Community Garden Operations Intern

UCSB Edible Campus Program 

$14/hr, 10-12 hrs Week 

Seeking a student who can commit through September 2021 with the option to continue the internship through June 2022

Must work onsite at garden and adhere to strict safety guidelines (see below for more details)

Are you looking for a job outside where you can get your hands dirty? That is what we are looking for! This internship is 12 hours a week. 8-10 of those hours will be weeding, watering, mowing, building beds, assisting other gardeners, and in general helping with day to day upkeep of a community garden. This intern will work closely with student and staff garden managers, as well as the plot owners. Remaining hours will be spent in coordination meetings, advising meetings and with email/other tasks. Intern will be expected to regularly meet with individuals interested in volunteering to set-up solo volunteer activities. Responsibilities also include keeping track of volunteer hours.  Please see a map of the community gardens in Isla Vista and on campus here:

We are looking for someone with some basic experience in gardening or agriculture. The student selected will be hardworking, comfortable being outside and getting dirty, and who has a love of garden work. Please let us know if you speak other languages. Being multi-lingual is not a requirement, but garden members speak many different languages including, but not limited to Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, and more!

The student selected will meet with a professional staff mentor at a minimum once a week and will also have the opportunity to have additional mentorship time as needed throughout the week. In addition to these training opportunities, the student will be collaborating frequently with the other gardens and farms in Isla Vista and at UCSB.

Some additional minimum requirements include:

  • Must be a currently enrolled UCSB Student
  • Must be willing to provide documentation of a flu shot 
  • Must be willing to complete a daily COVID wellness survey online 
  • Must be willing to be tested for COVID weekly (free testing at UCSB)
  • Must be attentive to good ergonomic practices when gardening.
  • Must be willing to wear a mask at all times when at the campus gardens and be willing to remind other gardeners about rules on wearing masks, sanitizing tools, using good ergonomic techniques, and other safety precautions. 

Please also note that any time the selected intern leaves South Santa Barbara County (for any length of time), they will be required to go into a travel quarantine. They will not be able to do onsite work for 1-2 weeks post travel and they will need to have two COVID tests a week apart where they are negative before they will be allowed onsite again.  Given this, we are hoping to select a student who does not intend to travel frequently.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to Katie Maynard at Priority consideration will be given for students who apply by February 15th.