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Horticulture Summer Intern
The mission of Mt. Cuba Center is to inspire an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a commitment to support the habitats that sustain them. The Gardens Intern Class of 2023 will gain hands-on fine gardening skills, develop a broad understanding of ecological gardening practices and learn how a top tier public garden manages complex and dynamic plantings. The internship presents an excellent opportunity for an individual who plans to pursue a career as a public garden professional and is passionate about conservation of natural habitats.
As a botanical garden, Mt. Cuba Center holds living collections of plants, just like a museum houses collections of art or historical artifacts. These collections are maintained within both formal and naturalistic style gardens which include ponds, meadows, woodlands, glades, borders, and container plantings. Interns will rotate through each of the gardens, working with different horticulturists and each distinct garden team. Through these varied experiences, the next generation of public garden professionals will learn about the importance of ecological horticulture as well as the practical, applied skills needed to create healthier landscapes in their future work. This role requires physical work including frequent standing, bending, twisting, stooping, climbing, lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects over 50 pounds.
Overview of Internship 
Mt. Cuba Center Internships follow a full-time schedule (37.5 hours/week) from June 7, 2023 through August 11, 2023. Optional free, off-site housing will be provided. Objectives of Mt. Cuba Center’s Intern Program include: 
  • Provide valuable skills, education, and experience that will help interns in their future professional endeavors 
  • Connect interns with professionals in the field for networking and mentorship opportunities 
  • Encourage and enable interns to pursue careers in conservation, public horticulture, or the nonprofit and cultural sectors 
  • Create responsible environmental stewards and advocates for native plants and plant conservation 
  • Candidates must be currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from, a horticulture program or related field of study.
  • Interns are strongly encouraged to have a vehicle to provide their own transportation. There are no public transportation options available near Mt. Cuba Center.  
  • 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.

Application Process
The application deadline is February 8, 2023.  To apply, please use the link below to complete the application. You will be required to upload the following documents:
  • Your resume
  • Contact information for three professional references
  • A cover letter that details your experience and career goals 
Your application will not be considered complete without these documents. 

Mt. Cuba Center is committed to diversity and inclusivity and encourages qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply.