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2015 BOB Intern Applications

Gregory Owens

The Bozeman Youth Initiative is accepting applications for INTERN positions with its Spring 2015 Bozone Ozone Bus ("BOB") Mobile Greenhouse education program. 

Photo by Madde Gnauck.

Program Description

The Bozone Ozone Bus (“BOB”) is a mobile greenhouse education program that features a 40-foot school bus that has been converted into a greenhouse and which visits local elementary schools with a team of six teen interns who lead young students through interactive experiences that supplement and expand upon content points in the Bozeman School District science curriculum.  In addition to touring the mobile greenhouse, students learn the basics of planting seeds and caring for plants as well as basic plant anatomy and science.   All demonstration plants are grown by interns under L.E.D. lights in an improvised (“DIY”) grow-room at BYI headquarters.  2015 will be the sixth season for the “BOB” program, which developed out of a youth-led community-wide collaboration of more than 200 individuals and groups and has reached more than 10,000 local kids.

Internships are approximately February 1 – June 1. Upon successful completion of the program, interns will earn $450. (Please note, internship payments may be subject to some taxes.) Previous experience with plants, science or teaching is helpful, but not required. Anyone ages 14-18 may apply.

APPLY ONLINE HERE.  Deadline to apply is Friday, January 30, 2015 at 5pm MST.

To learn more about this program, check out Ned Gall's short documentary film, BOB the Greenhouse Bus.

Questions? Call Greg Owens at (406) 580-3659 or email bozemanyouthinfo@gmail.com.

Position Description

Six (6) Student Instructors will assist with planting, maintenance and lesson planning, as well as teach lessons to local elementary students about plant anatomy and growth, growing food, and the broader natural environment. Team members are expected to make a commitment and attend all required and scheduled work and teaching sessions except in the event of emergency or extraordinary circumstances. 

Time Commitments

Commitment will include orientation meetings, planting sessions, workdays, workshops, and teaching at local elementary schools in conjunction with bus visits, as well as participating in the BOB plant sale fundraiser at the end of the school tour. Internship lasts approximately February 1 – June 1.

Financial Consideration

Upon successful completion of all required training, workdays, teaching sessions, and plant sale fundraiser, interns will earn $450.

Expectations

Student instructors will be expected to attend all planting dates, work days, and training sessions, as well as teaching assignments and to participate in the plant sale fundraiser. This is a big project with many pieces; we will make every effort to notify participants of schedule and scheduling changes as proactively as possible. We expect everyone involved in the project to do the same. Furthermore, it is expected that anyone who participates in this program will represent BYI positively at all times.

2014 BOB interns (L>R) Kayla Verzuh, Kate Moore, Rylea Rubright, Sicily Ranieri, Cherokee Nevin, Madde Gnauck.

(Tentative) Schedule

February

Two (2) Planting Sessions at approximately 2 hours each. Student instructors plant seeds and start plants that will be transferred to bus for school visits.  Simultaneously, they learn the basic lessons of plant growth and science that will be taught to school kids.

March

Work Day 1:  Interns get introduced to bus, have opportunity to contribute ideas of how they want to use it, participate in clean-up and getting BOB ready for spring season.

Transplanting (as needed): Hands-on training in proper technique of transplanting, as well as additional planting as needed.

April

Work Day 2:  Plants transferred onto the BOB bus.  Interns will organize and arrange plants on bus to fit with their lessons and activities, also taking time this day to make other changes and modifications to interior arrangement.

Teaching Training – TBA.  Interns will teach lessons with small group of students with input and feedback from Program Director.

arth Day Event (April 22) – TBA.

Other work calls as necessary Feb-April.

May

Interns will teach lessons with bus to 1st grade (also some Kindergarten and 2nd grade) students at local elementary schools, making arrangements, with support from BYI, to obtain activities excuses from school.

May 30 (TBA) – Plant Sale Fundraiser.