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Berkshire Botanical Garden-Summer Horticultural Internship-Mon, 12/21/2020 - 4:44pm

Summer Horticultural Internship


Berkshire Botanical Garden
5 West Stockbridge Road PO Box 826
Stockbridge , MA 01262
United States
Massachusetts US

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Job Description 

This unique summer internship program offers the opportunity to work with and learn from two public gardens. Berkshire Botanical Garden is a not-for-profit public garden established in 1934. Located on 24 rural acres, the Garden consists of 26 display gardens and specialty collections, and three greenhouses. Naumkeag, a gilded-age style estate with restored gardens designed by landscape architect Fletcher Steele, is a National Historic Landmark preserved by The Trustees of Reservations. The Trustees is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. Both gardens are situated in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, a few minutes from the center of the historic village of Stockbridge. The area is home to many cultural institutions and numerous natural sites.

Summer internships are for 12 weeks, 40 hours per week and generally start mid-May. The program includes shared intern housing at the Naumkeag estate and a stipend of $10.00/hr.
The deadline for applying is March 1, 2021. Earlier applications will receive earlier decision.

Duties & Responsibilities 

This horticultural internship program is designed to offer hands-on experience at Naumkeag and Berkshire Botanical Garden for those with a passion for and interest in horticulture and public gardens. Interns will work with horticulture staff and volunteers in all phases of public garden maintenance and development. This includes planting, weeding, watering, mulching, pruning, propagation, IPM, plant identification and interacting with visitors. An ongoing program of intern training sessions, public education programs, and staff field trips are offered to help broaden the students’ horticultural horizon.

Education and Experience 

Previous gardening experience and/or course work in horticulture, public gardening, or landscape design is preferred. Applicants must be responsible, self-motivated, and capable of the sometimes strenuous nature of gardening.

Application Instructions 

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and an application which can be downloaded from

Email all documents to Matthew Turnbull, Director of Horticulture at

Questions? 413-298-3926 Ext. 20

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Matthew Turnbull