Internship Program

Developing a New Generation of Environmental Leaders

Internships are Mt. Cuba Center’s greatest investment in the future. Our goal is to inspire students to have an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a desire to protect the environments that sustain them.

We offer two types of programs: a summer program that runs for 12 weeks for college undergraduates or recent college graduates and a one year program for recent college graduates.

 

The one year internship is designed for recent college graduates with degrees in ecology, environmental studies, and associated plant fields who want to become emerging professionals in their chosen discipline.  These internships prepare individuals for a job in the field of botanical gardens. Our goal is to seed public gardens with talented individuals who are inspired by native plants so conservation can take root.

Students will participate in field trips, workshops, conferences, native plant classes, and learn sustainable gardening practices.  Intern projects will highlight the investigative nature of learning with a research component within their chosen area that culminates in an in-house presentation and dissemination of information to the public.

Internships run from May 22, 2017 to May 11, 2018.  An online or onsite interview is required. Onsite housing is available and the internship pay is $11/hour for a 40-hour work week, medical benefits included.  When applying online please

  • Upload your resume
  • Upload references with contact information
  • Upload a letter documenting your experience and career goals
  • Fill in the Education history section

Your application can not be considered without these documents. Application deadline is March 1, 2017. For more information, contact the Internship Coordinator, at 302.239.8886 or internships@mtcubacenter.org.  Each internship is described below.

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. This is a one-year internship.

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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 will be 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. This is a one-year internship.

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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 our wildlands.  Experience “A year in the life of a Natural Lands Steward” while also taking native plant courses to improve identification skills. This is a one-year internship.

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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. This is a one-year internship.

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Mt. Cuba Center offers an exceptional 12-week summer internship program designed for college undergraduate students or recently graduated students majoring in horticulture, landscape architecture, ecology, or related plant science fields. This program offers students a chance to explore career path options through a hands-on and education focused experience. Learn practical eco-gardening skills and on-the-job training with horticulturists, greenhouse staff and arborists.  Students will participate in workshops, field trips, plant identification classes and maintain a field notebook that demonstrates an understanding of native pants and their use in gardening and conservation.

Summer Internships run from May 22, 2017 to August 11, 2017. Acceptance is granted on a rolling basis. On-site housing is optional and pay is $11/hour for a 40-hour work week.  Academic credit is available in coordination with an intern’s college requirements. When applying online please

  • Upload your resume
  • Upload references with contact information
  • Upload a letter documenting your experience and career goals
  • Fill in the Education history section

Your application will not be considered without these documents.  Application deadline is March 1, 2017. For more information, contact the Internship Coordinator, at 302.239.8886 or internships@mtcubacenter.org.  Each unique internship is detailed below.

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. This is a three-month internship.

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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. Two positions open. This is a three-month internship.

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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. This is a three-month internship.

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