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Summer Internship Announcement
Category: Horticulture


Mt Cuba Center
Hockessin, DE

Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013

 

Summer Internship Announcement

Mt Cuba Center

3120 Barley Mill Rd

Hockessin, DE 19707

 

Mt. Cuba Center is a non-profit horticultural institution in northern Delaware located on nearly 600 acres. We’re dedicated to the study, conservation, and appreciation of plants native to the Appalachian Piedmont Region through garden display, education, and research. Our woodland wildflower gardens are recognized as the region’s finest.

Come study at Mt. Cuba Center, a premier naturalistic garden, where we embrace learning and celebrate native plants. Gain hands-on experience in specific internship areas. All students work one-on-one with a professional staff member. Interns also participate in group projects, educational programming, native plant identification classes and trips to other horticultural organizations. Each intern will also explore a special project topic. Mt. Cuba Center offers paid summer internships ($11 per hour) running 12 weeks from May to August. Interns work 40 hours each week and on-site housing is provided. Please note we are unable to accept foreign student applications at this time. For more information visit: www.mtcubacenter.org/education/internships

 

Choose from one of the following internships:  

 

Collections Management Intern

Gain valuable experience with BG-BASE™ and BG-MAP, the computerized plant record-keeping and mapping systems used at Mt. Cuba Center. Become proficient in botanical nomenclature verification which is a crucial skill set required by all professional gardens and arboreta. Learn accurate plant record keeping practices and curatorial techniques such as inventorying, labeling and mapping.

 

Formal Gardens and Entrance Landscape Intern

Experience two distinct perspectives of native plant gardening with an opportunity to study garden maintenance techniques using native plants in both naturalistic and formal designs.  The Entrance Landscape Garden is our guests’ first view of our gardens and features plant displays in large masses.  The Formal Gardens surround the Main House and showcase native plants in a traditional setting along with other historical non-native plantings.  Explore the use of horticulture to create a positive first impression and enhance the overall quality of the visitor’s experience.

 

Ponds and Dogwood Path Intern

Assist with management strategies used in mature naturalistic gardens. Gain knowledge of native plants and their cultural requirements including specific plants of the Sphagnum Bog, Trillium Garden, Moss Bank, Woodland and Pond Edge. Participate in the design and arrangement of naturalistic plantings and learn weed identification.

 

Woods Path and Rock Outcrop Intern

From shade to sun; gain experience in two gardens at extremes.  Receive training in the cultivation of native shade plantings, how to use them in woodland layering, and some principles and practices of Integrated Pest Management (IPM).  Broaden your knowledge and understanding of heat and drought tolerant native plants suited to the xeric landscape. 

 

Meadow Intern

Assist with the creation of sunny meadow and woodland edge garden displays. Receive training in the planting and maintenance of native meadow grasses and wildflowers.

 

Greenhouse/Research Intern

Gain proficiency in greenhouse production while becoming knowledgeable about our Plant Evaluation and Introductions Program. Staff will share propagation, maintenance and production techniques for woody and herbaceous plants collected from the Eastern United States. These plants are grown for use in our garden and research programs. The intern will also assist staff in the assessment of native plants for garden use and data collection in our trial garden.

 

Natural Lands Intern

Gain experience in natural land stewardship techniques, wildlife management practices, and invasive plant suppression principles while assisting with forest restoration and habitat preservation. Conduct vegetation and wildlife surveys of flora and fauna native to the Delaware Piedmont Region. Assist natural resources professionals and scientists with research conducted in our natural lands.

 

To Apply

In PDF format, please send a resume, contact information for three references and a cover letter outlining your internship choice, experience and career goals to: jobs@mtcubacenter.org  or mail to:

 

Mt Cuba Center

Human Resources, Attention: Internship Program

3120 Barley Mill Rd

Hockessin, DE 19707

 

For more information contact Carolyn Shampine, Education and Research Assistant, at 302-239-8803 or email internships@mtcubacenter.org.  Phone interviews will commence as early as February and will continue until positions are filled.

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