The Washington National Cathedral is located in the heart of the nation’s Capital on 57 acres of landscaped grounds that include St. Albans School, National Cathedral School, and Beauvoir Elementary School. This internship program provides instruction and hands-on gardening experience. Interns will work Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm. To enhance the educational experience, interns will visit public gardens in the surrounding Metro DC area.
Under the direction of the horticulture staff, interns will participate in the installation, maintenance, conservation, and preservation of the Bishop’s Garden and the Cathedral grounds. Areas of emphasis include ornamental herb garden, herbaceous perennial borders, a rose garden, a 5-acre native woodland, and a classroom vegetable garden. Proper horticulture techniques will be emphasized, including weeding, staking, pruning, watering, plant identification, and using IPM methods of insect and disease control.
Preference will be given to applicants who are pursuing a degree in horticulture, landscape maintenance, or a related field. Applicants must be able to work outside in inclement weather such as rain and extreme heat, must be able to perform physical work including bending, stooping, reaching, and standing for extended periods of time, must be able to lift, carry, and push at least 30 lbs., and must be a U.S. citizen. This position is not eligible for paid leave, or overtime. Housing is not provided and there is no housing allowance. Internship is 12 weeks, with flexible start and end dates. May through August preferred.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Sandra Flowers at email@example.com no later than April 3, 2020.
Earlier applications will receive an earlier decision.