Public Garden Career Center - View Internship
Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013
Winterthur’s Internship Program provides a diverse and exciting experience for students in the fields of arboriculture, garden and estate maintenance and natural lands management. All interns participate in classes on plant identification, irrigation, turf management, and plant records; attend lectures and field trips. Housing is available on Winterthur site.
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library is the home of the former H.F. DuPont with 1000 acres of naturalistic gardens set amid the rolling hills of Delaware’s Brandywine Valley area. Appealing to a wide audience of tourists, culture seekers, and avid horticulturists, the Winterthur Garden is a historic and rare example of a “wild garden.”
Garden/Estate Interns – April-August 1 position
The Garden/Estate interns work alongside Winterthur’s horticulture staff in different areas of the garden and estate during three-week rotations. Interns learn and practice sound horticultural techniques such as fertilizing, planting, pruning, mowing, mulching, and trimming. Interns also learn about the design principles used in the creation and maintenance of Winterthur’s naturalistic garden.
Groundskeeping – March-August - 1 position
The Groundskeeping Intern will learn proper turfgrass management techniques through hands-on experience in the day to day management of the turf within the Winterthur Garden and Estate. They will gain experience in handling a range of mowers and turf situations. They will also assist with the maintenance of the historic naturalistic design of the garden by learning and practicing good safety and excellent horticultural techniques, e.g., fertilizing, planting, pruning, snow removal, leaf removal, mowing, spraying pesticides, mulching, weedeating and learn the cultural requirements and botanical nomenclature of the plants along with the design principles used in the Winterthur Garden.
Six months educational and/or field experience in the study of horticulture or a related field; ability to express ideas clearly, orally and in writing; ability to execute oral and written instructions; ability to lift 50 pounds; ability to safely operate horticultural hand tools and power equipment; sufficient hearing and sight to be aware of nearby guests and staff when using or close to equipment such as mowers, weed-eaters, blowers, and sprayers; basic knowledge of gardening techniques and terminology. Must have a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record! Salary $9.50 per hour.
Please e-mail your resume and a letter of introduction to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE 19735.
Application Deadline: February 7, 2014