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Eastern Shore Food Lab

Campus Garden Internship

The Campus Garden Intern leads the daily operation and maintenance of the campus garden in promotion of environmental stewardship, community health, and cultural well-being.

Hired as the summer Garden Coordinator, this yearlong position places the student at the helm of the Garden Club during the following academic year to provide continuity in programming. 

As President of the Garden Club, the Campus Garden Intern coordinates ecological initiatives with the Center for Environment & Society, the Eastern Shore Food Lab, the Office of Sustainability, and the Student Government Association. 

The Campus Garden Intern practices a level of independence and collaboration with supervisors to develop a work plan and adhere to the mission and goals of the garden. Duties and responsibilities include:

  • use biodiverse compost to nurture a food forest
  • create signage to educate passersby about the plants, gardening methods, and permaculture principles
  • conduct workshops to teach community members about ecological gardening practices that can be adopted on an individual scale
  • combine habitat restoration with edible landscaping to restore ecosystems
  • make the garden a more centralized part of college campus
  • spread gardening throughout campus in pop-up and pocket gardens
  • transform the approach to food access by creating public food sources
  • dispel misconceptions about home-gardening, home-cooking, and composting
  • foster food independence
  • share produce with Dining Services and the ESFL’s Community Supported Kitchen
  • research garden possibilities through experimentation at the River and Field Campus

The ideal candidate must be:

  • a full-time Washington College student
  • driven by a strong environmental ethic
  • enthusiastic for building community
  • self-motivated and require minimal supervision
  • a determined advocate for sustainability and food justice

Helpful experience:

  • prior gardening/farming experience
  • familiarity with CSAs, small family farms, forest gardens, and permaculture
  • understanding of soil health and ecological principles of horticulture
  • ability to articulate the distinction between organic and industrial agriculture