Apply for an opportunity to work at Urban Roots

Are you 14-18 and looking for a fun and engaging job experience working outside and in your community! Apply to work at Urban Roots for a chance to work in our urban gardens, kitchens, and local parks while building 21st century job skills, learning more about environmental issues and creating a positive impact on your community!

  • Work 9 weeks beginning the week of June 18th
  • Opportunities to continue working in the school year
  • Earn $9.65/hour
  • Work in 1 of 3 programs, Market Garden, Cook Fresh and Conservation
  • There are opportunities for advancement each year you participate
      First Year Position
      Work 8-10 hours a week learning job skills and knowledge in one of three programs
      Entry job skills training in resume writing, financial literacy, searching for jobs
      Second year position
      Work 16 hours a week
      Apply skills to program specific activities and serve in mentoring role to seed crew youth
      Eligible to participate in our youth council
      Third year position
      Work up to 20 hours a week
      Take on an increased leadership role in your crew
      Participate in off-site career connections
      Fourth year position
      Work 22-24 hours a week
      Serve as a leader of your crew
      Take on special program responsibilities and projects
  • Students ages 14-18 (as of June 18th, 2018)
  • Students who live or go to school on the East Side of Saint Paul (East of 35-E, North of the Mississippi River)
  • Students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch
  • Students who are NOT enrolled in summer school are given first preference
  • Students who are excited to learn and are looking forward to working hard outdoors

February 1st-28th Apply to Right Track AND fill out Urban Roots Application
Apply to Right Track
New Intern Urban Roots Application
Returning Intern Urban Roots Application
Work Readiness Resources
Check back in March for updates
Email or call 651-228-7073 if you have questions or difficulties with the application process


1. Market Garden

  • Operate an urban-farm business though planting, harvesting and marketing vegetable crops
  • Learn how to prep and market produce for sale
  • Harvest and pack a weekly CSA share
  • Sell and promote seasonal vegetables to restaurants and grocers
  • Grow and eat delicious, healthy produce

2. Cook Fresh

  • Learn basic cooking skills for healthy meal making
  • Work one shift in the gardens for a true farm-to table experience
  • Develop and practice recipes utilizing farm fresh produce
  • Prepare a weekly summer lunch for all 60 interns

3. Conservation

  • Participate in the restoration of local parks by removing invasive species and planting native plants.
  • Engage in citizen science by helping conduct bee surveys and monitor water quality
  • Use Urban Roots bikes to get to work sites
  • Develop and lead tours of parks to community members