Featuring a 60-acre naturalistic garden set among 1,000 acres of pristine meadows and woodland, Winterthur represents the artistic vision and life’s work of Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969). As an example of the “wild garden” style first made popular in late 19th-century England, the Winterthur garden is notable among American public gardens for the sophistication of its aesthetic composition, its size and scale, and the age and rarity of its plant collections. In addition to its historic garden, Winterthur boasts one of the finest museums of American decorative art in this country, competitive graduate programs in art conservation and material culture studies, and a preeminent research library.
Since its inception in 1991, Winterthur’s horticulture internship program seeks to preserve and maintain this unique property while cultivating the next generation of horticulturists and environmental stewards. Internships are full-time, paid positions and include free housing on the property. During the summer months, interns participate in special trainings, take plant identification classes, and visit some of the region’s major horticultural and environmental destinations.
JOB DESCRIPTION: The Arboriculture Intern will learn and apply fundamental arboricultural concepts and skills through active participation with Winterthur’s arborists in various aspects of tree care throughout the Winterthur property, including pruning, climbing, and proper equipment usage.
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Tree Maintenance: Work with trees to ensure their health, safety, and overall appearance within the Winterthur Estate (e.g., tree inspection, evaluation, tree pruning, storm cleanup, and ground support for climbers). Use appropriate equipment and methods to perform work on trees. 2. Equipment Operation and Maintenance: Learn proper operation, maintenance, and storage of job-related equipment (e.g., chainsaws, chipper, and climbing and rigging gear). 3. Tree Evaluation/Inventory: Research and document tree problems or concerns. Maintain information on treatments performed on trees or relevant information in a computerized database (e.g., tree hazard assessments and tree condition information). 4. Land Stewardship: Develop an awareness of the principles of conservation, environmental management, and land stewardship and how they shape Winterthur’s philosophy towards arboricultural practices. 5. Continuing Education: Participate in a variety of trainings, plant identification classes, and field trips in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the wider field of public horticulture.
Dates of Employment: May 1, 2020 – August 30, 2020. Type of Position: Temporary, full-time, non-exempt, non-benefits eligible. Working Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 2:30 pm (35 hours/week plus optional 5 extra hours). Pay: $10.00/hour. Accommodation: Free housing available on site.
Experience Requirements: Minimum of three months of practical, hands-on experience in horticulture or a related field. One year of practical, hands-on experience in horticulture, with some time devoted to tree care, preferred.
Education Requirements: At minimum, an enrolled student or recent graduate of an accredited college or university with one semester of completed coursework in horticulture or a related field.
Two years of completed coursework in arboriculture or a related field preferred.
Education & Experience
TO APPLY: Please send a letter of interest, resume, most recent transcript, and two letters of recommendation to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference “Arboriculture Internship” in the subject line of your email. Deadline for applications: April 1, 2020. Interviews and hiring will begin as soon as qualified applications are received and will continue beyond deadline if a suitable candidate has not been identified. Please note: Winterthur is currently unable to consider applicants from countries outside the United States.