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Opportunities

Located in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania Riverbend fosters an awareness, appreciation and understanding of our total environment through educational programming. By growing both a love of nature and environmental literacy, we prepare informed, resilient leaders to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Aquaponics Education Intern

The Riverbend Aquaponic Greenhouse serves as an educational laboratory, demonstrating a sustainable agricultural technique, and depicting key components of our natural environment. We use aquaponics as a teaching tool, drawing comparisons between nature and the man-made aquaponic ecosystem.

The Aquaponics Education Intern will work alongside the Aquaponics Specialist to oversee the successful operation of the system and with members of the Education team to implement school programs. The ideal candidate will have an interest in aquaponics, sustainable agriculture, and working with students and possess creative problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills. 

Please note: This is a volunteer internship.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with regular Aquaponics system maintenance, including: seeding, transplanting, harvesting and general system monitoring

  • Fish feeding & monitoring

  • Complete routine nutrient additions as well as monitoring plants for any nutrient deficiencies 

  • Maintain cleanliness of greenhouse 

  • Troubleshoot equipment malfunctions and assist in correcting as necessary

  • Leading groups of elementary and middle school students in activities as part of their field trip.

Schedule:

  • Internships are flexible. We accept applications on a rolling basis..

  • Shifts are typically 2-3 days per week, 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. depending on system and education department needs. 

  • 8-13 hours per week

Skills and Requirements:

  • Passionate about environmental education with a strong interest in sustainable food production 

  • Strong work ethic - willingness to do "whatever it takes"

  • Ability to work unsupervised and troubleshoot basic repairs when working alone

  • Capable interpersonal skills, including working with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and age levels

To apply: Fill out this application and email it with a resume and cover letter to:  Rosie Arnoldrarnold@riverbendeec.org