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Garden Crew Intern
Category: Horticulture

The North Carolina Arboretum
Asheville, North Carolina

Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013


Olmsted Fellow Internship

Position Announcement: Garden 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: Garden Crew Intern

This internship is available to students in Horticulture or a related field who are interested in pursuing a career in Public Garden Horticulture. Students will have the opportunity to work alongside garden staff applying classroom knowledge and gaining practical work experience. Interns will be expected to fully participate in all crew activities and are encouraged to share their experience and knowledge. This is a hands-on position requiring a high level of physical effort. In addition to work duties, interns will be assigned an independent project based on their interests and the needs of the institution. This position will directly report to the Garden Crew Leader.


Duties include:

● Garden maintenance: planting, cultivation, and care of annuals, perennials, bulbs, shrubs and trees including soil preparation, planting, watering, fertilizing, weeding, deadheading, mulching and pruning.

● Identification and treatment of pest and disease problems.

● Use of small engine equipment, other farm equipment and garden tools.

● Interaction with guests of the Arboretum.

● Other job related assignments as requested by supervisor.


Independent Project:

Project must be currently relevant and meet an Arboretum need. Intern will work with Crew Leader and Landscape Supervisor to identify and select project. The 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.

Learning Outcomes:

The intern will learn proper garden planting, cultivation and maintenance techniques and the reasoning behind those techniques.

The intern will learn how to diagnose pest and disease problems and to respond accordingly in a public garden setting.

The intern will learn how to use small engines and garden tools.

The intern will gain exposure to a broad plant palette and plant nomenclature.

The intern will gain experience in how to work carefully and safely in a public garden setting.

The intern will learn about plant watering and irrigation systems.



● Completion of one or more years of education in horticulture, botany, landscape design or 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).

● Preferred Work experience in landscaping, public gardens or other related field.

● Career aspirations in plant related field.

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

● Valid driver’s license.


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.

● 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, Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 3:00pm with some weekend hours as needed.

Pay: $9.00 per hour. Internship credit is available subject to approval by your educational institution.

Duration of Assignment: Mid-May through Mid-August (12 weeks total). 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, resume, cover letter, official transcript, and two letters of recommendation. All application materials and reference letters should be mailed or delivered to:

Olmsted Fellow Intern Coordinator

The North Carolina Arboretum

100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way

Asheville, North Carolina 28806-9315

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