Employment TypePaid Internship (Full-time)
Interns will spend the summer working in the gardens with the garden staff learning maintenance skills and gaining experience in public horticulture. Students will work outside performing a wide variety of maintenance tasks, such as mowing, weed control, pruning, planting, hardscape installation, etc. Additionally, they will develop specialized skills such as curatorial work, detailed pruning and propagation. Students will work individually and in groups to accomplish the goals set forth for the summer.
UD Botanic Gardens contributes to an understanding of the changing relationships between plants and people through education, extension, research, and community support.
Education is a critical part of the mission of UD Botanic Gardens. UD Botanic Gardens is a research center, a laboratory, and a classroom in which studies in plant biology, botany, plant pathology, landscape design, ornamental horticulture, and entomology are pursued through experiential learning. It also maintains a diverse and dynamic living plant collection that stimulates and engages, with more than 3,000 species and cultivars of perennials, shrubs, and trees. We work hard to promote an understanding and appreciation of plants in the landscape and natural environment.
Duties & Responsibilities
Throughout the work period, interns work closely with UDBG staff to develop and expand upon their existing horticultural skills. These skill areas include, but are not
● Plant identification
● Installing and transplanting plant material of different size and structure
● Plant propagation methods
● Weed identification, eradication, and control
● Nursery Production
● Use of powered equipment, tractor, and hand tools
● General landscape maintenance tasks including mulching, turf seeding.
Education and Experience
No Horticulture Experience necessary. Must be currently enrolled as a full-time student, and at least eighteen years of age, in a university/college or meeting the final credit requirements towards graduation at the time of application.
To apply, please submit: 1) letter of interest including career goals; 2) current resume; 3) three letters of reference; and 4) transcript(s) to Andrew Adams (Horticulture Manager, 152 Townsend Hall, University of Delaware, Newark DE 19716), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Application Deadline:
September 30, 2024