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 Natural Lands Stewardship Intern will learn about and gain experience implementing proper land management practices while working closely with natural lands staff to preserve and maintain Winterthur’s meadows, woodlands, waterways, and wildlife.
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Natural Lands Management: Assist with environmental projects in meadows, woods, riparian areas, and streams and ponds, including management of wildlife and livestock. Activities will include identifying and removing invasive plants, maintaining native plants, enhancing habitat for native wildlife, maintaining trails, monitoring bird populations, and caring for Winterthur’s herd of goats. Use of large equipment (mowers, tractors, backhoes), small/hand held equipment (string trimmers, leaf blowers, pruners, handsaws), and systemic herbicides. 2. Land Stewardship: Develop awareness of the principles of best management practices and how they shape Winterthur’s philosophy towards environmental conservation. 3. Equipment Maintenance: Learn proper cleaning, sharpening, maintenance, and storage of job-related equipment. 4. Natural Resource Evaluation & Inventory: Document existing resources and explore new ones. 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 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 environmental science, horticulture, or a related field. One year of practical, hands-on experience in environmental science or horticulture, with some time devoted to natural lands stewardship, preferred.
Education Requirements: At minimum, an enrolled student or recent graduate of an accredited college or university. One semester of completed coursework in environmental science, horticulture, or a related field. Two years of completed coursework in environmental science, horticulture, or a related field is preferred. At least one semester of study in natural lands stewardship, 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 “Natural Lands Stewardship 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.