National Herb Garden Year-long Internship:
This garden is the largest designed herb garden in the world, containing over 800 taxa, including a collection of antique roses. In this internship, you will assist in all aspects of garden maintenance, propagation, planting, watering, etc. An interest in herbs as 'useful' plants as well as in antique roses, is highly desirable. Interest in garden interpretation and public education is useful. Summer schedule will include one weekend day.
Duties & Working Conditions
Qualifications: Applicants need to have either completed course work or have acquired practical experience in horticulture or a related field. Basic gardening, interest in plants, and the ability to work independently are very important.
Duties & Working Conditions: Interns will be responsible for the typical duties of working in a public garden. Assist the plant collection curators in the development and maintenance of the plant germplasm collections at the arboretum. Perform general gardening tasks that provide proper environmental conditions for germplasm collections, including watering, mowing, mulching, and weeding. In addition, procedures for maintaining proper greenhouse conditions will be stressed, including correct nutritional regimens, and environmental variables. Assist horticulturists and Plant Records staff with updating records and labels of plants in collections. Internships will involve heavy lifting and exposure to extreme heat and humidity.
Interns will be assigned to one of the following areas:
Friendship Garden: The Friendship Garden is an innovative landscape that includes woody plants, perennials, ornamental grasses, and bulbs designed for year-round interest.
Azalea & Boxwood Collections: The Azalea Collection features cultivated azaleas in a wooded setting. The National Boxwood Collection is one of the most complete collections of boxwood in the world.
Asian Collections: The dramatic landscapes of the Asian Collections features plants collected from the rich floras of China, Japan, and Korea.
Dogwood & Native Plant Collections: The Dogwood collection features more than 100 varieties and species of Cornus in a naturalistic setting. The Native Plant Collection features plants native to Eastern USA in woodland and meadow settings.
Conifer Collection & Introduction Garden: The Gotelli Conifer Collection highlights hundreds of varieties of conifers. The Introduction Garden displays new plants to the gardening public, including new National Arboretum introductions.
There is no deadline. However, to receive first consideration, please apply before February 18th, 2013.
Qualifications: Applicants need to have either completed at least 24 hours of relevant course work or have acquired one year of practical experience in a plant production or laboratory setting. Experience in horticulture, plant science, or laboratory work and the ability to work independently are very important.
Note: Although the research internships have not yet been funded, we are still accepting applications of interested candidates.
To apply for any of the above internships:
March 7, 2013 2:25 PM
URL = http://www.usna.usda.gov/Education/intern.html