Now Accepting Applications



Farm And youth Educator Internship


River City Youth Ops is now accepting applications for the Farm and Youth Educator Internships. This is a part time, seasonal position. The Farm & Youth Educator will teach engaging hands-on activities about organic farming practices, food safety, nutrition, environmental stewardship, leadership, and teamwork. They will aid the farm manager in leading and delegating farm tasks to 12-18 year old crew members, and will help in farmers' market and wash & prep operations.

Interns are given responsibility to teach independently as well as with a team, gaining valuable experience for future teaching in environmental education. Interns work alongside teenage youth from the West Central Neighborhood, engaging the youth crew members in developing leadership skills, learning about sustainable agriculture, and cultivating job and life skills.

For interns not receiving school credit or work study pay through their college or university, River City Youth Ops offers hourly pay to interns at a rate of up to $12 per hour.

About River City Youth Ops

River City Youth Ops creates opportunities for youth enrichment in their neighborhoods through community engagement, job training, and education. We envision a diverse community of empowered, skilled and capable youth working to strengthen themselves and their local environment.

Our core program is a paid summertime youth training program that includes a scattered-site urban farm-to-market and a youth-run lawn care business. This year, we aim to hire around 50 youth ages 12-18 for urban farming, food preparation, farmers' market, lawncare, and leadership positions.  

Structure of Position

  • Internship duration: Mid-April thru October (flexible start & end dates)
  • Spring & Fall: 4-12 hours/week, unpaid for the spring, 3-4 days a week with occasional weekends
  • Summer: 30-35 hours/week, 4-5 days a week with occasional weekends. After spring, you are eligible for one of the paid positions for a full summer and fall commitment
  • College credit available with approval from your school/advisor; positions available to non-students
  • Farm-grown food is available to interns as it becomes ready
  • Interns are supported by the Farm Manager and Executive Director
  • Farm manager oversees daily activities and supports the intern’s growth during weekly meetings throughout the duration of the contract


  • Mentor teens in quality youth enrichment through community engagement, job training, and education
  • Attend weekly meetings with Farm Manager, and other interns/staff
  • Maintain and enforce RCYO policies and procedures
  • May be responsible for driving work truck, as needed (21 and older)
  • Attends other RCYO events when assigned - garden parties, big projects, etc.
  • Teach lessons, lead farm chores and activities, and coordinate tours in River City Youth Ops Urban Farm; independently and with co-teacher, with support and feedback from farm manager.
  • Teach the following topics: plant life cycles, planting, garden care, insects, pollination, beekeeping, composting, harvesting, healthy eating, community, cycles, and much more!
  • Act as a responsible and positive role model for River City Youth Ops Youth Crew Members
  • Document activities through photography and record keeping for reports, grant proposals, and marketing.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A passion for mentoring teens, good food, and working outdoors!
  • Excellent leadership skills to direct youth crew members (12-18 years old)
  • Ability to work with diverse socio-economic background
  • Some supervision/management/mentorship experience with youth
  • Must be excited to work outside in all weather conditions, and be able to serve as a mature, healthy role model for children and teens.
  • Must be excited to teach in an engaging, dynamic and sometimes challenging environment
  • Must be able to work collaboratively with a team and independently without direct supervision
  • Drivers License and clean driving record
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs and work long hours outdoors
  • Must pass a background check


To apply, please send a letter of interest, and resume to by March 31st, 2018. For more information, contact Maddy Halverson: or (509)703.7433.