SECIA's spring-fall 2014 Community Gardening Intern (Goldpass # 110676)

SECIA's spring-fall 2014  Community Gardening Intern (Goldpass # 110676 )

Location: In and around the SE Como neighborhood: Mostly at SECIA's offices & at the many community gardens in the neighborhood

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 Como Corner Community Gardening Intern for a 6 month internship. This unpaid internship will have a important role in the success of the Como Corner Community garden during the 2013 growing season (*Times above are just estimates, depending on preferences.):


The role of this intern is to:

  • Participate in weekly community gardening sessions, primarily at Talmage Crossing raingarden, Van Cleve youth garden, and Tuttle school garden. Sometimes, this will be independent gardening. (about 50 hours)

  • Recruit volunteer groups and individual gardeners. Como's community garden's utilize both student and long-term neighborhood volunteers. Specific tasks can include updating websites and calendars, potentially flyering, canvassing or event tabling. (about 10 hours)

  • Support outreach events such as a BU Day/Earth week event, Community Garden Day/ Como Corner Commotion art fair & music, National Night Out, and the Como Cookout. (about 25 hours)

  • Help get the needed garden resources for the season- picking up plant donations, watering plants until planting, getting water hooked up, securing needed tools,  arranging for materials to be delivered. (about 10 hours)

  • Be the a garden promoter for the season- help garden groups establish its garden dates, get them on social media, update garden email groups regularly with garden updates, help with signage, and help improve the garden's archive. (about 15 hours).

  • Self identify some individual garden project for the summer- i.e establish or renovate a particular bed, eradicate a particular weed, do some garden demo/edu-event, create a place-making element for the garden, etc. (about 10 hours).

  • Other tasks as determined, including possible working with the neighborhoods other community gardens or committees (about 10 hours).

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 an 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 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. Interns will also attend SECIA Environment Committee meetings on the evening of the 4th Tuesday of most months.This will include some office hours which will fall mostly on Tuesdays. Once weather allows, we will start working at the community gardens on a schedule that works for the candidate. Best if some weekend availability for gardening is possible.

Requirements: Candidates with ornamental gardening experience are strongly preferred, but expert status in not required. Also preferred are candidates comfortable with 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 new skills. We are impressed with candidates that are already familiar with local organizations and local resources related to community gardening, native plants and horticulture. We place a high priority on candidates who live in the SE neighborhoods of Como & Marcy Holmes. It serves our mission to assist student residents in their volunteerism within the neighborhood, and 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:, and send a resume to Stephanie Hankerson,