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    Summer Internships: Horticulture, Plant Science, Ecology

    Come study at Mt. Cuba Center, a premier botanical garden that embraces ecological gardening and celebrates native plants. Gain hands-on experience in your specific internship area while working one-on-one with our professional staff. Participate in group projects, educational programming, plant identification classes, and trips to other local horticultural organizations.  Each intern will maintain a field notebook throughout the summer for review. The program runs from May 21 – August 10, 2018. Visit http://mtcubacenter.org/employment/internship-program/ for more information and to apply online.

    The three positions detailed below are available for the summer of 2018.

    Ecological Gardening Internship – Formal Gardens

    The Ecological Gardening – Formal Gardens Intern will learn how to maintain native plantings in formal garden designs and in decorative containers. The Formal Gardens surround the Main House at Mt. Cuba Center and showcase native flora incorporated into historical, non-native plantings in a traditional setting.  The intern will work along-side our experienced horticulture staff with the opportunity to interact with guests as they explore our newly planted South Garden and other formal areas.

    Ecological Gardening Internship – Naturalistic Gardens

    The Ecological Gardening – Naturalistic Gardens Intern will enjoy a rotation through Mt. Cuba Center’s naturalistic gardens and train in the cultivation and maintenance of woodland, woodland edge, and pond gardens. In addition, the intern will learn about native plants and the wildlife that depend on them; understand sustainable management strategies used in mature naturalistic gardens; and be exposed to pest/disease management practices, weed identification, and design concepts.

    Greenhouse Internship

    The Greenhouse Intern will participate in all aspects of greenhouse maintenance, plant propagation, and production techniques of woody and herbaceous plants collected from the eastern United States and grown for use in our gardens and research programs. In addition, the intern will become familiar with our Plant Evaluation and Introductions Program.  Daily activities in the greenhouses and hoop houses will include watering, weeding, planting, and transplanting.

    Qualifications

    Mt. Cuba Center’s summer internship program is designed for individuals who have completed at least their junior year of college in programs in natural resources, horticulture or plant sciences.

    Compensation

    On-site housing is available at no cost to the intern and pay is $11/hour for a 40-hour work week.

    Application Process

    Please visit http://mtcubacenter.org/employment/internship-program/ to apply online. Application deadline is March 1, 2018. Apply early because interviews will begin in January 2018, as applications are received, and will continue until positions are filled, possibly before the March 1 deadline. For more information email internships@mtcubacenter.org or call 302-239-8886.

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    One Year Internships: Horticulture, Arboriculture, Curation, Public Engagement, Visitor Experience

    Come study at Mt. Cuba Center, a premier botanical garden that embraces ecological gardening and celebrates native plants. Gain hands-on experience in your specific internship area while working one-on-one with our professional staff. Participate in group projects, educational programming, plant identification classes, and trips to other local horticultural organizations. Each intern will complete a special project culminating in an in-house presentation of the results. The program runs from May 21, 2018 to May 10, 2019. Visit http://mtcubacenter.org/employment/internship-program/ for more information and to apply online.

    The four positions detailed below are available for 2018-2019.

    1.   Arboriculture Internship

    The Arboriculture Intern will learn first-hand how Mt. Cuba Center manages our extensive collection of trees. The intern will work in our gardens and natural lands areas on a full range of tree care tasks including planting, pruning, and removals. In addition, the intern will become proficient at using the tools of the trade such as ropes, knots, pole saws, and pruners. Additional arboricultural skills learned in the program include identification of native trees, plant health care, and groundwork.  Advanced training in tree climbing and the operation of a chain saw and brush chipper will also be included in the internship.  The intern will take the lead on a special project to develop a formal process for tree assessment in our gardens. Through inspections, data collection, and prioritization, the intern will learn how to identify and evaluate the maintenance needs of the tree. By assessing safety risks, tree health, tree structure and aesthetic concerns, corrective solutions can be recommended. This internship presents an excellent opportunity for an individual who plans to pursue a career in arboriculture. Qualifications include attention to detail, self-direction, and the ability to lift 25 pounds.

    Public Engagement Internship

    The Public Engagement Intern will learn how to successfully promote and raise the profile of a public garden through print and digital marketing, outreach, and communications. In addition, the intern will design, implement and review marketing, outreach, and communications strategies that promote our conservation mission and extend our public reach. The intern project involves researching, writing, and editing Mt. Cuba Center’s Native Plant Finder, an online plant profile database.  The intern will develop a portfolio of professional copywriting, commercial photography, and social media management and take native plant classes that enhance an understanding of ecology and conservation.  Successful candidates will have an interest in ecology, enthusiasm for thorough research, and strong writing skills.

    Native Plant Curation Internship

    Immerse yourself in the study of native plants at Mt. Cuba Center!  The Native Plant Curation Intern will work closely with the Plant Recorder and Director of Collections as part of the Collections team. This year-long position explores all aspects of living collections management and offers a rare opportunity for an individual to gain insights into the skills required for professionals in this field. The selected intern oversees a project focusing on creating a Collection Development Plan for Mt. Cuba Center’s native Orchidaceae, the orchid family, the outcome of which will have a lasting impact on Mt. Cuba Center’s curatorial program.  In addition, the intern assists in plant documentation and reporting, participates in collections assessments and learns a variety of skills, including inventorying, plant labeling, mapping, and nomenclature verification.  This hands-on internship training is intended to develop essential skills for future collections managers and public garden professionals.

    Visitor Experience Internship

    The Visitor Experience Intern will learn to create remarkable experiences at a public garden by assisting in the development and implementation of on-site interpretation, public programming, and seasonal events. In addition, the intern will develop project management skills through cross-department collaboration and external communication skills in relaying key messages to the public. The intern project involves participation in Mt. Cuba Center’s first-ever interpretive planning process through the production and evaluation of our newly developed interpretive suite of products, such as tours, demonstrations, signage, and publications. Qualifications include a strong knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to interact with the public.

    Qualifications

    The one year internship is designed for individuals with a degree in horticulture, forestry, ecology, environmental studies, associated plant fields, or museum studies who want to become professionals in public gardens.  Through this internship, individuals with limited experience in the horticultural industry will also gain basic employment skills.  Mt. Cuba Center, while very scenic, is remote and has no public transportation, walking, or bike lanes, so a car is highly recommended.  [The use of Mt. Cuba Center’s vehicles for personal use is not permitted.]

    Compensation

    The internship pay is $11/hour for a 40-hour work week, medical benefits included. Housing is available on site at beautiful Mt. Cuba Center at no cost to the intern.

    Application Process

    Please visit http://mtcubacenter.org/employment/internship-program/   to apply online. Application deadline is March 1, 2018. Please apply early because interviews will begin in January 2018, as applications are received, and will continue until positions are filled, possibly before the March 1 deadline. For more information, email internships@mtcubacenter.org or call 302-239-8886.

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    Mt. Cuba Center One-Year Internships (Curation, Marketing, Conservation, Greenhouse Production)

    Come study at Mt. Cuba Center, a premier botanical garden, where we embrace ecological gardening and celebrate native plants. Gain hands-on experience in your specific internship area while working one-on-one with our professional staff. Participate in group projects, educational programming, plant identification classes, and trips to other local horticultural organizations. Each intern will explore a special project topic that culminates in an in-house presentation and dissemination of information to the public. The program runs from May 22, 2017 to May 11, 2018. Visit http://mtcubacenter.org/employment/internship-program/ for more information and to apply online.

     

    Greenhouse Production Internship

    Learn propagation techniques throughout the seasons, from seed to mature plant, in a greenhouse setting. Produce woody and herbaceous plants collected from the eastern United States and grown for use in our gardens and research programs. Attain valuable experience with BG-BASE™, the computerized plant record management system used at Mt. Cuba Center, with specific focus on the Propagation Module. Learn how all plants and seed are received at Mt. Cuba Center, and coordinate this information with the Plant Records department. Work on a project to develop propagation protocols for the Native Plant Network, focusing on wild-collected species and those plants not in the nursery trade.  Assist with growing and collecting data on new Mt. Cuba Center introductions, and then share this research with conservation and nursery professionals.  Qualifications include strong organizational skills, attention to detail and self-motivation.

     

    Public Engagement Internship

    Learn how to successfully promote and raise the profile of a public garden through print and electronic marketing, outreach and communications. Work within Mt. Cuba Center’s Public Engagement department to design, implement and review strategies that promote our conservation mission and activities and extend our reach in the community. Develop a portfolio of professional copywriting, commercial photography and social media management and take native plant classes that enhance the understanding of ecology and conservation.

     

    Native Plant Curation Internship

    Immerse yourself in the study of native plants. Mt. Cuba Center invites budding groundbreakers in the field of living collections management to apply. The Native Plant Curation Intern will work closely alongside the Plant Recorder and Director of Collections and is part of the Collections team. The intern will assist in plant documentation and reporting, and participate in collections assessments. Future collection development plans might include such valued native plants as Trillium, Orchids or Clematis. The intern will learn a variety of skills; inventorying, labeling and mapping for our computerized plant record management and mapping systems. Individuals will become proficient in botanical nomenclature verification, a crucial skill required by all professional gardens and arboreta. This hands-on internship training will shed light on the role of collections in a botanical garden, as well as prepare future curators.

     

    Natural Lands Internship

    Expand your land stewardship knowledge and experience while gaining the skills required for a position in the natural resources field. Work closely with the Natural Lands management team assisting with habitat restoration projects, exotic species suppression, and ecological monitoring programs throughout Mt. Cuba Center’s Natural Lands.   Explore opportunities to work alongside natural resource professionals, scientists, and students to conduct research throughout the natural areas. Experience “A year in the life of a Natural Lands Steward” while also taking native plant courses to improve identification skills.

     

    Qualifications

    Our one year internships are designed for recent college graduates with degrees in ecology, environmental studies, or related plant science fields.

     

    Compensation

    Pay is $11/hour for a 40-hour work week, medical benefits included, and on-site housing is available. Interns may take limited non-paid vacation during their internship

     

    How to Apply

    Please visit http://mtcubacenter.org/employment/internship-program/ for more information and to apply online. An online or onsite interview is required.

     

    Application deadline is March 1, 2017 but please apply early.

     

    Interviews will begin in early 2017, as applications are received, and will continue until positions are filled.

     

    For more information email internships@mtcubacenter.org or call 302-239-8886.

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    Mt. Cuba Center Summer Internships

    Come study at Mt. Cuba Center, a premier botanical garden, where we embrace ecological gardening and celebrate native plants. Gain hands-on experience in your specific internship area while working one-on-one with our professional staff. Participate in group projects, educational programming, plant identification classes, and trips to other local horticultural organizations.  Each intern will maintain a field notebook throughout the summer for review. The program runs from May 22 – August 11, 2017. Visit http://mtcubacenter.org/employment/internship-program/ for more information and to apply online.

     

    The four positions detailed below are available for the summer of 2017.

     

    Greenhouse/ Research Internship

    Participate in propagation, maintenance, and production techniques of woody and herbaceous plants collected from the eastern United States and grown for use in our gardens and research programs. Become familiar with our Plant Evaluation and Introductions Program. Assist in Mt. Cuba Center’s trial garden – assessing the use of native plants for the garden, examining the ecological value of these plants, and collecting data for future evaluations, publications, or possible introductions.

     

       Ecological Gardening Internship – 2 Positions

    Enjoy a rotation through Mt. Cuba Center’s naturalistic gardens. Train in the cultivation and maintenance of woodland, meadow, woodland edge, and pond gardens. Learn about native plants and the wildlife that depend on them. Understand sustainable management strategies used in mature naturalistic gardens. Be exposed to pest/disease management practices, weed identification, and design concepts.

     

    Arboriculture Internship

    Learn first-hand how Mt. Cuba Center’s arborists manage our extensive collection of trees from planting to removal. Work in our gardens and natural lands areas on tasks including tree pruning, removals, groundwork, and risk assessment. Develop skills in plant health care, mapping, and record keeping. Learn how to use arboricultural equipment including ropes, knots, pole saws, and pruners. Optional training may include climbing (small trees) and the operation of a chainsaw and/or chipper.

     

    Qualifications

    Undergraduates planning to pursue a career or advanced degree in horticulture, plant science, landscape design/architecture, land management, ecology or a related field are welcome to apply. We prefer applicants who have completed their junior year prior to the start of the internship.

    Compensation

    Pay is $11/hour for a 40-hour work week and on-site housing is optional. Interns may take limited non-paid vacation during their internship. Academic credit is possible but must be coordinated with the student’s college or university.

     

    How to Apply

    Please visit http://mtcubacenter.org/employment/internship-program/ for more information and to apply online.

     

    Application deadline is March 1, 2017 but please apply early.

     

    Interviews will begin in early 2017, as applications are received, and will continue until positions are filled.

    For more information email internships@mtcubacenter.org or call 302-239-8886.

     

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