Interested in joining the ICG family? ICG seeks individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are excited about environmental education, nonprofit administration, and community growth. ICG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Playful Nature Explorers Assistant Educator
Ithaca Children’s Garden seeks candidates for Assistant Educator for Playful Nature Explorers, ICG’s garden-based, outdoor preschool. Following the rhythm of the seasons, Playful Nature’s play-based, child-centered curriculum allows the natural curiosity of children ages 2.5-6 to lead their explorations and creative expressions. Based at Ithaca Children’s Garden, Playful Nature spends most of their time outdoors. The Just Be Cause Center provides a winter location where children begin their days Nov-early March prior to walking to Ithaca Children’s Garden via the Waterfront Trail. The Assistant Educator works directly with preschoolers supporting their curiosity, play, development, and independence. They will work closely with Playful Nature’s lead educator and assist in all aspects of the program. Applications accepted through February 4 or until the position is filled. Full details here.
Ithaca Children’s Garden seeks candidates for Registrar, who handles all aspects of ICG’s program registration needs, and provides administrative support for programs and events. This position works in close collaboration with ICG’s education team and reports to ICG’s Operations Manager. A great deal of attention to detail and excellence in communication and organization are essential to success. This is a part-time, year-round position, at 20 hours/week and is benefits eligible. The compensation rate for this position is $16/hour. Candidates with diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications currently under review. Full details here.
Summer Camp Staff
Assistant Camp Director
The Assistant Camp Director is responsible for management of a summer day camp for children ages 6-13 at Ithaca Children’s Garden. This person will provide daily, on-the-ground leadership for camp staff and supervision of campers. The Assistant Camp Director will maintain camp reports and serve as on-site parent and community liaison during the camp day, ensuring camp policies and procedures are followed. The Assistant Camp Director is the curator of camp culture and ensures the mission of ICG is represented at camp by supporting children and staff in a respectful, empathetic and empowering way, ensuring both relational and physical safety. They will collaborate on program planning and assist in leading camp staff training. Full details and application here.
Garden Mentor/Playworker, ages 10-13
Garden Mentor/Playworkers lead and support environmental education and outdoor free play with Ithaca Children’s Garden summer campers ages 10-13 in a public garden setting. Programs are multidisciplinary — where science, art, cooking, gardening, ecology, and play combine to create unique and memorable experiences for children. 40 hours per week from June 15-August 28, 2020. $13.00/hour. Full details and application here.
Garden Mentor/Playworker, ages 6-9
Garden Mentor/Playworkers lead and support environmental education and outdoor free play with Ithaca Children’s Garden summer campers ages 6-9 in a public garden setting. Programs are multidisciplinary — where science, art, cooking, gardening, ecology, and play combine to create unique and memorable experiences for children. 40 hours per week from June 15-August 28, 2020. $13.00/hour. Full details and application here.
Garden Mentor/Playworker, ages 3-5
Garden Mentor/Playworkers lead and support environmental education and outdoor free play with Ithaca Children’s Garden summer campers ages 3-5 in a public garden setting. Programs are multidisciplinary — where science, art, cooking, gardening, ecology, and play combine to create unique and memorable experiences for children. 30-35 hours per week from June 15-August 21, 2020 (opportunity to continue until 8/28 if desired). $13.00/hour. Full details and application here.
Food Systems and Cooking Educator
Plan and deliver garden-based education activities and cooking projects for Ithaca Children’s Garden summer campers ages 6-13. Utilize the 6,000 sq foot vegetable garden, flock of hens, beehives, and kids’ kitchen to introduce children to garden ecology and cooking with garden-fresh produce. Responsible for leading all-camp Pizza Friday lunch and planning and working with campers to prepare two afternoon all-camp snacks per week. 25-28 hours per week from June 15-August 28, 2020. $14.00/hour. Full details and application here.
Teen Urban Farmers (TUF) Leadership Assistant
This individual will be responsible for co-leading a 6-week job-training program for teens, ages 14-18. This person will directly supervise, manage and educate teens at various times throughout the day. They will oversee group when the TUF Manager is unavailable, being second in command. They will ensure that teens stay on task, delegating responsibilities as appropriate, and confirming work is being completed correctly. Must have excellent communication skills, regularly coordinating with TUF Manager, TUF mentor, Facility Manager, Assistant Camp Director, and other staff. There will be opportunities to lead team-building activities and educate teens in vegetable gardening, landscaping, retail and technical skills. This person will role model good work ethic, care for others and the environment, and proper tool use. Full details and application here.
Summer 2020 Internships
All internships are available to work study eligible students or those interested in an academic credit or unpaid internship.
The Horticulture intern will work under the direction of ICG’s Facilities Manager in all areas of garden maintenance for the 3-acre public garden. Areas of focus include a 6,000 sq foot cultivated vegetable garden; wetland, wildflower meadow, and bird habitat natural areas; hundreds of perennial plantings; several art installations; a progressive play area called the Hands-On-Nature Anarchy Zone; and the first phase installation of a large edible forest garden. Upon completion of the program, the student will have acquired practical horticultural knowledge and skills. Full details and application here.
Development & Fundraising Intern
Help ICG cultivate and steward our friends and supporters in a variety of strategic and creative ways, from writing innovative thank you notes and connecting with corporate sponsors to developing multi-media strategies for expressing gratitude and engaging new supporters. Consider applying if you are organized, creative, and want to gain valuable nonprofit and fundraising skills. Full details and application here.
Marketing and Communications Intern
Work with ICG’s communications and administrative teams to support the day-to-day communications and marketing work of Ithaca Children’s Garden. Draft, coordinate, and distribute promotional materials, draft and distribute press releases, draft and coordinate blog and newsletter content, assist with social media management, and take photographs at ICG events and programs. Full details and application here.
The photojournalist intern will work closely with communications and education staff to tell the story of summer at Ithaca Children’s Garden. Create content that reflects ICG’s mission and vision. Capture the experience of campers, teen urban farmers, event participants, and visitors each week. Create a weekly camp newsletter as well as weekly blog entries that share these moments with campers’ families and the greater community. Full details and application here.
Non-Profit Administration Intern
Work with ICG’s administrative team to support the day-to-day administrative tasks and duties typical of many non-profit organizations. Assist with program registration, support donor relations, manage summer camp rosters, assist with program and event management, answer phones, assist with meeting preparations, and support data management efforts. Full details and application here.