Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden

This opportunity is a Miller Worley MHConnect internship and is available to Mount Holyoke students only.

Location: South Hadley, MA

Position title: Horticulture and Student Garden Intern

Duration: 8 weeks

Local expenses: All living and transportation costs to be covered by the intern. On-campus housing available.

Description: The MHC Botanic Garden's internship program allows students to participate in and develop a knowledge and understanding of the care and maintenance of the Botanic Garden's diverse living collection in its gardens and the Talcott Greenhouses. Another goal is to expose interns to the diversity of the plant world and to and to the vital conservation and education roles played by botanic gardens.

In summer 2018, interns will have the opportunity to design and manage Mount Holyoke's new organic student garden (alongside their Botanic Garden work). This involves planting, harvesting, weed management, working in coordination with Dining Services, and planning Garden events. The new garden will be on a small patch of land adjacent to the greenhouse.

Responsibilities: Learning from and working alongside professional staff, duties and responsibilities will include watering, weeding, planting, transplanting, pruning, plant propagation, monitoring for insect and disease problems, safe use of landscape maintenance equipment, care of greenhouse and garden facilities, and other tasks as assigned. Field trips to local gardens and natural areas will further enhance the internship. Students will also manage MHC's new organic student garden. 

For more information about the Botanic Garden, visit the Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden website.

Qualifications: The successful applicant will have a sincere interest in plants and a strong desire to be involved with all aspects of maintaining a diverse collection of plants in the Botanic Garden's Talcott Greenhouse and gardens. An interest in exploring public horticulture or organic agriculture as a career path is very desirable. The successful applicant will also be hard-working and committed to fully participating in the activities and duties of the internship.  Ability to work indoors and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, the ability to lift up to 50lbs., and the ability to work both as part of a team and independently are also essential.

Application Instructions

Students must apply to this position through Handshake by February 22, 2019. But must complete Step 1 of the Lynk UAF application by February 15, 2019 at 5 pm, in the Applications section of the Self Service area on my.mtholyoke.edu.

In your cover letter, please discuss both the experience you bring to the internship and the skills and experience you hope to gain (in no more than a page). Please also list contact information for two references that can speak to your work or school experience.

The Miller Worley MHConnect process also requires an advising meeting with the Asst. Director of the Miller Worley Center (email internships_mwce@mtholyoke.edu) as well as a faculty reference (submitted via this form: http://bit.do/mwcefacultyref) before February 22.

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