Internships

UPDATE: We have extended applications for the internship positions listed below until Tuesday, April 15th at 5:00pm. To apply, please send a completed Internship Application in an email to info@plantchicago.com with the subject line “Plant Chicago Internship.”

Interns will gain hands-on experience in urban farming, waste stream recapture, materials reuse, and sustainability. Interns are expected to commit to 16-20 hours each week for 3 months (or 5 months for the Outdoor Farm & Farmers Market internships). In that time they will assist with the daily operations of their department, and they will coordinate with their supervisor on an educational project. Currently, all internships are unpaid.

 

Aquaponics/Indoor Farming Internship

aquaponics-internship-picture1-300x199• Positions available: 2, from April – June

• Overview: Want to learn about closed-loop food production through aquaponic farming? In our Aquaponics Internship, gain hands-on experience with our aquaponics systems and indoor food production.

• Physical Demands: Some requirements for lifting, pushing, and pulling items greater than 50 pounds.

Duties and Responsibilities: Assist with daily maintenance tasks of the Aquaponic Farm, including cleaning, feeding fish, propagating and transplanting crops, harvesting and preparing crops for market sales, and tracking data of all system inputs and outputs. Identify an individual internship project in coordination with the Farm Manager.

• Qualifications: We are seeking candidates who are passionate, hard-working, reliable, motivated & and willing to get their hands dirty. Basic knowledge and experience in farming or horticulture required. Experience with aquaponics or hydroponics systems a plus.

 

Outdoor Farming Internship

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• Positions available: 2, May – September

Overview: The outdoor farm uses intensive and organic production methods to grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to sell at market.

Physical Demands: Some requirements for lifting, pushing, and pulling items greater than 50 pounds. Work outside in all types of weather.

Duties and Responsibilities: Assist with daily maintenance tasks of the Outdoor Farm including planting and maintaining crops, weeding, watering, garden bed preparation, harvesting & preparing crops for market sales, and tracking data of all system inputs and outputs. Identify an individual internship project in coordination with the Farm Manager.

Qualifications: We are seeking candidates who are passionate, hard-working, reliable, motivated & and willing to get their hands dirty. Basic knowledge and experience in farming or horticulture a plus.

Farmers Market Internship

Positions available: 1, April – September

Overview: What to put farm-to-plate into action? Get involved in The Plant’s local neighborhood farmer’s market!

Duties and Responsibilities: Assist with community outreach and market promotional material. Help staff the weekly market table on Saturdays at The Back of the Yards Farmers Market. Coordinate with The Plant’s food producers to provide a variety of food products in a food desert. Identify an individual internship project to document materials reuse in coordination with the Farmers Market Manager.

Qualifications: We are seeking candidates who are passionate, hard-working, reliable, motivated & and are detail oriented.

 

Mycology/Mushroom Farming Internshipmushroom-internship-picture

Positions available: 2, April – June

Overview: In our Mushroom Farm internship, learn what it takes for the successful production of specialty mushrooms both indoors and outdoors.

Physical Demands: Some requirements for lifting, pushing, and pulling items greater than 50 pounds.

Duties and Responsibilities: Assist with daily maintenance tasks of the mushroom farm including cleaning, lab work and sterilization, shredding & pasteurizing straw, production and inoculation of straw logs, packaging bags for retail sale, and tracking all necessary data for farm operations. Identify an individual internship project in coordination with the Mushroom Farm Manager.

• Qualifications: We are seeking candidates who are passionate, hard-working, reliable, motivated & and have a high attention to detail. Basic knowledge and experience mycology or mushroom cultivation a plus.

 

Education Internship

Positions available: 1, April – June

Overview: The education program at Plant Chicago focuses on promoting the concepts of urban farming, waste stream recapture, materials reuse, and sustainability to the public and to schools, community groups, and nonprofits in the form of tours of The Plant, workshops, community outreach and special events.

Duties and Responsibilities: Major tasks include serving as a tour guide, event coordination, social media engagement, marketing, and fundraising. Identify an individual internship project in coordination with the Education Coordinator.

Qualifications: We are seeking candidates who are passionate, hard-working, reliable, motivated & and have a high attention to detail.

 

Construction Internship

• Positions available: 3, April – June

• Overview: Interested in building, repurposing, materials reuse, and data collection? Apply for our construction internships and help build out of spaces while documenting our materials reuse.

• Physical Demands: Some requirements for lifting, pushing, and pulling items greater than 50 pounds.

Duties and Responsibilities: Assist with the build out and repurposing of new spaces at The Plant. Identify an individual internship project to document materials reuse in coordination with the Construction Manager.

Qualifications: We are seeking candidates who are passionate, hard-working, reliable, motivated & and are willing to get their hands dirty. Basic knowledge of construction tools a must. Experience with design, engineering, or construction preferred.

 

Web and IT Development Internship

Positions available: 1, April – June

Overview: The Plant is looking for a tech savvy individual who is interested in helping us with our IT infrastructure and web presence.

Duties and Responsibilities: Assist with implementing cloud-based computing, web hosting, and security solutions. Identify an individual internship project in coordination with the Director of Programs.

• Qualifications: We are seeking candidates who are passionate, hard-working, reliable, motivated & and are detail oriented. Basic understanding of web-based applications, security, and IT infrastructure & configuration required. Experience with WordPress a plus.