SECIA's spring-fall 2014 Como Corner Community Gardening Intern (Goldpass #110675)

SECIA's spring-fall 2014 Como Corner Community Gardening Intern (Goldpass #110675)

Supervisors: Stephanie Hankerson, SECIA
Susanne Maeder, Como Corner community garden

Location: In and around the SE Como neighborhood: Mostly at SECIA's offices & at the Como Corner community garden at the intersection of 22nd and Como Ave SE

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.

The role of this intern is to:

  • Participate in as many community gardening dates as possible, at least weekly (about 50 hours)
  • Recruit volunteer groups and individual gardeners. Como Corner utilizes 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- getting water hooked up, organizing tools, finding wood chips, arranging for mowing (about 10 hours)
  • 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, 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, 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).*(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 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. Interns will also attend SECIA Environment Committee meetings on the evening of the 4th Tuesday of most months. Office times will fall mostly on Tuesday. Once weather allows, we will start workdays at the community garden on mostly Tuesday evenings. Weekend garden times and events may be periodically scheduled.

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, but knowledge in all these areas are not required. 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, A short interview will be arranged with SECIA staff.

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