Boise Urban Garden School

Teen Opportunities - Teens in the Garden (TIG) Summer Service 2017

Teens in the Garden (TIG)
Summer Service Opportunities

Application Deadline: March 31, 2017


The Boise Urban Garden School will be cultivating our first crop of summer service teens and we’d like to invite you to apply! The BUGS Teens in the Garden (TIG) summer service program will help support our partnership with three school based community center gardens at Grace Jordan, Morley Nelson and Whitney elementary schools and in the BUGS education garden. This eight-week service program is for incoming 9th - 12th grade students.

The summer service involves a commitment of 80 - 96 hours the weeks of June 12 – August 11. There are 12 service positions available. TIG participants will average 10 - 12 hours a week/ two days per week. Two to four TIG participants will work a half day a week (from 9 am to 12 pm) in their “home” community center garden or at the BUGS education garden. On Fridays, all 12 TIG participants will come together for a longer day (9:30 am to 2:30 pm) at BUGS. Lunch will be prepared and provided by our culinary camp participants for TIG participants every Friday. There will be no program the week of July 3 - 7, 2017.

To volunteer, you are required to fill out our on-line application. Which can be initiated via the "Fill in an Application" button on the right hand side of this page. The TIG volunteer application requires you to list two references, and attach one letter of recommendation. So please have these ready to go, prior to starting the application process. The letter of recommendation can be from a current/former teacher, job supervisor, etc., but not from a family member or friend. The Boise School District will accept your volunteer hours toward the district’s community service requirements.


Teens in the Garden (TIG) Activities:


  • Helping the TIG Supervisor and BUGS Garden Coordinator with garden work including: hand weeding, hoeing, mulching, watering, composting system maintenance, planting, transplanting and other projects.
  • Teens may assist with teaching environmental education and teaching and developing garden art activities for children at their home garden site and at the BUGS garden.
  • Attending Friday morning presentations by community members including scientists, business owners, and others. These talks will be varied in nature and relate to gardening and agriculture. Subjects will be interdisciplinary and range from farming to literature and art.
  • Friday Market Day involves harvesting, cleaning, preparing, pricing, displaying, marketing and selling BUGS education garden produce to the public out of the BUGS Market Stand. Sales benefit the BUGS education programs.
  • Keep a Garden Journal/Portfolio


  • You do not need to have gardening experience to apply, but you must “dig” soil and not be afraid to get dirty!  Garden work requires energy and is physical. It can be hard sometimes, but it’s also very satisfying when you see the results of your efforts.  
  • We are looking for students who are curious, creative and can start each day with a positive attitude and energy.
  • Sometime gardening can be repetitive and you must be able to “stick with it” and stay focused when we need to pull that giant patch of weeds. We’re looking for students who can take initiative but also work as a part of a team. Leaders and listeners are equally valued!
  • Because you are an essential part of our team, we are asking that you commit fully to the program. We will expect you to arrive on time and participate fully. Sometimes you may have plans that conflict with your commitment like a family vacation. If you must be absent, we ask that you provide two weeks advance notice. We will permit two absences. 

 Volunteers must review the City of Boise Volunteer Handbook to participate.

Qualifications Required

  • Volunteer Handbook Review Must be Complete
  • Volunteer Waiver Must be Complete
  • Volunteer's Age Must be at least 13

Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Monday Morning
  • Tuesday Morning
  • Wednesday Morning
  • Thursday Morning
  • Friday - Morning, Afternoon

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