Edible Campus Program

Program Coordinator

Deadline to apply: July 15th, 2018

Hours Per Week: 10-15 Hrs.
Wage: $14/hr. (work-study or monarch scholars preferred, but not required)
Primary Department: UCSB Sustainability

Preferred start date: As early as August and as late as the start of Fall 2018
Commitment date: Must be available to participate through June 2019


The Edible Campus Program aims to address local food insecurity by repurposing underutilized spaces for sustainable food production, turning waste into food, and engaging students as growers and producers. We will train students in practices that address social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainability and help them to reclaim their personal connection to the land and their food.

The Edible Campus Program is made up of a group of partnerships. The Associated Students Department of Public Worms is the heart of our program, keeping the farm running on a day to day basis and providing continuity for the effort. Additionally, A.S. Department of Public Worms will maintain the Urban Orchard. The Associated Students Food Bank will be intaking and distributing the food to students in need. UCSB Sustainability provides interns who supervise the program. Volunteers will ensure the continuation of this unique program.

Our program started with the Urban Orchard, in which we planted 6 citrus trees in Storke Plaza and we will continue to expand the project as time goes on. At full growth, the trees will each produce around 400-600 pounds of produce per year. The Hydroponic Vertical Garden Project will allow us to explore growing in abundance in dense areas. The Experimental Plot is a place for the program to try out different methods of sustainable agriculture, while also being a location for field trips and workshops. The Campus Farm, set to open in Winter 2018 will be a large area of food production. The farm will be a space that fosters community, as well as education, all while connecting students back to their food source and the land.

Description of the Internship

The Edible Campus Program seeks a student to help us with overall coordination of our program. The farm is at the final stages of approval.  The California Coastal Commission is voting on our project in July and we expect to begin construction in late Summer.  Construction till likely continue through Fall with the farm opening in Winter 2018.  These next few months will primarily be focused on fundraising, partnership/coalition building, and project management to ensure the project continues successfully through the launch.  We are looking for someone that is excited about helping us develop and forge new relationships.  The selected intern will help to recruit and manage volunteers, coordinate with campus stakeholders on program approvals, write grants, and raise Funds.  The bulk of the work will be administrative and in support of the broader team working on the farm, orchard, and hydroponics.  The student will occasionally support the farm team with larger volunteer days and will have opportunities to get in the dirt.


  • Develop meaningful tasks for volunteers;
  • Encourage each of the Edible Campus Program teams (farm team, grant writing team, education team) to come up with tasks that volunteers can participate in;
  • Recruit volunteers;
  • Maintain volunteers;
  • Work with campus stakeholders (health and safety, risk management, pest management, landscaping, design and construction, planning, etc.) to seek approvals for various components of our projects and our efforts as a whole;
  • Write grants;
  • Plan fundraising activities and events;
  • Engage potential donors;
  • Engage with media (press releases, interviews, etc.);
  • Table and participate in outreach events;
  • Plan promotional activities and efforts;
  • Maintain content on our website (we have programming support for the technical side, we just need support on the content side);
  • Engage partner(s) and develop new partner(s) to develop educational programs and outreach events around each of our projects (Urban Orchard, Student Farm, and Hydroponics);
  • Engage faculty to bring classes to the student farm and other growing projects;
  • Develop content for educational signage for the farm; and
  • Support AS Department of Public Worms in developing daily protocols and operations for the farm.

Minimum Requirements

  • Passion for food security and sustainable food systems;
  • Interest in connecting zero waste and composting practices to growing food;
  • Experience in managing the logistics for a program;
  • Experience with coalition building and relationship management;
  • Interest in learning how large institutions operate and how to be effective in a bureaucracy;
  • Creativity and willingness to develop new solutions when your initial strategy is not feasible;
  • Diplomatic person with an ability to develop solutions that large numbers of people with differing opinions can support;
  • Independent thinker capable of collaborating to design and implement programs and practices;
  • Professional in written and verbal communications; and
  • Detail-oriented.

Preferred Requirements

  • Experience with farming, hydroponics, or gardening;
  • Experience helping to launch a new program/project;
  • Experience with fundraising, grant writing, or donor development;
  • Understanding of the social, historical, and cultural context of food systems;
  • Ability to speak Spanish; and
  • Creative ideas for bridging social justice and farming/gardening communities.


The student selected will meet with a project advisor at least once a week for consistent and ongoing mentorship and one on one training. In addition this, the selected student will frequently meet with professional staff in the field, faculty with expertise in this area, student leaders, and other campus and community stakeholders to receive feedback and further guidance.
To Apply
Please read all of the instructions for this program and the job posting carefully in order to ensure that you have the best chance of being selected. Submit a resume and cover letter describing your interest in the position to internshipsucsbsustainability@gmail.com by the deadline at the top of this posting. If you are eligible for work-study or the Monarch Scholarship Internship Program, please note this in the cover letter. Participation in work-study and/or Monarch Scholars is not required, but is preferred.
UCSB Career Services offers support and advising in writing résumés. Please consider taking advantage of their generous services, especially if this is the first time you have written a résumé.
Please ensure that when you apply the subject line of your email and your email body indicate clearly that you are applying for the “ECP- Program Coordinator”. We have several positions currently open ranging across multiple programs.
For More Information
Please email your resume and cover letter to Katie Maynard, internshipsucsbsustainability@gmail.com after having read the above information thoroughly.