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.
The Horticulture Intern will learn and apply excellent horticultural techniques while working one-on-one with horticulture staff in order to preserve and maintain the historic design intent of the Winterthur Garden and Estate.
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Garden & Estate Maintenance: Assist with all tasks necessary for overall good appearance of an outdoor area and the good health of woody and herbaceous plants therein, including activities such as planting, pruning, watering, mulching, weeding, raking and mowing. 2. Site Maintenance: Aid in performing work required on paths, structures, signs, walls, benches, and vehicles, safely utilizing established procedures. 3. Aesthetic & Environmental Stewardship: Acquire an understanding of the history and design intent of the Winterthur Garden and Estate. Develop an awareness of the principles of conservation, environmental management, and land stewardship and how they shape Winterthur’s philosophy towards horticultural practices. 4. Garden Programming: Take opportunities to assist with Winterthur’s children’s gardening program, weekly garden lecture series, and special garden events. 5. Continuing Education: Participate in a variety of trainings including operation of large equipment, 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 31, 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 the maintenance of gardens, 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 horticulture or a related field 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 “Horticulture 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.