Schuyler CCE Garden-Based Learning Intern

Worksite Location
CCE Schuyler
Faculty Sponsor
Marcia Eames-Sheavly, Department of Horticulture; Elizabeth Gabriel, Professional Development Educator, Cornell Garden-Based Learning (CGBL)
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Schuyler CCE; Brett Chedzoy, Sr. Resource Educator; Jenn Sweet, Director - Hidden Valley 4-H Camp, Roger Ort, Horticulture Community Educator), and select Schuyler County Master Gardener Volunteers
Stipend Amount
$4,000
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

Interest in gardening is growing throughout NYS, and Cooperative Extension continues to explore the most innovative avenues through which to educate and inspire citizens. Demonstration gardens have proven to be an important arena for a number of significant learning opportunities. Schuyler CCE has identified the need for a strengthened approach to a local demonstration garden as a way to help hundreds of local residents learn more about horticulture. This garden-based learning intern will help Schuyler CCE to further develop, utilize and maximize the educational benefit of the Teaching Garden, which lies adjacent to the CCE office complex. The attractive and spacious Teaching Garden was established five years ago as an outdoor classroom for educating the community on a wide-range of horticultural topics. Additional garden-based learning programs for youth are also planned at the regional 4-H summer camp's garden at Hidden Valley located 5 minutes from the Teaching Garden at Schuyler CCE. The dual sites will increase the impacts of the internship through opportunities for expanded audiences, activities and demonstrations. The summer intern will: begin with an initial preparation which includes an overview of important initiatives, such as sustainability, and diversity and inclusion, as well as practical guidance related to stakeholder needs assessment and successful program development process; help develop and deliver a season-long curriculum with input from leadership; share the results of the approach through diverse documentation which will includes a web-based success story, to be distributed through CCE News and the Cornell Garden-Based Learning Blog. For photos of the gardens, visit: http://schuyler.cce.cornell.edu/gardening

Roles and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the collaborators listed above, the intern will: participate in a preparation/training session; develop and deliver targeted educational programs for both youth and adult audiences at the Teaching Garden and Hidden Valley, with guidance in intentionally adapting CGBL curricula; create, enhance, and lead activities which support the maintenance of the gardens; observe how volunteers are developed, supervised and rewarded, and work with educators to implement two volunteer training and celebration experiences; monitor for pests; collect data in variety trials; and report and share the results statewide to educate and inspire others.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Must be a full-time CALS freshman, sophomore or junior. Graduating seniors are not eligible. Must meet NYS Department of Motor Vehicle requirement, if applicable.

The candidate will need excellent communication skills, both written and oral. A documented interest in working with people is necessary. H/she should be attentive to detail and should possess a general knowledge of, and enthusiasm for gardening and home food production; a desire to work with a variety of audiences; and an interest in, and the ability to perform some physical work in outdoor conditions.

Benefits and Skills

Increased knowledge of CCE successful program development process and audience needs assessment; basic gardening and local food production experience; volunteer development; and written and oral expression. Intern will gain significant experience in facilitating learning experiences for both adult and youth audiences in an outdoor classroom environment through the co-leadership of numerous classes and activities.