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Conservation Summer Intern 
Grow a deeper understanding of native plants by engaging in the rare plant conservation program at Mt. Cuba Center. The conservation summer intern will work closely with the Plant Conservation Scientist in the natural lands, naturalistic gardens, and office. Hands-on training will cover skills for plant identification, monitoring, and mapping. The intern will first assist in rare plant surveys and progressively learn to prepare for and lead small group surveys. Office work will focus on data basing and curating data about the rare plants of Delaware. The program is intended to immerse interns in rare plant monitoring methods over the summer bloom season as well as provide support for other native plant conservation programs. 
Qualifications include a demonstrated curiosity about native plants, attention to detail, ability to work outside and hike on uneven terrain, and ability to work in office settings including computer work, reading, and data entry. Ability to use dichotomous keys and plant identification experience is preferred but not required. Candidates must possess the ability and willingness to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. This role requires physical work including frequent standing, bending, twisting, stooping, climbing, lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects over 25 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 program in botany, plant biology, or ecology, 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.