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Youth Garden Internship Opportunity

  • Subject: [cg] Youth Garden Internship Opportunity
  • From: "Kim Rush" RushK@usna.ars.usda.gov
  • Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2005 07:37:19 -0500

Oops.  I realize the attachment didn't work, so I have sent the position
in the text of the email.  Please contact myself or Jenny Guillaume
should you have any questions.  Enjoy your President's Day weekends. 

Garden Education Internship Opportunity!

The Washington Youth Garden (WYG) at the U.S. National Arboretum is
looking for an energetic individual to assist WYG staff with providing a
highly interactive, hands-on horticultural, environmental and culinary
education program for elementary school students in Washington, D.C.

TUsing the garden cycle as a tool, the mission of the Washington Youth
Garden at the U.S. National Arboretum is to inspire children and
families to engage in self-discovery, explore relationships with food
and the natural world, and contribute to the health and well-being of
their communities

Program Description
The Washington Youth Garden, a project of the Friends of the National
Arboretum (FONA), is comprised of an in-school Garden Science program
and two outdoor garden programs, Growing FoodGrowing Together and Seed
to Supper, both located on the grounds of the U.S. National Arboretum
(USNA).  During the winter months, children receive weekly instruction
through a highly interactive, hands-on program that introduces plant and
environmental sciences, food, and nutrition.  During the spring and
summer, the children and their families learn to grow and prepare their
own food by tending their very own garden plots and a variety of
communal areas.  In addition to learning to grow their own food, youth
gardeners participate in a variety of field trips, creative arts
activities, environmental science lessons, cooking classes, and special
garden events.

The Garden Education Intern is responsible for assisting with the
general maintenance of the garden and greenhouse. Work includes but is
not limited to the following:  seeding, planting, weeding, mulching beds
and paths, pruning, harvesting, watering, fertilizing, amending and
cultivating the soil, and removing dead plants and debris.  The intern
will also assist with developing and conducting educational programs
that use cooperative learning techniques.  The intern works closely with
WYG, FONA, and USNA staff, volunteers, parents and children.  An
approved project regarding some aspect of the program must be developed
and presented by the intern during the course of the summer.

Applicants must be working toward a degree in Environmental Studies,
Biology, Education or another related field.  General knowledge and
interest in vegetable gardening and food, ability to work well with
children, good communication skills, creativity, willingness and
enthusiasm to learn about the youth gardening movement and help children
master basic gardening skills are expected.  Musical, theatrical, and
arts and crafts experience is helpful.  First Aid/CPR certification a
plus.  Must be able to work outdoors in various weather conditions and
lift 50 lbs. 

Time Commitment
35 hours per week, mid-May through mid- August 2005.  Eight weeks

$2,000 stipend sponsored by Exxon Mobil Community Summer Jobs Program. 
Salary is subject to FICA and income taxes.  Note: Depending on WYG
funding, the CSJP internship stipend may be supplemented.

Contact Information
Kim Rush at (202) 426-0176 or rushk@usna.ars.usda.gov.  Visit us at

Kim Rush

Program Director
Washington Youth Garden
at the U.S. National Arboretum
Ph:  (202) 426-0176
Fax: (202) 544-5398
Email: rushk@usna.ars.usda.gov

2004 Catalogue For Philanthropy Charity

The Washington Youth Garden is a project of the Friends of the National
Arboretum, National Capital Area Federation of Garden Clubs and U.S.
National Arboretum.  For more information please visit us at
http://www.fona.org/youthgarden.html and

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                                                   - Robert Rodale

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