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Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve-Internship in Horticulture and Landscape Management-Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:42am

Internship in Horticulture and Landscape Management


Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve
botanical garden in Niles, Michigan
13988 Range Line Rd.
Niles , MI 49120

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Job Description 

Applications are being accepted for Fernwood’s 11-week Horticulture and Landscape Management Internship. The internship provides a unique opportunity for students to gain practical work experience and exposure to the world of public horticulture and various aspects of natural areas management while building a strong skillset for future employment in Horticulture and Natural Areas Management. This is an opportunity to gain valuable career experience in various aspects of public gardens operations, routine garden maintenance as well as planning and following through on a project of interest and working with volunteers. Students also will be asked to participate in selected Fernwood programs and events. Internship positions in events and marketing are also available.

Duties & Responsibilities 

- Perform various landscape and garden maintenance tasks such as but not limited to: general garden bed care, pruning, weeding, planting, mowing, mulching, watering, fertilizing, tree and shrub care, potting, label making and installation.
- Implementation of invasive species control protocols throughout the preserve.
- Trail maintenance such as sawing and removal of fallen tree limbs, chipping, setting posts and signage replacement and repair.
- Coordinate weekly work activity with Director of Buildings and Grounds
- Assist with event planning and implementation.

Education and Experience 

All interested students are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to those with the following:
- Access to a car with a valid driver’s license.
- Current enrollment in a college or university
- Studying horticulture, forestry, landscape management, restoration ecology or related subject.
- Interest and motivation to learn more about plants and the environment

Application Instructions 

Applicants should complete the digital application found on the Fernwood web site at ( under About>Employment. The application includes the following:

- Essay of Interest (approximately 200-250 words). The essay should address why you want to work at Fernwood, any previous and applicable job experience, what you hope to gain from your experience, and any other information you think we should know when considering you for a position. We recommend you compose your essay in a Word document first. Then, copy and paste it into the online form.

Other Information
On-time and complete applications will be given preference over late or incomplete applications. Applications will be available online from the Fernwood web site beginning March 1 2018. Candidates will be contacted via phone for an interview and notification of final selection will be no later than April 30.

Full Name 
Steve Bornell