Esteemed as the Green Heart of Pittsburgh and one of the world’s greenest public gardens, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is empowered by its mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse.
Phipps is offering summer Horticulture internships to students interested in gaining practical, hands-on experience in horticulture. Interns will work with Horticulture staff and volunteers in an interactive environment to provide daily maintenance of the outdoor gardens at the Conservatory and Phipps Garden Center. Training will be provided in such skills as watering, planting, weeding, pruning, deadheading, mulching, propagation, IPM and plant identification, as well as other aspects of maintaining the gardens in exceptional condition. Work in the indoor gardens and edible garden may also be included.
This 16-week paid internship takes place May through August 2013 and is flexible based on the intern’s academic schedule. Some weekend work will be required. Interns may participate in many of Phipps’ classes at no cost (except applicable material fees).
The student should be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at least halfway through the course of study, or one year post-graduate from undergraduate program, or currently enrolled as a graduate student, majoring in horticulture, landscape architecture, environmental science, botany or a related field. Previous experience with gardening and landscaping work is preferred, and the student should enjoy physical, outdoor work in the Pittsburgh climate.
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Linda Holsing, Human Resources Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference “Horticulture Internship” in the subject line. The application deadline is January 31, 2013. Phipps is an equal opportunity employer.
Learn more about Phipps at http://www.phipps.