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2013 Sustainable Plant Health Care Internship
Category: Horticulture

Ganna Walska Lotusland
Santa Barbara, CA

Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013


2013 Sustainable Plant Health Care Internship


Ganna Walska Lotusland

Contact: Dorothy Shaner

Director of Public Programs

695 Ashley Road

Santa Barbara, CA  93108

Tel: (805) 969-3767, ext. 107

Fax: (805) 969-4423



Internship: One – Sustainable Plant Health Care

Apply by March 16, 2013

For: Flexible three-month period June - September

Stipend/Credit/Wages: $10.00/hour plus housing

Please note:  Because of Lotusland’s location, intern will need a vehicle for off site transportation (no public transportation close by)


Job Description


Successful applicants will work with Lotusland’s Plant Health Care Coordinator and grounds staff implementing and monitoring sustainable management practices for a 37-acre botanical display garden emphasizing bromeliads, cacti and succulents, cycads, ferns, palms, water gardens as well as turf areas.


The intern will experience all aspects of Lotusland’s horticultural program. They will gain theoretical as well as hands on experience that will equip them for designing and managing a similar program in any urban horticultural setting without using toxic or environmentally degrading materials.  Applicants will become familiar with ecological soil management practices using compost, compost tea, and mulch, as well as soil fertility management using natural nutrient cycling by soil food web organisms and through applying organic fertilizers. They will also help manage plant diseases by the use of beneficial microorganisms and experience the insectaries responsible for the balanced insect ecology of the garden. Finally they will become familiar with plant health indicators and how to monitor them both in the field and in Lotusland’s lab.


Applicant must be currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from, an accredited, college-level horticultural program or internship. Intern must have his or her own transportation. Housing is provided.


For information and application materials, please e-mail To apply, please send a cover letter, application, and three letters of reference to Dorothy Shaner, Director of Public Programs, Ganna Walska Lotusland, 695 Ashley Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, by March 16, 2013. The successful applicant will be notified by April 2013. For information about Lotusland, please visit our website:

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