Featuring a 60-acre naturalistic garden set among 1,000 acres of pristine meadows and woodlands, 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, the Winterthur Garden 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.
The Grounds Management Intern will learn proper grounds management techniques and gain hands-on experience with a variety of equipment and turf situations by working closely with Winterthur’s estate horticulturists.
Responsibilities: 1. Turf Maintenance: Work with turf throughout the estate, including performing all tasks necessary for good health and overall good appearance of the area (e.g., mowing, weedeating, and fertilizing). 2. Site Maintenance: Perform tasks required on paths, roads, structures, signs, walls, benches, irrigation lines, and vehicles. 3. Garden Maintenance: Assist as needed with the care of herbaceous and woody plants (e.g., planting, pruning, weeding, mulching, and fertilizing). 4. 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: March 4, 2019 – August 30, 2019.
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).
Accommodation: Free housing available on site.
Education: 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 horticulture or a related field, with at least one semester of study in turf management, preferred.
Experience: 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 the maintenance of turf and grounds, preferred.
To Apply: Please send a letter of interest, resume, most recent transcript, and two letters of recommendation to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference “Grounds Management Internship” in the subject line of your email. Deadline for applications: February 1, 2019. Search 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.