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 who have an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a desire to protect the environments that sustain them to become future public garden leaders.

We offer two types of internship programs:

Our Summer Intern program runs for 12 weeks and is designed for individuals who have completed at least their junior year of college in programs in natural resources, horticulture or plant sciences.

A One Year Intern program for college graduates with a degree in horticulture, forestry, ecology, environmental studies, associated plant fields, or museum studies to become Botanical Gardening Professionals.

Mt. Cuba Center offers an exceptional 12-week summer internship program that provides students the opportunity to explore public garden career options through hands-on and education focused experiences. Learn practical eco-gardening skills working alongside our horticulturists, arborists, and greenhouse staff. Students participate in workshops, field trips, and 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 20, 2019 to August 9, 2019 (no exceptions applied to the start or end date).

 

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 horticulture, forestry, 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.

Academic Credit

Academic credit is available in coordination with an intern’s college requirements. Please indicate this in your application materials.

Application Process

Please apply for a specific summer internship position below. Application deadline is March 1, 2019. Apply early because interviews will begin in January 2019, as applications are received, and will continue until positions are filled, possibly before the March 1 deadline. When applying online please;

  • Upload your resume
  • Upload contact information for 3 references
  • Upload a letter documenting your experience and career goals

Your application will not be considered without these documents. For more information, contact the Internship Coordinator, at 302.239.8886 or internships@mtcubacenter.org

The Arboriculture Intern learns first-hand how Mt. Cuba Center’s arborists manage our extensive collection of trees from planting to removal. The intern works in our gardens and natural lands areas on tasks including tree pruning, removals, and groundwork. The intern develops skills in plant health care and record keeping and learns 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.

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The Greenhouse Intern participates in all aspects of greenhouse operation, plant propagation, and growing techniques to assist in the production of plants in our indoor and outdoor growing facilities. The intern will be exposed to the over 500 accessions of herbaceous and woody native plants produced per year for use in our gardens and research programs. Daily activities include watering, transplanting, weeding, and general plant care. Emphasis is placed on data collection and organization of plant records in all phases of production. The intern will gain comprehensive growing knowledge through the daily care of an outdoor growing range.

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The Ecological Gardening – Formal Gardens Intern learns 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 works 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.

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Mt. Cuba Center’s one year internships prepare individuals as future leaders in public gardens. Each internship is supervised by a professional with relevant and related background experience, and includes a research project that emphasizes the investigative nature of learning while supporting the intern’s career goals. Students will develop a suite of practical and professional skills, learn sustainable gardening practices, and participate in field trips, workshops, conferences, and native plant identification classes. Intern projects will culminate in an in-house presentation of the results. Internships run from May 20, 2019 to May 8, 2020 (no exceptions applied to the start or end date).

Qualifications

The one year internship is designed for individuals with a degree in horticulture, 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 apply for a specific one year internship position below. Application deadline is March 1, 2019. Apply early because interviews will begin in January 2019, as applications are received, and will continue until positions are filled, possibly before the March 1 deadline. An online or onsite interview is required. When applying online please;

  • Upload your resume
  • Upload contact information for 3 references
  • Upload a letter documenting your experience and career goals

Your application can not be considered without these documents. For more information, contact the Internship Coordinator, at 302.239.8886 or internships@mtcubacenter.org

Immerse yourself in the study of native plants at Mt. Cuba Center! The Native Plant Curation Intern works 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 one of Mt. Cuba Center’s core collections, Trillium of the Eastern Temperate Forestthe 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.

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The Natural Lands Intern expands their knowledge of and experience with land stewardship while gaining the skills required for a position in the natural resources field. Working closely with the Natural Lands management team, the intern assists with habitat restoration projects, exotic species suppression, and ecological monitoring programs throughout Mt. Cuba Center’s Natural Lands. This internship provides opportunities to work alongside natural resource professionals, scientists, and students to assist with established research projects. This year’s project involves taking the lead on planning and executing a large-scale survey that examines vegetation changes over time. The intern will be responsible for data collection, entry, and analyses using various computer programs, including Microsoft Excel and ArcGIS. Qualifications include basic knowledge of ArcGIS, Microsoft Office, and skills in data entry and analyses.

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The Guest Experience Intern learns 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 develops 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 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.

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