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Horticulture Intern

Job Title

Horticulture Intern

Job Qualifications

1. Garden\Estate Maintenance – Assist in performing garden activities working with plant material which includes but is not limited to the performance of all tasks necessary for good health and overall good appearance of an area i.e., management of turf areas, woody ornamentals, herbaceous perennials and small trees; and caring for individual plantings, e.g., mulching, mowing, pruning, planting, weeding and snow removable.
2. Site Maintenance/Hardscape – Aid in performing work required on paths, roads, structure, signs, walls, benches, irrigation lines and vehicles, safely utilizing Winterthur’s Horticulture Department’s established procedures.
3. Training – Participate in Safety, Equipment and Maintenance training. e.g., Lyme Disease, Back Care and Small Equipment Use videos, tree planting and pruning demonstrations
4. Aesthetic/Environmental Stewardship – Acquire an understanding of the history and design intent of the Winterthur Estate. Develop awareness toward the principles of conservation, environmental management and land stewardship, and how these principles shape Winterthur’s landscape management philosophy. Employ environmentally sound practices in the field of horticulture.
5. Events Preparation/Programming –Work on large events associated with the Brown Horticulture Center.

Essential Functions:
1. Ability to operate horticultural hand-tools and power equipment safely.
2. Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record.
3. Ability to work with manual shift vehicles/various large and small power equipment–mowers, backpack blower, weed eater, bobcat
4. Ability to stand, kneel, and bend for long periods of time.
5. Able to traverse uneven ground/inclines
6. Work outdoors in all temperatures/conditions and emergency situations
7. Exposure to biting insects, poison ivy, herbicides and fertilizers
8. Able to lift 50 lbs.
9. Have adequate hearing and sight in order to be aware of nearby guests and staff when the employee is using or is around equipment such as mowers, weed-eaters, blowers and sprayers.
10. Ability to push mowers, blowers and walk over rough terrain.

Work Schedule: Approximately May 17, 2022 – August 27, 2022; Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 2:30 pm (35 hours/week plus optional 5 extra hours).

Education and Experience

Minimum Experience: Enrolled in an accredited horticulture program or related field and has successfully completed 6 months educational and/or field experience in the study of horticulture or related field

Preferred Education: 2 years in an accredited horticulture program or related field with experience in public gardens

1. Ability to execute oral and written directions.
2. Basic knowledge of gardening techniques and terminology.
3. Basic knowledge of I.P.M. and plant taxonomy and anatomy.
4. Ability to express ideas clearly orally and in writing
5. Good interpersonal skills
6. Working knowledge of computers and Microsoft systems

Position Application

Qualified applicants may apply by following the link below:

Application requires cover letter and resume – two letters of recommendation, and your most recent transcript will be required if you are selected for interview.