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Polly Hill Arboretum
West Tisbury, Massachusetts
Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Polly Hill Arboretum
The Polly Hill Arboretum on the island of Martha’s Vineyard is seeking applicants who are students of horticulture or plant science at the college level to participate as horticulture interns. The Arboretum’s summer internship program offers two students a unique opportunity aimed at allowing interns to improve their horticultural knowledge and skills relevant to caring for and managing a diverse collection of primarily woody plants. Working alongside and learning from professional horticulture staff, interns will have the opportunity to gain experience through participation in activities such as pruning, arboriculture, plant propagation, greenhouse and nursery management, IPM, plant records, as well as basic horticultural tasks. Interns are also expected to work with the public and help staff the Visitor Center. Interns also give occasional tours and assist with the education program in which they are encouraged to participate. Interns also complete an independent project.
The ideal candidates will be hard-working individuals with a sincere interest in further developing their horticultural knowledge and skills in a public garden setting, and students who are motivated to take full advantage of the opportunities provided.
Internships are full time positions and interns work 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. five days per week. Interns are encouraged to participate in special events and educational activities beyond this schedule, and are occasionally required to do so.
Internships are for 12 weeks. The start date is flexible, although mid-late May is ideal. Compensation is $10/hour for a 35 hour week, and housing is provided at The Nature Conservancy’s 90 acre Hoft Farm, which is about four miles from the Arboretum and served by public transportation. Other environmental science/ecology/horticultural interns associated with The Nature Conservancy and other conservation groups also live at the Farm.
No international applications accepted.
To apply for an internship for the summer of 2014 please send a cover letter, a résumé and a list of three references by February 15th, 2014 to:
The Polly Hill Arboretum
Attention: Tom Clark
P.O. Box 561
809 State Road
West Tisbury, MA, 02575