SECIA's has Spring 2010 Community Gardening/ Urban Farming Intern Position Open

posted Jan 12, 2010, 12:37 PM by Stephanie Hankerson   [ updated Feb 16, 2010, 11:35 AM ]
SECIA is looking ahead to garden season and announces an open intern position.  Join  SECIA staff and community members to GROW!

Spring 2010 Community Gardening/ Urban Farming Intern

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

Description: SECIA neighborhood organization supports a number of award winning community gardens of all kinds; food production, native plant and beautification gardens.  This internship will have a dual role in support of all our gardening projects and will help launch a new containerized vegetable gardening project targeted to resident renters.  The position requires creative thinking, ability to write and utilize internet tools, and working independently.

The role of this intern is to
  • Participate in as many community gardening dates as possible, up to 9 garden events per month (about 50 hours)
  • Market the community gardens to other students and neighbors (updating websites and calendars, potentially flyering, canvassing or event tabling), (8 hours)
  • Support spring outreach events such as a BU Day/Earth week event & the Community Garden Resource Fair on March 27th, 2010. (15 hours)
  • Assist in the design, creation and unveiling of SECIA's containerized vegetable garden project, (about 100 hours)
    • including building containers using reused materials and power tools,
    • organizing participants,
    • distributing materials, and
    • contributing to the technical support we provide participants.
  • Other tasks as determined.

Interns will take home new knowledge on how to grow-your-own, and have a the opportunity to stay on as a regular SE Como community gardener for the whole summer. SECIA take pride in our efforts to incorporate students into the neighborhood's initiatives.  Many past Service Learners stay connected to SECIA after their terms and others earn letters of recommendation.

Position Schedule:  Early in the term, Interns will have computer related tasks and attend meetings. Once weather allows, we will start workdays at all of the community gardens.  Flexible schedule is best, with garden times typically happening on some Tuesday or Wednesday evenings, and weekends (Saturday & Sunday mornings). A weekly office time during business hours will also be arranged per candidate's schedule. 

Requirements: Candidates with some gardening knowledge are preferred.  Also preferred are candidates comfortable building with power tools.    Physical labor is involved in this position such as  digging, planting seeds, and hauling in  various types of weather. We expect interns to be reliable, and prefer an enthusiasm to acquire skills.

Apply to:
Stephanie Hankerson,
Community Environmental Specialist
SECIA - Southeast Como Improvement Association
837 SE 15th Ave Ave, Mpls., MN 55414

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.