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Greenhouse and Research Summer Intern 
The Greenhouse & Research Intern will participate in all aspects of greenhouse operation, plant propagation, and growing techniques to assist in the production of native plants in our indoor and outdoor growing facilities. Throughout the summer season, the intern will be exposed to the over 300 accessions of herbaceous and woody native plants produced per year for use in our gardens and research programs. Examples of greenhouse responsibilities include watering, potting, pinching, and general plant care. The intern will assist with propagation functions including seed collection, working with seedlings and cuttings, and monitoring germination rates. An emphasis will be placed on data collection and organization of plant records in all phases of production.
The intern will also assist in Mt. Cuba Center’s trial garden operations, where they will help to assess the horticultural and ecological value of the various species and cultivars that are under evaluation. Additional trial garden responsibilities will include data collection, research for future trials and publications, and regular garden maintenance. 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 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.