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Windy City Harvest Youth Farm Intern A-C

Requisition Number: 
Windy City Harvest
Job Status: 
Work with Chicago's most innovative horticulture training program for teens, the Windy City Harvest Youth Farm. The Windy City Harvest Youth Farm interns will work as part of a dedicated, energetic team at one of our sustainable farms, working alongside teenagers to produce vibrant young people and delicious, organically grown food for underserved communities. Windy City Harvest Youth Farm participants are high school students from underserved communities who learn about principles of sustainable agriculture, teamwork, leadership, and entrepreneurship as they cultivate a crop and their own work and career skills. Three-month internships are available at each of our program sites: Lake County, North Lawndale, and Washington Park. Three internship slots are open.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following:

  • Educate students, ages 15-18, on organic growing techniques including weeding, watering, planting, and harvest
  • Facilitate team-building experiences
  • Supervise field trips
  • Assist teen crew leaders with project-based learning opportunities in one of three areas: Farmer's Markets, Bee Keeping, Community Health Outreach or Cooking
  • Provide detailed daily feedback on youth development outcomes for each teen participant
  • Assist with program needs including breakfast/snack set-up/clean-up, water procurement, deliveries of produce, and other duties as assigned

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Experience working with youth
  • Basic knowledge of horticulture and/or agriculture
  • Willingness to work hard in all weather conditions
  • Valid driver's license
  • Reliable transportation to and from the Chicago Botanic Garden and work site
  • At least two years of college completed
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Availability for evening and weekend hours as needed
Physical Demands: 
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 lbs. Outdoor work involving water in all weather conditions.
Why 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.