Land Stewardship Internship (2021)

Business: Duluth Community Garden Program

Location: Duluth, MN

Type: Full Time,Part Time

Application Start Date: 2021/01/12

Application Deadline: 2021/06/30

Land Stewardship Internship (2021)
Working from home possible periodically

Full or Part Time

Part-time. Hours flexible, but must be coordinated with the DCGP Land Stewardship Coordinator (hours below). Hours subject to vary based on pandemic development, present needs of the garden season, and staff schedules. Possibility for regular (approximately bi-weekly) evening or weekend “Work Bees” (volunteer events open to the public).

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 8:00am - 4:30pm

Seasonal: Summer. Limited late spring and early fall opportunities available.


The Duluth Community Garden Program (DCGP) strives to cultivate healthy neighborhoods by providing access to land, resources, and community. DCGP accomplishes this by renting community garden plots out on a sliding fee scale at 21 locations across the city. DCGP provides gardening related education, and lends out gardening tools; cooking and preserving equipment; and books to gardeners and members.

The Land Stewardship Coordinator’s (LSC) role is to rent out garden plots; handle gardener and volunteer relations; plan and execute garden repairs and improvements; plan volunteer events in the gardens (“Work Bees”); and ensure garden plots and common areas are maintained at all gardens throughout the season. The Land Stewardship Intern will report directly to the LSC helping wherever needed to accomplish these goals.

Responsibilities likely to include but not limited to:

  • Maintaining garden common areas

  • Repairing and building garden infrastructure

  • Maintaining the tool library

  • Updating spreadsheets of gardener and volunteer information

  • Tending the DCGP garlic crops, food shelf plots, and giving gardens

  • Tilling garden plots with a BCS two wheel tractor

  • Small motorized tools operation - tillers, mowers, weedwackers

  • Researching gardening best practices and responses to gardener questions

  • Helping to facilitate Work Bees and leading volunteer groups (if pandemic situation allows for gatherings outdoors)

  • Development of promotional and outreach materials

  • Assisting with events such as Spring Fling (April), the Plant and Seed Sale (May), Harvest Dinner

(September/October), Pumpkin Patch (October)


DCGP is a small non-profit and does not have the capacity to pay interns. However, DCGP highly values the time put in by all its volunteers, especially interns committed to a higher volume of service over a longer period of time. Within the confines of the position, LSC will act as mentor to the intern and help them to pursue their areas of interest. Possible examples of arrangements could be the intern in conducting small scale vegetable growing research in a DCGP plot; the intern learning and improving skills handling a BCS two-wheel tractor; the intern focusing on leadership skill development and leading volunteers; the intern learning more about nonprofit management through interaction with the DCGP Director, Board, and Land Stewardship Committee. Interns are also offered a garden plot with DCGP free of charge. DCGP is happy to provide documentation of hours worked, references, or a certificate of completion for whatever needs the intern has.

Seeking applicants who are:

  • Flexible, able to work around variable weather, special events (changing schedules), and willing to do a wide range of tasks not limited to land management and gardening.

  • Motivated and able to work independently without being supervised. This is very important due to the small DCGP staff and busy working hours during the garden season.

  • Able-bodied, and able to lift, bend over, move around rough terrain, and do general yard and garden work safely.

  • Effective communicators and willing to lead groups of volunteers.

  • Open-minded and eager to learn new skills and try new things.

  • Happy working outdoors

  • (Helpful but not required) Experienced in gardening and farming; using power tools, tillers, lawn mowers, and other tools; basic carpentry; and volunteer coordination.

Other requirements:

  • Personal transportation required. Must be able to get to gardens across the city of Duluth, potentially multiple gardens in one day of work.

Interested parties should contact Starr Brainard, DCGP Land Stewardship Coordinator at or 218-722-4583.

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