Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

March 31, 2015

Be a Garden Intern this Summer with Camp Korey!

Camp Korey is situated on the historic 818-acre organic Carnation Farm in the Snoqualmie Valley not far from Seattle. The 4.5 acre certified organic garden is operated by our Culinary Gardener with the help of many individual and corporate volunteers and local school groups. The garden produces a significant portion of the produce used in camper meal programs, for special events, farm dinners and meetings on site. Excess produce is sold locally, or donated to the local Foodbank. With over 100 varieties of heirloom vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and berries, the garden is also used as an educational resource for camper programming. The garden design and management demonstrates sustainable soil management and deficit water use, and supports beneficial insects and pollinators, local bird populations and wildlife habitat.

A variety of tasks in the garden include, and are not limited to; all aspects of certified organic crop production of vegetables, herbs and flowers, food system programming for our campers, giving tours for visitors and supervision of volunteers. In addition to helping with daily operations of the garden, this internship will expose students to the Camp Korey mission and the many aspects of its programs for children and families. This is a paid full-time seasonal position that will go from mid-June to early August. Room and board may be negotiated. Considered candidates need an interest in food, sustainability and agriculture.

Samples of Internship Activities:

  • Assist gardener with maintenance of crops; planting, transplanting, mulching, weeding, composting, soil management, crop rotation, tillage, seed-saving, pest and disease control, fertilizing, harvesting, irrigation, construction of trellising, cover cropping, high tunnel crop production •Aid in camper programming including leading activities in the garden and carrying out educational programming outside of the garden •Tend to raised beds and various container plantings used in programming •Oversee volunteer groups and Food-bank gleaners •Assist in set up, execution and tear down of events in garden, including farm-to-table dinners •Aid in record keeping to maintain compliance with organic certification •Operate agricultural equipment in the field

Time commitment: 3 months

Skill requirements:

  • Consistent attention to detail and positive attitude
  • Experience farming or gardening and/or a strong desire to learn
  • Experience working with children and youth
  • Ability to stay organized while juggling multiple projects simultaneously
  • Be able to take direction and ask for clarification if needed
  • Must adhere to safety protocols at all times
  • Ability to work hard; standing, sitting, bending over or kneeling: to lift, push and pull heavy objects, up to 50lbs: perform physical work such as digging or planting, sometimes in inclement weather
  • Good record keeping abilities
  • Able to pass a background check including driving record
  • Meet immunization policy requirements for work with medically compromised camper

Start date: Early June

End date: Mid August

Location: Camp Korey, Carnation, WA

How to apply: If interested, please send or email resume and cover letter to Rosy Smit, Culinary Gardener at

28901 NE Carnation Farm Road

Carnation, WA, 98014.

Supervisor contact info:

Rosy Smit