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Summer 2022 Youth Intern

Being an intern with The Green Heart Project’s Youth Internship Program is more than a job. It’s an opportunity to get paid, have fun, make new friends, spend time outside and help your community. By the end of the summer, you will develop career preparedness and healthy living skills that promote engaged citizenship through urban farming. As a Youth Intern, you will assist with farm maintenance and produce sales, at our pay what you can Farmers Market. You will also engage in lessons connecting food, health, culture, and the environment on an urban farm that serves as an outdoor classroom and learning laboratory. APPLY HERE!


  • Application Priority Deadline: 11:59pm on Thursday, April 14th
  • Group interviews: March 26th, April 9th, or April 16th
  • Program: June 13th-August 5th
  • Be 15- 19 years of age by June 13, 2022
  • Have completed 9th grade
  • Available to work over the summer during the 8-week program 
  • Answer all questions on the Internship Application
  • Provide contact information for two personal or professional references: teacher, employer, coach, counselor, mentor, minister, other (this cannot be a family member) 
  • Complete an interview with Green Heart
  • Applicants who have completed an application and provided references by March 31st, 2022 will be interviewed and considered for the position
For More Information

You will work with a team of peers to maintain the Urban Farm at Enston Home as well as our other school garden sites around Charleston. Farm duties will include: growing, harvesting, and processing fruit and vegetable crops. Additionally, you will help run the onsite farm stand by pricing and selling Green Heart-grown produce. These opportunities allow interns to serve the Charleston community by engaging with their neighbors through the growing and selling of fresh, healthy, and affordable food. Furthermore, interns will engage in daily educational sessions, workshops and community site visits. Through this internship, you will develop career preparedness, healthy living, and citizenship skills. 

Check out our video from our first summer internship in 2020!

**The summer 2022 internship will reflect our latest COVID-19 safety protocols**

Reach out to with any additional questions!


AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate (10 week-long position)

Now accepting AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate applications, to fill our Crew Leader position for The Green Heart Project’s summer Youth Internship Program!

Crew Leaders must be able to build trust, foster engagement, and gain the respect of high school aged crew members. Crew Leaders oversee a team of teenage youth interns who maintain a half-acre urban farm in the center of downtown Charleston. Crew Leaders guide interns through their daily farm duties which include: growing, harvesting, and processing, and marketing fruit and vegetable crops. They lead youth interns through daily educational sessions, workshops and community site visits. Through this internship, Crew Leaders will develop and teach career preparedness, healthy living, and citizenship skills. Being a Crew Leader for The Green Heart Project Youth Internship Program is more than a job or an internship; it’s an opportunity to positively affect your local community and impact the life of a high school student. Crew Leader Job Description Summer 2022

APPLY HERE & read on for more details about the application process

  • Have completed high school, have your GED, or completed a similar program
  • Be able to work every day (M-F, 40 hrs/week) for the entire 10-week program June 6th – August 12th, 2022 (with July 4th off)
  • Submitted AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate application
For More Information

Application Deadline: Rolling, hiring decisions will be made by May 10. In order to apply fill out an application here, on the AmeriCorps website, and please select The Green Heart Project Summer Associate Program. IMPORTANT: Make sure you are completing an application for the VISTA Summer Associate program (vs. the year-round VISTA position), in order to be considered for the Crew Leader role. *Note: Interested applicants may also apply to the year-round VISTA program through the Charleston Area Collaborative, to begin after their summer position ends in August.  Just note that you are interested in working with The Green Heart Project in the general application! Read more about AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates here

If you have additional questions, please reach out to Kenai McFadden, Program Director at

The Green Heart Project believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to the success of our mission. We encourage applications from candidates of all races, religions, genders, ages, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds. 


AmeriCorps VISTA Member (year-long position)

Now accepting AmeriCorps VISTA Member  applications, to join our team for the ’22-’23 academic year!

The AmeriCorps VISTA position will focus on the expansion of our cornerstone youth development program at Green Heart: a youth internship program for our new Urban Farm at Enston Home. The youth internship program addresses a need for paid employment opportunities and for workforce training among youth in Charleston, while also teaching critical skills in career preparedness, healthy living and citizenship. By expanding and improving upon our pilot year programs, the VISTA member will help to lay the foundation for the success of the program for years to come. The VISTA member will 1) evaluate our youth development programs & building community support to inform future iterations, 2) pilot the Youth Apprenticeship Program with 1-2 high schoolers, and 3) develop a network of partners that provide employment opportunities and specialized job training programs for youth apprentices and experienced interns.

Read more about AmeriCorps VISTA  here

  • Proficient reading and writing skills
  • Proficient computer and administrative skills (e.g. Microsoft Office)
  • Proficient oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Submitted AmeriCorps VISTA application
  • College graduate, or similar education level preferred
For More Information

Application Deadline: Rolling, hiring decisions will be made by May 15. In order to apply fill out an application here. You will apply to the AmeriCorps VISTA – Charleston Area Collaborative; you are able to indicate in your written application if you are specifically interested in The Green Heart Project’s position. The AmeriCorps VISTA position is a one-year term of service, beginning in June 2022, and running through June 2023. We look forward to reading your application!

If you have additional questions, please reach out to Kenai McFadden, Program Director at

The Green Heart Project believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to the success of our mission. We encourage applications from candidates of all races, religions, genders, ages, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds. 


High Water Music Festival ’22

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Green Heart Project as a part of our involvement with the High Water Music Festival!

Earned Ticket Program: This program is now FULL.

Beverage Stations: Volunteer at the High Water Music Festival  at one of our beverage stations. Work one 4 hour shift serving beverages, in exchange for a same day ticket. Volunteers looking to attend the festival both days may sign up for a shift each day, if space allows. Note: You are required to complete a Learn2Serve training (cost: $7.50) prior to your volunteer shift. Email a copy of your training completion certificate to If you have been trained to serve alcohol in SC within the past three years and have documentation, this will suffice. The volunteer sign up for this opportunity is live!


Contact with questions.


Green Heart Buddy Volunteer

Green Heart Buddies play a key role in helping grow our gardens, our community, and our students through volunteering with one of our in-school and/or after-school programs. Being reliable, timely, patient and respectful is a must, as Buddies serve as role models for all of our students!

Green Heart Buddies commit to one of our school garden programs for a semester, volunteering once a week for 1+ hours. They are urban farmers, teachers and mentors, working alongside our students, connecting, encouraging and supporting.

Applications are now closed for spring 2022 programs.


Green Heart Buddies do not need any prior gardening or education experience, just a passion for the Green Heart Project’s mission, working with elementary-aged students, and an eagerness to give back to their community.


Urban Farm Field Trips

Interested in bringing a group of students to the Urban Farm at Enston Home? A Green Heart Urban Farm Field Trip will consist of a farm tour, hands on garden activity, a fresh picked taste-test, and a takeaway. Field trips can be designed to the meet the needs of your students and cover a wide range of topics. We practice respecting ourselves, buddies, and the earth by following strict COVID-19 guidelines. Please note there is a cost of $10/person for field trips – however, if this cost is prohibitive, we are happy to discuss payment with you further.

Fill out this inquiry form to get the process started and contact Emma at with any questions!



Garden Volunteer

We are always looking for qualified & passionate volunteers to support our school gardens and the Urban Farm at Enston Home! Garden Volunteers commit to garden work days or special projects throughout the semester.

With COVID-19, our fall work days will have a capped number of volunteer spaces and will follow safety protocols. Fall workday dates are posted on our Events Calendar, so take a look, sign up and we’ll see you out in the garden!



Corporate and Volunteer Opportunities

Serving as a group with The Green Heart Project is great for team-building, and building community while getting your hands dirty in the garden! As a group, you will receive a tour of the farm, learn more about the Project and why issues of sustainability and local foods are important to the Lowcountry community. After a productive session in the garden, we highly recommend nourishing yourselves with delicious, fresh food and drinks at Taco Boy, which is just up the road! If you have a corporate or community group who would like to volunteer together, The Green Heart Project can work with you to coordinate a day and time to come out to work in one of our gardens. Group sessions typically include general farm tasks: weeding, planting seeds, harvesting produce, digging, building, and watering. Occasionally, there are also opportunities to sponsor and work on larger projects that require volunteer groups in order to complete. For more information, please submit this form Volunteer Group – we would love to get you out in the garden!

Donate Your Time & Skillset

Would you like to get involved with our project in a way that is not listed? Are you a carpenter that wants to build a chicken coop? A writer that would love to blog for us about sustainable and local food? A social media guru that can enhance our marketing? Or do you have a farm truck full of horse manure that you want to bring by to fertilize our beds? We are always open to suggestions from our volunteers, and ideas to improve our gardens and our programs are always welcome! For more information, please contact us at – we would love to get you out in the garden!