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Natural Landscape Crew Intern
Category: Horticulture

The North Carolina Arboretum
Asheville, North Carolina

Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013


Olmsted Fellow Internship

Position Announcement: Natural Landscape Crew Intern


Olmsted Fellow Internship Program

The Olmsted Fellow Internship Program is a prestigious opportunity for selected undergraduate and graduate students in a wide variety of academic fields to gain valuable, on-site experience at one of America's leading public gardens. The experiences may entail responsibilities in research, economic development, design, horticulture, conservation, public relations, marketing, environmental stewardship and sustainability, and other facets of the Arboretum's mission areas. Selected through a review process that incorporates such criteria as academic performance, demonstrated ability to achieve goals, leadership potential, and sound character, Olmsted Fellows are capable of developing and utilizing advanced skill sets that result in personal and professional growth potential, as well as contribute value to Arboretum priorities and service.


Position Description: Natural Landscape Crew Intern

This position reports directly to the Natural Landscape Crew Leader.


Responsibilities include:

Natural Resource Management

Trails Maintenance

Plant Health Care

Vegetation Management

Daily interface with volunteers

Daily interface with guests


Learning Outcomes:

The intern will become familiar with concepts of Natural Resource and Landscape exhibit management and how to apply the concepts in day-to-day operations.

The intern will learn proper trail maintenance techniques and the reasoning behind those techniques.

The intern will learn how to diagnose potential plant health issues and how to respond accordingly.

The intern will learn and practice basic Arboriculture skills.


Independent Project:

Project must be currently relevant and meet an Arboretum need. Intern will work with the Natural Landscape Crew Leader and Landscape Supervisor to identify and select project. Intern will be allowed 3 hours a week to work on assigned project at the discretion of the Crew Leader; additional project time will be completed independently. Staff will be available to provide support, but interns will have the primary responsibilities for completing their project on time.


Completion of one or more years of education in natural resource management, horticulture, botany or other related field at a college, university, or community college.

Must be currently enrolled or a recent graduate (graduating less than 12 months before the position term start date).

Work experience in landscaping, public gardens, natural resource management or other related field.

Career aspirations in a plant related field.

Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Valid driver’s license.

Ability to work with a diverse group and to politely engage with Arboretum guests.


Physical Requirements:

Excellent physical health and stamina.

Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs occasionally, up to 30 lbs frequently, and up to 10 lbs constantly. Ability to stand for long periods of time.

Visual acuity sufficient to operate machines and motor vehicles and to determine the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of the work assigned.

Ability to work in all types of weather conditions, including heat, humidity and rain.


A competitive process will be applied to intern selection through submitted application and interview.


Hours: 40 hrs per week, Mon. – Fri. 7:00am – 3:30pm with some weekend hours as needed.


Pay: $9.00 per hour with the potential of earning 3 credit hours or equivalent based on University policy. Internship credit is available subject to approval by your educational institution.


Duration of Assignment: 12 weeks, May to August. Attendance mandatory.


Requirement: A Background check will be required for the prevailing candidate


Location: The work site is located at The North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, NC. Intern must provide own housing and transportation.


To Apply: The application package will consist of a NC State application (available at, cover letter, resume, official transcript, and two letters of recommendation. All application materials and reference letters should be mailed or delivered to:

Olmsted Fellow Internship Coordinator

The North Carolina Arboretum

100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way

Asheville, North Carolina 28806-9315

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