2012 Tuttle School and Talmage Crossing Community Gardens Intern

Supervisors:  Stephanie Hankerson, SECIA; Emilie Quast, Tuttle/Talmage gardens coordinator

Location: In and around the SE Como neighborhood: Mostly at Tuttle School  campus and community garden (1031 SE 19th Ave ) and the Talmage Crossing Community Garden ( 21st Ave SE and Talmage Ave.

Description: SECIA neighborhood organization supports a number of award winning community gardens of all kinds; food production, native plant and beautification gardens. SECIA is seeking a gardening Intern for a 6 month internship. This unpaid internship will have a important role in the success of two small gardens during the 2012 growing season.
The role of this intern is to:

● Participate in as many community gardening dates as possible, at least weekly (about 50 hours) at Talmage Crossing and Tuttle Schoolyard gardens.  Talmage Crossing planners meet infrequently on an as-needed, as-possible  basis to weed and water.   Tuttle School is the site of a school campus vegetable and wildflower garden  and outdoor classroom that is looking for more help from neighbors interested in wildflower gardening.  Directing school student involvement  through early June, in July while summer school is in session, and after the new school year starts up in late August is important.  Equally important is taking responsibility for watering and maintenance when school is not in session (late June and three weeks in August).  (50 hours*)  

● Recruit volunteer groups and individual gardeners.    Specific tasks may include updating websites and calendars, distributing flyers, canvassing or managing an information table at an event . (10 hours*)

● Support outreach events such as a BU Day/Earth week event, Parade of Community Gardens, National Night Out, and the Como Cookout. (25 hours)

● Identify  needed garden resources for the season.

● Be the main garden communicator for the season- help the group establish its garden dates update email group regularly, provide garden updates for neighborhood blog  and news outlets, work on temporary signage for the garden in place, and create new references for the garden in future years (ie. Keep a log of plants that grew well in place, or which failed and why  (15 hours*).

● Other tasks as determined, including possible working with the neighborhood’s other community gardens or committees (10 hours*).

*(Times above are just estimates and preference of the intern dictates exact breakdown. They are shown just to give you a sense of how the internship tasks will breakdown. We can easily scale the number of hours to be less or more as needed.)

The selected candidate will be able to fulfill their degree requirements while enjoying the outdoors. Interns will take home new knowledge on perennial gardening, native plants, pollinators, woody plants and common weeds. This intern will also be connected to the other garden projects in SE Como. The selected candidate will also gain and understanding of the benefits and challenges of working for a small non-profit. Many past SECIA interns stay connected to SECIA after their terms and others earn letters of recommendation.

Position Schedule: This is a summer+PLUS internship as it covers the whole 2012 growing season from late March until the to end of October; with the understanding that some weeks will have less activity than others and pre-arranging weeks off is not usually a problem. Early in the season, Interns will have computer related tasks organizing the garden and will attend meetings.. Once weather allows, we will start workdays at the community garden as needed. Saturday workdays and events may be periodically scheduled.

Requirements:  Strongly preferred are candidates who can work easily with multicultural children and adults in a garden setting.  Candidates with vegetable and wildflower (native flower) gardening experience are strongly preferred, but expert status in not required. Candidates should be comfortable with plant identification , using tools, working in various types of weather and doing physical labor such as digging, planting seeds, and hauling. The position requires self motivation, ability to write and utilize Internet tools, and working independently. We expect interns to be reliable, responsive, and have an enthusiasm to acquire and teach new skills and understanding. We are impressed with candidates that are already familiar with local organizations and local resources related to community gardening, native plants and horticulture, but this is not required. We also look for interns who live in the SE neighborhoods of Como & Marcy Holmes. A close proximity to the garden is best to reduce barriers to caring for plants and participating in garden events.

Application Instructions: please fill out SECIA's intern application:http://tinyurl.com/Como-Vol-Form, and send a resume to Stephanie Hankerson, steph@comogreenvillage.info. A short interview will be arranged with SECIA staff.  An additional interview with school administrators will be scheduled.

SECIA - Southeast Como Improvement Association
1170 SE 15th Ave Ave,#302 Mpls., MN 55414