting, pushing, and pulling up to 50 pounds. Outdoor work involving water in all weather conditions.
To Apply, visit our website: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/jobs/apply
Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.
Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.
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