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Longwood Gardens is pleased to offer the Rotational Summer Internship in Public Horticulture. Open only to current sophomores and juniors enrolled in a two- or four-year college or university program in horticulture or a related field, the Rotational Summer Internship in Public Horticulture offers students the opportunity to emphasize in either Display Horticulture or Greenhouse Production. Featuring bi-weekly rotations through five or six different horticultural work areas, this unique internship program is meant to introduce students to the diversity of career opportunities available in public horticulture.
The Arboriculture Intern learns and refines tree-care skills through hands-on training. The work involves tree climbing and pruning as well as the use of hand tools, chain saws, chippers, and bucket trucks. Duties may include tree trimming and cabling, bracing, hedge pruning, and tree health evaluation. A fall internship involves several months of Christmas light installation and maintenance. Previous arboriculture or urban forestry training or experience is preferred. Willingness to operate machinery, willingness to work in adverse weather conditions, and the ability to lift 50 lbs are required.
The Curatorial Intern works closely with the Curatorial staff to learn the methods and techniques applied in curating a plant collection in a public garden. Specific experiences include: plant identification, utilizing plant identification keys; accessioning and maintaining plant records, utilizing the databases BG-BASE and BG-Map; labeling, both producing educational labels for visitors and accession labels for staff; and inventorying and mapping, utilizing GPS and total station surveying equipment. The intern will develop a thorough understanding of the principles of plant nomenclature and gain familiarity with a wide variety of publications and other information resources. The intern will also carry out a research project that will result in a paper for publication. A variety of computer skills and familiarity with plant nomenclature, willingness to work independently and in adverse weather conditions, and a valid driver’s license are required. This is a 12 month position.
The Display Design Intern works closely with the Display Specialist on design projects in an effort to learn the process of implementing permanent and seasonal displays from concept to construction. Duties include evaluating the effectiveness of current displays and assisting with drafting projects, presentation drawings, field note taking, and site measuring. The internship involves taking leadership roles with individual design projects as well as active roles in the staging and installation of indoor and outdoor designs. Other duties include assisting with research for design and display development, taking part in presentations to various committees, and assisting with Christmas display design and implementation. The individual should possess a strong desire to learn and a high degree of self motivation. Excellent hand drafting and communication skills, willingness to work independently, and willingness to work outdoors are required. Experience with surveying, computer design programs and GIS are preferred, but not necessary. This position is ideal for a student in landscape architecture, landscape design, or architecture who has a strong interest in horticulture. A portfolio of 5 samples of creative work must accompany the application. This is a 9-12 month internship.
The Education Intern works within the three Educational Program Areas to plan, implement and manage various educational programs, targeting K-12, college-level, and adult learners. This unique one-year opportunity provides a rotational experience meant to maximize exposure to educational programming for learners of all ages. The Education Department staff works with each intern to develop a one-year plan that addresses and serves individual student interests and career goals. Interns will spend several months in each of the three program areas, while also carrying out specific long-term projects based on the needs of the department and the intern’s career interests. Opportunities for professional development, including a stipend for attendance at one national conference are available. The successful candidate is a self-motivated, computer-literate, and organized individual looking for a dynamic yearlong experience in a collaborative educational environment.
The Greenhouse Production Intern learns the systems and horticultural skills needed to manage a state-of-the-art container production greenhouse through hands-on involvement in the daily operations of a production facility. Interns will propagate plants by seed and vegetative means and will learn to mix various types of growing media. Responsibilities include assisting in the upkeep and cleanliness of the greenhouse and other work areas, and performing primary plant care in the absence of full-time staff. Other tasks include transplanting, potting, repotting, staking, tying, grooming, watering and fertilizing with automated systems, transporting potted plants to and from growing areas, and assisting with installations of large displays and garden-wide projects. This experience is perfect for someone who intends to grow plants for a display garden or for commercial purposes. Opportunities range from 3-12 months. Willingness to work independently, willingness to work some weekends, and the ability to lift 50 lbs are required.
The Groundskeeping Intern will learn proper turfgrass management techniques through hands-on experience in the day to day management of the turf within Longwood Gardens. The intern will sod, repair, renovate, and fertilize turf, in addition to mowing and string-trimming, weeding and edging beds, pruning shrubs and trees, preparing soil and compost, and assisting in other maintenance projects important to outdoor display horticulture. Seasonal tasks include leaf cleanup in the fall, natural areas cleanup, removal of woody invasive plants, and snow removal operations in the winter. The intern is expected and required to follow all proper safety practices. Willingness to work in adverse weather conditions, willingness to work independently, ability to lift 50 lbs, and a valid driver’s license are required. This is a 6-12 month internship.
The Research Intern learns the daily tasks involved in operating a horticultural research facility through hands-on involvement with the research team and working with extraordinary hardy and non-hardy plants. Research at Longwood focuses upon applied, practical studies to enhance the indoor and outdoor horticultural displays. The individual works in research plots at the Nursery and in the Research Greenhouses performing weeding, watering, mulching, soil preparation, fertilizing, pruning, planting and transplanting, labeling, and data collection. The intern will collect data on seed germination, bloom period, and hybridization results on a variety of plant trials including camellia hardiness, boxwoods, and on-going evaluations of new plants. Additional tasks include soil testing, virus testing, and propagation by seed, cuttings, grafting/budding, and plant tissue culture. Attention to detail is important. This internship is ideal for students eager to learn a wide range of plants. Willingness to work independently, willingness to work in adverse weather conditions, willingness to work some weekends, the ability to lift 50 lbs, and a valid driver’s license are required. Acquisition of a pesticide applicator's license may be required. This is a 12 month position.
The Indoor Display Intern will learn the special nature of gardening in conservatories through hands-on involvement in the day-to-day process of installing and maintaining greenhouse displays and collections. Students work on seasonally changing displays which include annuals, perennials, tropical plants, and bulbs. Students may work with palms, aquatics, orchids, bananas, roses, ferns, succulents, bonsai, espaliered fruit, and Mediterranean flora. Duties include grooming, planting, and maintaining plant displays. Opportunities range from 3-12 months. A general knowledge of greenhouse environments and plant culture is preferred. Willingness to work independently, willingness to work in adverse weather conditions, willingness to work some weekends, ability to lift 30 lbs, and a valid driver’s license are required.
The Integrated Pest Management Intern gains plant health diagnostic skills such as proper pest scouting and identification techniques and the recognition of common plant disease/pest infestation symptoms on plants. The intern assists the IPM staff in scouting for and diagnosing pest problems on a wide variety of crops grown in the greenhouse, conservatory, landscape, and natural environments. The intern performs applied research projects that investigate the biology and control of pests, designs and implements pest sampling and monitoring programs, releases beneficial insects in the conservatory, and evaluates the effectiveness of cultural practices, beneficial organisms, and chemical controls. The intern must obtain a pesticide applicator’s license and will likely apply chemical pest control materials with an emphasis on safety, focusing on the least toxic yet effective methods of control. Additional responsibilities include developing lectures and displays and performing outreach educational programs concerning IPM. The ability to lift 50 lbs, willingness to work in adverse weather conditions, ability to work independently, and a valid driver's license are required. This is a 12 month position.
We are seeking an MLS (or equivalent) student or recent graduate to gain experience in the operations and management of a special library and institutional archives. Interns work in each section of the unit—Library, Digital Gallery, and Archives—to develop projects aimed at furthering the professional interests of the student while working to achieve unit strategic goals. This is a full-time, 12-month position.
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The Marketing and Public Relations Intern gains exposure to the latest in web-based communications, research, and overall business development by working with the Marketing and Public Relations staff to help develop and manage promotions, marketing, and public relations projects for the Gardens. The primary focus of the internship will be to assist with the daily management and development of the Longwood Gardens website and other web-based vehicles. The intern will participate in database development and management to ensure effective communication to guests and the travel and tourism industry. Additionally, special projects within the marketing and public relations field will be assigned. The successful candidate will be a self-motivated, highly-organized team player with excellent computer skills and superior verbal and written communication skills. Graphic design skills and knowledge of Photoshop and Quark are a plus but not necessary. Training on all tasks and programs will be provided. Opportunities range from 6-12 months. Willingness to work independently, some weekend work, and a valid driver's license are required.
The Nursery Management Intern learns propagation, potting, labeling, record-keeping, pruning, and transplanting techniques through involvement with the day-to-day operation of Longwood’s nursery. The intern prunes, maintains, and evaluates woody and herbaceous plant material and conducts general maintenance including weeding and mulching. Additionally, the student prepares trees and shrubs for transport and installation in the display gardens by hand digging, ball-and-burlapping, or using a tree spade. The intern will also assist with labeling plants and record-keeping. Opportunities range from 3-12 months. The ability to lift 50 lbs, willingness to work in adverse weather conditions, willingness to work independently, and a valid driver’s license are required.
The Outdoor Display Intern maintains herbaceous and woody plants in several sections of the Gardens. Duties include planting, weeding, mulching, watering, pruning, staking, and fertilizing. Students may work with woody plants, herbs, bulbs, ground covers, roses, vegetables, and fruits in some of Longwood’s most intensively cultivated areas. In addition, students may prepare trees and shrubs for transporting from the nursery to the display area by hand digging, ball-and-burlapping, or using a mechanical tree spade. Opportunities range from 3-12 months. The ability to lift 50 lbs, willingness to work in adverse weather conditions, willingness to work independently, and a valid driver’s license are required.
The Performing Arts Intern gains exposure to the planning and execution of Performing Arts events at the Gardens. The intern is responsible for maintaining Performing Arts sections of the Longwood website, and for managing all Performing Arts images in the Digital Gallery. The intern will also handle all communication regarding the employee ticketing standby list program. Post-event zip code research will be conducted by the intern, as well as additional research projects as needed. Additional duties include tracking and logging ticket sales, creating concert programs, benchmarking, general artist services, and assisting in the development of the annual Longwood Gardens Performing Arts season brochure. Applicants must be able to multi-task and work independently in a busy office environment. Strong computer skills required (Word, Excel, Photoshop) and a strong knowledge of the performing arts is expected. Organ knowledge is a plus. Willingness to work evenings and weekends and a valid driver's license are additional requirements for this internship. This is a one year position.
This three month internship position will give candidates an excellent opportunity to explore interpretation and the art of engaging guests of all ages in a large public garden. The intern will support the supervision and training of four volunteer interpretive teams, planning and running special events for families and various other interpretive opportunities. This intern will work closely with the guest services docent coordinator.
As part of our team, the intern will gain valuable practical experience. Through this position the intern will gain skills in volunteer training, interpretation, informal educational programming, and planning and running large scale family events.
Applicants must possess great leadership, organization, communication, and interpersonal skills. The successful candidate should be self-motivated, creative, computer-literate, and organized. A background in environmental education, museum studies, interpretation or public gardens is preferred. An interest in horticulture is a plus. Willingness to work independently, willingness to work some weekends and evenings, and the ability to lift 30 pounds are required.
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