Public Horticulture Interns
Employment TypePaid Internship (Full-time)
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is hiring!
Are you a student who is passionate about plants and our environment, loves being active outdoors, and committed to supporting the Gardens’ IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) goals? We’re looking for a Public Horticulture Intern excited about inspiring meaningful connections among people, plants, and nature in one of the most beautiful settings in Maine. See the full listing on our website: https://www.mainegardens.org/employment/
The Public Horticulture internship immerses students into the world of public garden horticulture. Not only will students experience all aspects of horticulture (e.g., planting, maintenance, etc.), but they will also better appreciate their role in fostering an exceptional guest experience and becoming better stewards of the environment.
In addition to joining our Horticulture team and partaking in regular gardening duties, we have built robust educational programing into our internship. You will delve into all day immersion and job shadow sessions that help connect the many elements that comprise a botanical garden. In this capacity you will learn what curation is, the importance of an herbarium, spend a day with our Entomologist, and share the wonderment of our native butterfly and moth house with visitors, to name just a few of the many opportunities. We offer many social and networking opportunities within Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and the broader community.
Full-time, hourly, $15.75 per hour
Housing options available upon request. Rent will be deducted from the bi-weekly payroll.
Late May through Mid-August 2024
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is committed to creating an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible (IDEA) environment where every member of our community is valued, respected, and appreciated. Just as our landscapes and gardens are more resilient and beautiful through their diversity, we strive to promote IDEA principles on our team by embracing cultural and individual differences. We invite applications from candidates who will help us achieve this goal
Duties & Responsibilities
Assist with ornamental gardening, including planting, mulching, weeding, staking, dead-heading, pruning, watering, pest identification and integrated pest management, plant identification, and developing knowledge of plant, design, and material needs.
Assist with general maintenance of horticulture buildings and equipment, including raking, sweeping, cleaning, sharpening, and repairs as needed.
Assist with propagation/production, including collection, storage, and sowing of seed; cuttings; transplanting; watering; and additional plant care as needed.
Assist in the Native Butterfly House, including rearing of specimens and interacting with visitors.
Participate in cross-departmental educational opportunities with the Plant Science and Collections and Education Departments (e.g., record keeping, mapping, herbarium techniques, horticultural therapy, and children’s programs).
Participate in Gardens-wide initiatives as needed (e.g., special events, etc.).
Education and Experience
Educational and/or practical experience in horticulture, botany, and/or landscape design/maintenance.
Enthusiasm about plants, conscientious of the environment, adhere to sustainable gardening practices, and be willing to participate in horticultural best management practices.
The successful candidate must be comfortable interacting with guests, staff, and board members.
Commitment to working across the organization to support the integration of IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) principles into CMBG’s internal operations and its relationships with visitors and guests.