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Summer 2013 Internships
Category: Horticulture

Pottstown, PA

Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Welkinweir Summer 2013 Internships

Welkinweir, the 197-acre home of Green Valleys Watershed Association, a nonprofit environmental education and watershed protection organization, is offering2 to 3 month summer intern positions to provide individuals interested in the field of horticulture, forestry, or related field with a firsthand experience working at a nonprofit public garden and nature preserve.

Located in northern Chester County, Welkinweir features a 55-acre arboretum surrounding a historic estate house, ecologically diverse forest, meadow, and riparian habitats. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound, including hiking, birding, and water activities.

Horticultural Internship

Intern is responsible for the day to day activities required to maintain the formal gardens & arboretum. Activities include watering, pruning, turf maintenance, weeding (includes invasive removal around house), planting and mulching. Other responsibilities may include: preparing for and working with arboretum volunteers; leading garden and house tours to visiting groups; assisting with plant labeling and accessioning as time permits.

Natural Lands Internship

Intern is responsible for implementing, in an ecologically sound manner, our Forest Stewardship Plan within the woods, meadows and riparian areas at Welkinweir and offsite at various projects the organization is overseeing. Activities may include invasive plant removal, maintaining trails in the woods and meadows, bird box monitoring, deer exclosure maintenance, and new plant establishment and protection.

Minimum Requirements

Six months educational and/or field experience in the study of horticulture, forestry, or a related field; demonstrated knowledge of plant identification and maintenance techniques; ability to follow verbal and written instructions; ability to lift 50 pounds; knowledge of and ability to safely operate hand tools and power equipment; must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. Application deadline is April 15, 2013. Please send resume, brief cover letter expressing why you are interested in the internship, and three references to:


Summer Nature Day Camp Outdoor Education Counselor for 6th and 7th grades

A 6-week position for an energetic and self-motivated college student or graduate , majoring in environmental or outdoor education or recreation, environmental science, biology, forestry, or elementary education fields to lead and teach 6th and 7th grade children participating in week-long, outdoor skills and adventure day camps. The Outdoor Education Camp Counselor will develop, prepare, and direct age-appropriate, environmental education activities for on-site and field trip sites based on the curriculum and resources provided.  The Counselor will teach and manage up to 15 children each week with assistance from other Counselors assigned to his/her groups; and will communicate with parents, ensuring they are informed of their children’s experiences at camp.  The Counselor will also supervise one to two weeks of the After Care program following regular camp activities.  Additional, experiential learning opportunities may include written and oral presentations, assessing, improving and expanding the selection of programs for children and their families. Desirableexperience in the following areas a plus: directing older children in a summer camp setting,  leading outdoor activities such as kayaking, canoeing, hiking, bird-watching, map-reading, aptitude for learning basic natural history/ecology concepts, capabilities in planning and organizing, ability to be a creative and flexible team player, and good written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.  Must pass background checks, and have current First Aid and CPR certifications. Application deadline is May 4, 2013. Please send resume, brief cover letter expressing why you are interested in the internship, and three references to:


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