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Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens-Hamilton Educational Fellow-Mon, 01/04/2021 - 12:20pm

Hamilton Educational Fellow


Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens
631 Berwyn Baptist Road
Devon , PA 19333
United States
Pennsylvania US

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Job Description 

The Hamilton Educational Fellowship provides an immersive educational experience in the unparalleled setting of Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens. Fellows will acquire specialized skills and practical knowledge that will benefit them in pursuit of a career in the fields of horticulture, botany, biology, or environmental resource management.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work closely with both horticulture and administrative staff in diverse aspects of public garden management. In addition to practical horticultural experience, Fellows have the opportunity to learn volunteer management, plant propagation, greenhouse management, plant collections curation, and many facets of real estate maintenance. The Arboretum hosts numerous public programs throughout the year and Fellows are encouraged to participate by giving presentations, as well as leading garden tours and workshops.

The term of the Fellowship will be for either one or two years. After the first year, there will be an annual review and self-evaluation at which time a second year of the Fellowship may be granted. Completing two gardening seasons will help reinforce the educational experience. Fellows will have the opportunity to experience the full range of activities involved in maintaining a public garden through all four seasons.

Residency at the Arboretum is a requirement of the Fellowship and duties will be full-time. Housing will be provided at no cost and will not be shared with other staff members. Fellows will receive a competitive salary and an additional stipend to participate in professional development opportunities. There is the option to participate in Jenkins medical insurance and retirement program.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Working closely with the Head Horticulturist and other horticulture staff, Fellows assist in the numerous activities required to maintain the Arboretum & Gardens on a year-round basis. Routine grounds-keeping and horticultural duties include planting, pruning, weeding, and mowing as well as assisting with non-routine duties such as snow removal and basic real estate maintenance. Additionally, Fellows must have the ability to learn and responsibly operate small power equipment such as backpack blowers and golf carts. Ability to perform physical duties in all weather conditions and lift 50 pounds or more is required.

Fellows will work with the Director of Horticulture to design, initiate, and implement a special project in furtherance of the Arboretum’s mission. In addition, Fellows gain experience in developing and delivering educational presentations to the Arboretum’s volunteer group. Opportunities are available to lead plant tours, teach classes, and write articles. Finally, Fellows will have an opportunity to develop leadership skills by assisting in the supervision of volunteers.

Education and Experience 

Fellow candidates may be diverse in their educational backgrounds and future career goals and will be considered regardless of race, gender, or educational background. Candidates may apply if their career goals are in the fields of horticulture, botany, biology, or environmental resource management. Previous education or practical experience in horticulture is desirable but not required.

Application Instructions 

Submit complete Fellowship applications to Deadline for application is March 14, 2021, or until position is filled. Visit our website for full details and to download an application:

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Stephanie Kuniholm