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Native Plant Curation Internship

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Native Plant Curation Internship

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Immerse yourself in the study of native plants at Mt. Cuba Center! This year-long internship will explore all aspects of living collections management and will offer a rare opportunity for an individual to gain insights into the skills required for professionals in the field. The Native Plant Curation Intern will work closely with Mt. Cuba Center’s Curatorial Team, including the Plant Recorder, Conservation Fellow, and Director of Collections & Conservation.

As a botanical garden, Mt. Cuba Center holds living collections of plants, just like a museum houses a variety of collections of art or historical artifacts. In collaboration with the Curatorial Team, the intern will focus on creating a Collection Development Plan for Mt. Cuba Center’s large iconic trees, which will have a lasting impact on Mt. Cuba Center’s curatorial program. Additionally, the intern will assist in plant documentation and reporting, participate in collections assessments, and learn a variety of skills, including inventorying, rare plant assessment and surveying, plant labeling, mapping, and nomenclature verification. This hands-on training will introduce the intern to plant conservation techniques and develop essential skills for future curators and collection managers.

Education and Experience

• This internship is designed for participants enrolled in, or recently graduated from, a program in horticulture, forestry, ecology, environmental studies, and other related fields of study. Applicants with relevant experience are also encouraged to apply.

• Mt Cuba Center is remotely located and is not near public transportation. If residing onsite, interns are strongly encouraged to have a vehicle to provide their own transportation.

• Participants will complete an independent project related to their area of study, that will culminate in an in-house presentation.

Qualifications include attention to detail, self-direction, and the ability to lift 25 pounds. The successful candidate must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. An exception to the COVID vaccine requirement may be provided to individuals for qualified religious or medical reasons.

Position Application

Diversity and inclusivity are valued hallmarks of Mt. Cuba Center. We believe diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and discover new opportunities to inspire people to appreciate native plants. Mt. Cuba Center encourages qualified candidates from all cultures, communities, and backgrounds to apply.

Please visit to apply online. The application deadline is February 1, 2022. For more information, contact the Internship Coordinator, at 302.239.8886 or