2019 QBG Farm and Compost Internship, NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Botanical Garden (QBG), in partnership with the Department of Sanitation of New York’s (DSNY) NYC Compost Project, is seeking seasonal interns for the QBG Farm & Compost site.

QBG Farm & Compost site is a place where New Yorkers can participate in and learn about urban farming and composting through tours, workshops, internships, and volunteer opportunities. Fruit and vegetables are grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, and compost is made and applied to promote soil and plant health. Crops harvested are shared with seasonal interns and volunteers and donated to emergency food relief programs. Compost is used across the botanical garden and the Farm as well as distributed to those who participate in Food Scrap Drop-Offs.
Interns will support NYC Compost Project staff in running and maintaining one acre of intensively planted, mixed vegetable, fruit, and flower production and educational areas. Interns will also help support on-site composting operations; including processing organics collected at food scrap drop-offs. We are looking for dedicated, hard-working individuals with a keen interest in urban farming and composting.

Timeframe:
Interns must be able to work Mondays and Thursdays over a three- to six-month period of time between mid-April and late October.

Learning Objectives:
– Learn fundamentals of sustainable agriculture including crop choice, rotational growing, drip irrigation, and pest/disease management
– Acquire hands-on skills in urban farming through planting, tending and harvesting crops
– Understand and maintain healthy soils, learn to use compost, cover crops, and mulch
– Gain proficiency in composting by processing food waste and helping to manage onsite compost piles
– Cultivate an in-depth awareness about food scrap recycling and waste reduction in NYC

Qualifications:
– Self-motivated, excellent communicator, with the ability to work alone as well as with others
– Commitment to being present and punctual on workdays
– Willingness to work outdoors in all weather; able to lift up to 40 pounds
–  Interest in food waste reduction and urban agriculture
– Ability to perform diverse, sometimes repetitive, tasks that can be physically demanding

Interns will receive a weekly stipend of $100, monthly MetroCard, and share of vegetables. Qualifying applicants are encouraged to earn school or program credit for their work with us and to research funding opportunities through their learning institutions.

The NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden works to rebuild NYC’s soils by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. The NYC Compost Project is funded and managed by the NYC Department of Sanitation’s Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability. Learn more at nyc.gov/compostproject and queensbotanical.org/farmandcompost/

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