Urban Agriculture Internship Program - Now Accepting Applications for Spring & Summer

Do you want to hang out with awesome urban gardening warriors and gain stand-out community organization skills? We are heading into our busiest season of the year and are currently accepting applications for our Urban Agriculture Internship.

Backyard Growers is a grassroots organization helping to reshape Gloucester's relationship with food. We provide resources and support to establish vegetable gardens at homes, housing communities, organizations, and schools. In the end we create life-long gardeners inspired by the power of growing one's own food.

Job Description: This position highlights the following skill sets: non-profit management, community organizing, K-6 garden-based education, and organic gardening. The Urban Agriculture Intern reports to the Community Engagement Coordinator and supports all of our programs and initiatives.

Timeline: Spring 2016 & Summer 2016
Internship Type: Unpaid Internship
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Hour Requirements: Days and times are flexible and can be arranged based on the intern’s availability. Occasional evening and weekends needed. At least 5 hours per week.
Logistics: Interns will receive a small stipend to cover travel costs at work.

To apply, please send a current resume and cover letter to internships@backyardgrowers.org with “Urban Agriculture Internship” as the subject line.


  • Attend mandatory BYG Intern training

  • Work directly with program participants, school children, and volunteers

  • Develop and maintain organizational records and documents, contribute to the website and Facebook page, and work on special projects

  • Assist with garden workdays, curriculum development, teaching High School horticulture lessons, ongoing garden maintenance, school lessons, workshops, trainings, events, and cafeteria tastings at schools and in the community

  • Assist with program logistics (placing orders, doing errands, buying supplies, prep work van)


  • An innovative self-starter with problem solving skills, creativity, ambition, and strong work ethic

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Enjoys working with children and diverse community members

  • Basic computer skills – Microsoft Word & Excel, email, internet, and social media

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds

  • Must have access to a vehicle

  • Knowledge of organic gardening and/or farming a plus

  • Knowledge of Gloucester neighborhoods and communities a plus