Edible Schoolyard NYC Summer Garden Volunteer Program

Edible Schoolyard NYC is seeking committed volunteers to join us for our summer garden volunteer program!

Position Description

The Summer Garden Volunteer Program is a weekly commitment that runs from Tuesday, July 9 to Tuesday, August 27 at P.S. 216 in Gravesend, Brooklyn. We ask volunteers to make sure they will attend at least 5 sessions over those 8 weeks. Working under the supervision of our Garden Management team, volunteers help with garden maintenance; cultivate food grown for programming; and model positive behavior in the teaching garden, a place of wonder and respect for the environment and the community. Volunteers have the opportunity to develop and share skills related to growing organic food in an urban environment, and will work alongside equally enthusiastic advocates of edible education. This is not a teaching position.


Responsibilities include:

  • Participating in composting, mulching, irrigation, planting, weeding, and other routine garden tasks;
  • Assisting in maintenance of garden facilities and equipment;
  • Harvesting in preparation for a weekly farmstand that takes place on Friday afternoons.


The Summer Garden Volunteer Program is a 2-month unpaid program, which takes place on Tuesdays from 9am to 12pm. The program begins July 9 and concludes August 27, but volunteers are welcome to rejoin for the following Fall season if they’d like. 

Additional requirements:

  • Volunteers must be comfortable being around children 
  • All new volunteers must pass a background check provided by NYC Public Schools (paid for by ESYNYC)
  • All new volunteers must complete a mandatory sexual abuse prevention training

Application Information

Interested applicants should send an email with “Summer Garden Volunteer Program” in the subject line to df@esynyc.org, and let us know why you are interested in the opportunity. No experience necessary, but we’d love to hear if you have any! No phone calls or drop-ins, please.


Getting to PS 216 in Gravesend, Brooklyn

PS 216 Arturo Toscanini is located at 350 Avenue X, Brooklyn, NY 11223. The location is accessible via the F/N/Q trains and the B1/B4 buses.