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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 undeserved communities. Windy City Harvest Youth Farm participants are high school students who learn about principles of sustainable agriculture, teamwork, leadership, and entrepreneurship as they cultivate crops and their own work and career skills. Windy City Harvest has three internships available. The internships each are three months long. Position A: Washington Park Location Position B&C: Lake County Youth Farm Location
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Educate students ages 15-18 on organic growing techniques, including weeding, planting, and harvesting
  • Facilitate team-building exercises
  • Supervise students off-site during field trips and work, including traveling with or transporting participants to and from locations
  • Assist teen crews with project-based learning opportunities
  • Provide detailed feedback at the end of each day for each teen participant, based on social emotional learning and job readiness goals
  • Assist with other program and operational needs as assigned, such as meal/snack preparation and set up, delivering produce, 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. Working outdoors and in an urban farm setting is dynamic. Occasional evening, early, and Saturday shifts are part of this position.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license or have access to reliable transportation.
  • Willing and able to perform manual labor in all weather conditions, including rain and heat
  • Abililty to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Positive, can-do attitude and an interest in the intersection of youth development and urban agriculture
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 pounds. 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.

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the Chicago Botanic Garden does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs or activities, including in employment or admissions. Please call (847) 835-8264 to contact our Title IX coordinator should you have questions or concerns.