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The Cooperative Conservation & Horticulture Internship Program
Category: Horticulture

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Coral Gables, Florida

Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Cooperative Conservation & Horticulture Internship Program 

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

General Info
The Cooperative Conservation & Horticulture Internship Program of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is rooted in our mission statement: to save tropical plant diversity by exploring, explaining, and conserving the world of tropical plants.  By working closely with our colleagues at a private botanic garden in Palm Beach County, we have developed a unique program that exposes interns to two very different professional arenas in the botanic world.  Interns will gain exposure to conservation and horticultural methods with a focus on native, Caribbean and tropical plants.  
This program is a year-long paid internship, with housing provided, in South Florida.  The internship will begin in August 2014.  The deadline for application is April 4, 2014.
The prospective candidate should have or be pursuing a degree in Horticulture, Biology, Botany, Environmental Studies/Sciences or related fields at the undergraduate or graduate level, or have strong demonstrated interest and ability relating to plant conservation or tropical horticulture.  Applicants should have career aspirations in public horticulture, botany or other plant-related fields.  
Prospective candidates should be highly motivated and well organized with a strong work ethic, in addition to being willing and able to work full days outdoors in hot and humid environments.  The successful candidate will be required to undergo a thorough background check prior to beginning the internship.
Horticulture Track
This internship emphasizes developing horticultural knowledge and skills through working hands-on with native, Caribbean and tropical species.  This is a rotational program where the intern will have the opportunity to work directly with various horticultural staff and assist with all aspects of horticultural activities including, but not limited to: general care and maintenance, pruning, plant propagation and display.
Research & Records Track
This internship focuses upon developing the practical skills necessary to effectively support conservation research and collections management activities, with a focus on native, Caribbean and tropical species.  This program emphasizes research, data entry, record keeping and mapping. 
How to Apply
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