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The School Garden Network (SGN) of Sonoma County is seeking motivated, responsible and hard-working teens for its summer School Garden Apprenticeship (SGA) program. This program will train and pay eight teens during the summer months to maintain school gardens and install irrigation systems to SGN member schools. The mission of the School Garden Apprenticeship is to provide job preparedness skills for youth 16 years of age and older. The long term goal of the program is for teen participants to receive enough training in irrigation installation that it could be a viable pathway for employment in the future.
The School Garden Network is a local non-profit organization that inspires, supports and promotes long-term garden and nutrition-based learning programs at Sonoma County schools. For the last 15 years, SGN has awarded over $175,000 directly to 45 school garden programs here in Sonoma County. SGN is the only non-profit organization that directly supports all Sonoma County school gardens from pre-kindergarten through high school.
Joining the team of School Garden Apprentices is a great opportunity for youth to earn some extra money during the summer, spend time outside, and learn about productive and efficient garden systems. School Garden Apprentices will be trained in drip irrigation installation and basic gardening skills and will participate in up to 4 Water Wise School Garden installations projects over the summer. These participants will work in school gardens 5-12 hours per week and get paid $11 per hour. All teens will be under the supervision of SGN staff Sue Davis, and volunteer Steve Ehrmann.
School Garden Apprentices must:
· Attend a mandatory training on Friday June 16th at Ceres community garden in Sebastopol from 9am-1pm
· Provide his/her own transportation to each garden site. Workdays are Tues or Thursdays from 9am-3pm. Locations (Santa Rosa/Sebastopol and Petaluma) and schedule TBA
· Be responsible for completing a work log and evaluation
Applications are due via email by June 12, 2017 at 12 noon. For questions, contact Sue Davis at 415-812-3924 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More info here: School Garden Apprenticeship Program