Outreach and Community Partnerships Coordinator
UCSB Greenhouse and Garden Project (GHGP) and the Edible Campus Program
Funded by The Green Initiative Fund

This position is currently closed. Please visit: http://www.sustainability.ucsb.edu/internship-opportunities-ucsb-sustainability/ to see our currently open positions

Hours Per Week: 10 hrs per week
Wage: $14/hr. (work-study preferred, but not required)
Preferred Start Date: Late Summer 2017 (Exact start date is negotiable, but we are hoping for mid August or early September depending on availability of the selected candidate)


The UCSB Greenhouse and Garden Project and the UCSB Edible Campus Program are seeking a student to help build more awareness and engagement in the Greenhouse and Garden Project.  The student selected will participate in outreach and communication, workshop development, partnership development, and of course gardening! This student will expand opportunities for engaging with GHGP to include not only having a plot, but also participating in volunteer days at the garden, attending events at the garden, or participating in a class touring the garden.  The student will also seek opportunities to ensure that GHGP is a safe space for everyone from the UCSB community. While students of color and low income students are the most likely to be food insecure they are often underrepresented in gardening programs. We hope that the selected students can help to address that disparity.

Job responsibilities

  • General outreach activities such as tabling and participating in public events to represent the Greenhouse and Garden Project.
  • Encourage and facilitate the participation of GHGP plot owners/members to table on behalf of Greenhouse and Garden Project at events.
  • Develop and offer workshops to help people who have never or rarely gardened before to start a garden plot.
  • Develop coalitions between Greenhouse and Garden Project and other student organizations on the campus.
  • Develop partnerships with student organizations that do not typically work on gardening or environmental programs.
  • Participate in coalition meetings as a representative of the Greenhouse and Garden project such as ECOalition meetings.
  • Form partnerships with faculty to expand on the number of faculty that bring their classes to the garden.
  • Develop strategies to ensure that the Greenhouse and Garden Project is a safe space for all people in the UCSB community.
  • Participate in community volunteer days hosted by Greenhouse and Garden Project and encourage more students (including non- GHGP members) to participate in volunteer days.
  • Help maintain the Edible Campus Program garden plot at Greenhouse and Garden Project for use as an educational tool in workshops and tours.

Minimum Requirements

  • Basic knowledge of gardening and farming.
  • Creative ideas on how to engage a diversity of people in gardening and farming.
  • Innovative approaches to building excitement for gardening with students who are not already interested in gardening.
  • Basic understanding of food justice and unequal access to healthy food choices.
  • Good communicator.
  • Past experience with outreach and/or communication efforts.

Preferred Requirements

  • Experience developing or leading workshops.
  • Experience with coalition building.

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 Katie Maynard, internshipsucsbsustainability@gmail.com by deadline at the top of this posting.  If you are eligible for work-study, please note this in the cover letter. Work-study is not required, but is preferred.

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