The U.S. National Arboretum ‘Grass Roots’
exhibit focuses on the environmental, aesthetic, recreational,
and economic benefits of turfgrass. This position will assist
the exhibit coordinator with the maintenance and operation of the
1.3 acre ‘Grass Roots’ outdoor turfgrass exhibit and interactive
turfgrass displays which encompass golf course features,
sports fields, and home lawn features. The internship is 3-6 months
long and will begin in April or May 2019.
The internship position is paid an hourly wage.
The turfgrass management intern will assist the exhibit coordinator with general turfgrass maintenance to include mowing, fertilizing, aerating, watering, and pest management. Intern will assist the exhibit coordinator in the development of turf care product application schedules for a variety of turf species in various settings (golf, sports field, home lawn) and apply fertilizer and other products as needed under supervision of the exhibit coordinator. This position will assist in maintenance of turf equipment, automated irrigation systems, and exhibit signage and hardscape features. This position will encompass interaction with the general public, industry professionals, Arboretum staff, and turfgrass scientists. The intern will assist with public workshops and events held in conjunction with the exhibit and possibly assist with renovations of various turfgrass renovations on the Arboretum grounds.
Applicants need to have either completed course work or have acquired practical experience in turf management, horticulture or a related field. Basic gardening, interest in plants, and the ability to work independently are very important.
The internship will involve heavy lifting and exposure to extreme heat and humidity. Experience operating turfgrass maintenance equipment is strongly preferred. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with the public are necessary for this position. Ability to work occasionally on weekends is required.