Student Worker Opportunities

The Holistic Garden offers several paid opportunities for currently enrolled Rice undergraduate and graduate students to work in the Garden. See below for more details.

Student Garden Worker Program

Student Garden Workers are the primary stewards of the Garden and oversee the majority of the care and maintenance of the Holistic Garden. Tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Planting and crop production
  • Harvesting produce
  • Selling produce to Dining Services
  • Weeding and maintaining the Garden’s appearance
  • Pest management
  • Composting
  • Tending to our chickens
  • Assisting with plant sales, workshops, and special events

Garden Workers also have the opportunity to lead special projects and have a voice in shaping the development of the Garden's public-facing programs.

Garden Workers determine their own schedules and have a good deal of flexibility. The average weekly commitment is 4-6 hours per week. The minimum weekly commitment is one 2-hour shift per week.

Please email to learn about opportunities and availability.

Summer Internship in Sociohorticulture

The Rice Holistic Garden is pleased to announce the start of our Summer Internship program. This program provides selected Rice students an opportunity to conduct hands-on research through a 10-week internship in sociohorticulture, a concept that refers to the social, environmental, and health benefits of gardening. Interns work 15-20 hours/week and can earn up to $2000 over the 10-week period. In addition to learning basic gardening and sustainable agriculture techniques, interns will visit local farms and community gardens; meet with community leaders and professionals working in food, renewable energy, and related industries; and propose and execute an independent research project. Open to graduates and undergraduates. We are especially seeking students with interests in ecology, environmental studies, nutrition and public health, urban planning, cooking and food education, science education, food policy and economics, food writing or photography, food business and entrepreneurship, or food and environmental justice.

Please check back for more information about the Summer 2024 internship.