This opportunity is a Miller Worley MHConnect internship and is available to Mount Holyoke students only.
Location: South Hadley, MA
Position title: Public Horticulture Internship
Duration: 8 weeks
Local expenses: All living and transportation costs to be covered by the intern. On-campus housing available.
MHC Botanic Garden Mission: “Plants are essential to life. Through its programs and collections the Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden promotes an understanding and appreciation of the botanical world by serving as a plant-based resource for education, research, conservation and inspiration.”
Description: The MHC Botanic Garden's internship program directly supports our mission. Students are provided with the opportunity to better understand and appreciate the astounding diversity of the plant world and the vital conservation and education roles played by botanic gardens. Interns will also have the opportunity to develop hands-on skills through participating in the care and maintenance of the Botanic Garden's diverse living collection in its gardens and in the Talcott Greenhouse. The internship will be enriched by involvement in an on-going ecological restoration project on campus. Field trips to local and regional gardens and natural areas will further enhance the internship by connecting interns with peers, fostering a broader awareness of the role of botanic gardens, and developing a knowledge of plant ecology.
Responsibilities: Learning from and working alongside professional staff, horticultural duties and responsibilities will include watering, weeding, planting, mulching, 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. In 2019 the Botanic Garden spearheaded a long-term ecological study and restoration on campus along Stony Brook as a means of, in part, fulfilling the conservation aspect of our mission. Part of the Summer 2020 internship will be dedicated to the continuation of this important project and interns will have the opportunity to gain experience in plant identification, data collection, invasive species management, and will develop a deeper understanding of ecological restoration.
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, and to engage fully with the restoration field work. Some experience working with plants is desirable as is an interest in exploring public horticulture or another plant-based field as a career path. The successful applicant will also be hard-working and committed to fully participating in the activities and duties of the internship. The 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.
Students must apply to this position through Handshake by March 6, 2020, but must complete Step 1 of the Lynk UAF application by February 21, 2020 at 5pm.
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.