Friendship Community Garden - Intern II (Bilingual in Spanish Required)

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Internship
  • Salary: $18.40 - $23.80 Hourly USD

Job Description

Friendship County Park is located in North Fair Oaks, an unincorporated area of Redwood City. Through community collaboration, the small urban park was developed to provide outdoor recreation and space to grow fresh vegetables in a neighborhood with limited access to these services. The park is situated on San Francisco Public Utility Commission land and is managed by the San Mateo County Parks Department.

Less than an acre in size, the park features 30 community garden planters, colorful climbing structures, swings, slides, picnic tables and more.

Staff from San Mateo County Health's Nutrition, Education and Obesity Program provide nutritional education sessions for gardeners and families. Plot use is through an agreement with San Mateo County Parks and requires regular participation in meetings and clean-up days.
The community garden intern will report to Park district supervising rangers to coordinate garden plot agreements, schedule regular meetings with plot holders, park staff and San Mateo County Health staff. The intern is expected to maintain consistent and effective communication in Spanish with plot holders regarding plot openings and agreements, garden conditions, clean-up days, and nutrition education sessions during the gardening season, from approximately mid-February to mid-October.

Due to the pandemic, modifications will be made to the programs to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. COVID-19 precautions in accordance with state and county guidelines will be in place.

NOTE: This is an extra-help, at-will assignment, paid on an hourly basis. Some extra help positions are eligible for benefits under the Affordable Care Act. Extra help employees are not guaranteed permanent status at the end of the assignment.
Examples Of Duties
The Friendship Park garden intern will be responsible for:
  • Management of garden plot availability and agreements
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for community garden participants; maintain regular communications by phone, text and email
  • Coordinate and facilitate planning meetings to design, build, plant and maintain gardens
  • Work alongside gardeners; identify and address any needs or challenges
  • Lead and facilitate regular on-site educational opportunities for gardeners with staff from Parks, San Mateo County Health, Office of Sustainability and community partners
  • Manage on-site garden tools and supplies; identify supplies that may be required from district maintenance shop or other sources
The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal skills and possess the ability to effectively communicate in English and Spanish with diverse community members and San Mateo County staff to support gardeners. This position may require driving from different park locations, using County Radios, some manual labor and handling of hand tools.

This is a part-time position of up to 20 hours per week working seasonally spring to fall per the days listed below. Hours will vary according to season, availability of daylight hours, and scheduled meetings with gardeners and San Mateo County Health and Office of Sustainability staff*:

Tuesday: Noon - 5 p.m.
Wednesday: Noon - 5 p.m.
Thursday: Noon - 5 p.m.
Friday: Noon - 5 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 5 p.m.

*Hours are subject to change depending on timing constraints for specific work tasks, and flexibility with listed time frames can be negotiated.

This position has the tentative start date of August 23, 2021. This position will expire once 1040 hours are achieved.

There is 1 opening for this position.
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Bilingual in Spanish required
  • Experience in food growing and garden management
  • Knowledge of and ability to teach gardening concepts
  • Ability to engage with individuals of many demographics and histories - youth, seniors, immigrants, economically diverse
  • Strong planning and organizational skills with ability to plan events and organize participants and volunteers
  • Must have a valid California Driver's License

Interested applicants must submit the following:
  • A complete online application
  • Cover letter attachment
  • Resume attachment
IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

For questions about this internship, please contact Rogelio Castaneda at For questions/comments/issues relating to the application process and material submissions, please contact Chaten Berry at

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs. The County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

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