Position
Orchard Garden Intern

Purpose and Development Opportunities
Assist in the maintenance and interpretation of the Orchard Garden at Minnetrista – a garden serving as a demonstration of techniques to grow fruits and vegetables in an urban or small setting. Expand your knowledge of food production, plant care, and interpretation by working in the garden and interacting and educating visitors. Take an integral role in the development of the garden by completing an independent project based on your learning interests and site needs. Projects could include implementing planting designs, creation of garden structures, community outreach efforts, and development of site management plans. Work with horticultural resources, landscape equipment, mentors, and peers to facilitate your project. Assist with leading and coordinating community outreach events as well.

Reporting Department
Horticulture Department

Reporting Supervisor and Training Provided By
Horticulture Manager, Horticulture Specialist

Length of Appointment
Minimum Three Months

Time Commitment
Minimum of 4 shifts per week at 4 hours per shift including weekends (200 hour minimum)

Salary
Stipend dependent on quality and scope of completed internship project

Essential duties and responsibilities
– Perform maintenance including watering, weeding, planting, harvesting, and distributing produce
– Complete an independent project that enhances the positive impact of the garden
– Lead volunteers and community members on developing site
– Adhere to all safety policies and procedures
– Give a presentation at the conclusion of the internship
– Other duties may be assigned

Qualifications
The requirements of the job include the ability to work outside in varying weather conditions, and to work independently.  An interest in horticulture and gardening is a must. Strong preference for candidates with experience in agriculture, food production, and community outreach preferred. Must be reliable and work well with both staff and volunteers.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR AVAILABILITY WITH YOUR COVER LETTER AND RESUME 

Contact: Mary Zwickl
1200 N. Minnetrista Pkwy.
Muncie, IN 47303-2925
Phone: 765.287.3530
Email: mzwickl@minnetrista.net