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Demonstrating the viability of sustainable concepts and practices in urban environments through research, education, and hands-on projects.

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Urban Habitat Chicago, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, aims to promote and demonstrate the viability of sustainable concepts and practices in urban environments through urban agriculture, collaborative design, and education.

We donate fresh produce to the needy and teach others to create their own sustainable agriculture projects or instruct youth. Recent activities include organic agriculture, stormwater management, implementing restorative landscape technologies, vertical gardens and food producing roofs with schools, community groups and at stand alone projects.

UHC is a deeply rooted and experienced team of designers, activists, fundraisers, marketers, communication specialists, and community members, AND we need help to grow stronger so we can better educate, design, and build. We need you!

Contact Information:

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the volunteer form here and send resume and cover letters referencing the position you are interested in to volunteer@urbanhabitatchicago.org. Please note most volunteer positions are a minimum of 3 month commitments.

To learn about occasional or shorter-term volunteer opportunities, fill out the form here and like our facebook group. We share information about our volunteer days with our facebook group members.

If you are a group and want to volunteer, please contact us at volunteer@urbanhabitatchicago.org with “Volunteer Group” as the subject line.


Are you a self-starter? UHC needs independent volunteers with a passion for our work and the skills and experience to work independently. All new volunteers must be interested in contributing both in the field and in the (virtual) office - both helping with farming or landscaping as well as contributing to our administrative or communication work.

Core leadership and Management Volunteers and Board Members*

(posted 12-07-2012)

Our greatest current need is for committed long-term volunteers who can help the organization grow, by being involved in administrative work, planning, decision making, leading others as well as special events and initiatives. We are especially interested in those with professional experience and who can lead initiatives and others. These are positions for volunteers who can devote a few hours a week and are interested in an ongoing relationship with our organization. Please submit form and email resume and a description of past work experience, relative skills and your personal interest and availability to volunteer@urbanhabitatchicago.org

Northside Farming Work Days* (ongoing)

(posted 12-07-12)

When: Saturdays, 12-4pm
Where: Northside College Prep High School (5501 N. Kedzie, Chicago, IL)

UHC is looking for Chicagoans who are able to make a 2-month+ commitment to this one-of-a-kind volunteer opportunity. Learn everything from how to start all types of seedlings and building plant beds to ways to enrich soil health and organic pest management. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact volunteer@urbanhabitatchicago.org.

Green LUNGS Program*

(posted 12-07-12)

When: Monday, Tuesday, Thursdays
Where: Marshall High School (3250 W. Adams, Chicago, IL)

Work with teens at our 5th Avenue site, developing a food garden that will be used to provide food to the Garfield Park community as part of a mobile food market. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact volunteer@urbanhabitatchicago.org.


When: Flexible
Where: Contact us to see which of our sites might be a good fit for you.

We’re looking for interns who aren’t afraid of a little dirt and can also handle business when administrative duties call. If this sounds like something that piques your interest, contact volunteer@urbanhabitatchicago.org

UHCi Internships*

Urban Habitat Chicago Institue (UHCi) is a coherent education program geared to provide more hands-on training to a broad public, with a strong focus on urban agriculture. As a part of the program, we offer internships at multiple sustainable urban agriculture sites as well as other environmental educational initiatives for youth and adults in Chicago. We also provide “from-home” and meeting based non-profit administration internships in our (virtual) office.

We hold 3 month or longer internships in Spring, Summer and Fall as well as a reduced schedule in Winter.

For more information about UHC’s Institute and internships go here

Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Landscaping Internships

(posted 03-16-12)

Interns work in the development and maintenance of a large-food producing farm and gardens, learn restorative landscape techniques specific to agriculture in an urban environment and gain experience leading high school students.

Our primary site at Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago, IL is an award-winning sustainable landscape and farming redesign of a brownfield site, including innovative, ecologically-focused approaches such as pervious pavements, building material reuse, and stormwater management techniques. Heavy and repetitive manual labor should be expected. (Farming)

Sessions: Spring, Summer, Fall
Hours: 12-16 per week in (3 half-days, including Saturdays)

Applicant Requirements: Urban Ag Field interns should have at least some
environmental outdoor experience and be highly committed, hard-working,
self-motivated and independent.

To apply, please submit form and send an email explaining your interest in the internship, available hours and schedule, and relevant experience or studies, if any, and any school requirements to contact@urbanhabitatchicago.org.

Pro-bono Accountant
(posted 12-07-12)

UHC is seeking an experienced accountant for pro-bono services! If you’re interested, please contact Lee Bouchard for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: It is our intent to review each application as it arrives and respond as quickly as possible. Your diligence in staying in contact is appreciated! - Anna Glenn (acting Board President) and Breena Ferguson

*UHC is an all-volunteer organization and although the benefits of working with us are many, all positions and openings are unpaid.

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