The Central Texas Food Bank is working hard to close the hunger gap and we want you to join us! Our mission is “to nourish hungry people and lead the community in the fight against hunger”. We are accomplishing this not only with our amazing programming and fundraising events but by hiring motivated, mission-driven employees who have the drive to end hunger.
The Central Texas Food Bank is looking for a dynamic GARDEN INTERN in our Programs Department. The Garden Intern will assist with the day to day care and maintenance of the garden, by leading volunteers to plant, propagate, harvest, and care for plants, by washing and preparing vegetables for distribution, and by assisting with maintenance of the garden’s physical infrastructure. The Garden Intern will gain firsthand experience in sustainable agricultural production, including organic soil management practices, sustainable pest and disease control, seasonal vegetable rotations for Central Texas, volunteer management skills, and experiential education. Reporting into the Gardener on the Community Health and Nutrition team, this position requires manual labor and the ability to work independently and with volunteers. The Garden Internship is an unpaid, 15-20 hour per week commitment for 4-5 months with a rolling start and end date.
As a GARDEN INTERN, you will be
- Harvest, wash, and weigh vegetables
- Propagate vegetable transplants in the greenhouse
- Lead volunteers in gardening tasks
- Use and Operate tools and equipment including motorized and/or hand tools
- Install and maintain simple irrigation infrastructures such as drip tape and sprinklers
- Organize and maintain garden tools and supplies such as rakes, shovels, hoes, knives, etc.
- Move produce through the facility safely and in keeping with good food handling practices
- Develop and execute an Internship Project in coordination with the Gardener
- Other duties as assigned
You are a great candidate if you have
- Knowledge of and/or interest in gardening, farming or plant nurseries
- Experience using hand and power tools (saws, shovels, rakes, hoes, hammers, drills, etc.)
- Experiences doing physical labor in an outdoor setting, such as construction or landscaping
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
- High school graduate or equivalent required
- Ability to speak, read, write and understand English
Bonus points for
- Interest in food insecurity issues/ hunger relief
- Experience working with the public such as customer service, teaching or volunteer coordination
- Ability to communicate how to do gardening tasks to volunteers having no prior gardening experience or knowledge
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS WITH OR WITHOUT REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION
- Ability to walk, stand, sit, kneel, push, stoop, reach above the shoulder, grasp, pull, bend repeatedly, identify colors, hear with aid, see, write, count, read, speak, analyze, alphabetize, repetitively lift and carry 50 lbs., perceive depth, operate a motor vehicle, and operate motor equipment.
- Conditions may include working inside, working around machines with moving parts and moving objects, working closely with others, and working alone.