Summer Horticulture Internships at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens provide a unique educational experience in the field of horticulture. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work closely with horticulture staff in diverse aspects of public garden maintenance. In addition to practical garden maintenance experience, Interns may have the opportunity to participate in plant propagation, greenhouse management, and plant collections curation.
The term of the Summer Horticulture Internship will be for the summer season, generally 8 to 10 weeks. Start dates are flexible, but Internships generally begin in May and run through August. Interns are paid $12/hour and are welcome to take unpaid vacation time off occasionally during the summer, with approval from the Director of Horticulture. Additionally, Interns will be invited to join horticulture staff on occasional field trips to other gardens and/or natural areas throughout the summer.
Working closely with the Head Horticulturist and other horticulture staff, Interns assist in the numerous activities required to maintain the Arboretum & Gardens during the growing season including planting, pruning, mulching, and weeding. Additionally, Interns 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 25 to 50 pounds is required.
Candidates with diverse educational/career goals in the fields of horticulture, botany, biology, or environmental resource management are encouraged to apply. Interns will have the opportunity to expand their professional work experience by working with plants in a natural landscape setting. Intern candidates will be considered based on a combination of interest in the field, previous work experiences, educational background, and future career goals. Previous education or practical experience in horticulture is desirable, but not required.