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Turfgrass Intern
Category: Horticulture

Moore Farms Botanical Garden
Lake City, South Carolina

Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Turfgrass Intern

Moore Farms Botanical Garden

The turfgrass intern will work primarily with the Lead Horticulturist and Turfgrass Specialist maintaining all turf in the garden. He or she will obtain knowledge in fertilization types and schedules, chemical application, different mowing methods, types of turfgrass, and irrigation installation/troubleshooting.

Moore Farms Botanical Garden is a nonprofit private garden set in rural Lake City, South Carolina. This dynamic 50-acre garden was established 12 years ago and includes a vegetable garden, formal garden, green roof, pond gardens, formal shrub borders, muscadine vineyard, greenhouse/ nursery and 4 acres of turfgrass covering 14 different varieties.

Desired qualifications:
We are seeking an intern who is interested in learning turfgrass maintenance in a botanical garden setting. Ability to lift 50 lbs., willingness to work in adverse weather conditions, and a valid driver’s license are required.
This internship is intended to allow self-motivated juniors, seniors and recent college graduates to explore turfgrass and irrigation management. Previous work experience in turfgrass is a plus but not required. Preferred majors include: turfgrass science, agriculture, and horticulture.

When offered: Year round, from 3 months to 1 year or more. Locations(s): Southeastern US. Lake City, South Carolina 29560

Compensation and incentives: On-site housing in a cottage with satellite TV and Wi-Fi, receiving a taxable stipend of $1800 per month. Work exchanges will be arranged with local gardens and golf courses like Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden, Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Garden and various golf courses. Opportunities to travel to different clients with our turfgrass specialist are possibilities as well. A paid, out of state field trip is planned to allow all interns to experience different regions and for professional networking opportunities.

Work expectations: 5 days, 40 hrs. /wk. with occasional weekend work.

To apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Via E-mail:
Rebecca Turk
Education Coordinator
Moore Farms Botanical Garden


Phone: (843) 373-8068

Via mail:
Moore Farms Botanical Garden C/o Rebecca Turk
100 New Zion Road
Lake City, SC 29560

Please state interest in the turfgrass internship in the cover letter and desired internship duration/start date.

The goal of this program is to provide students with an understanding of the day to day operations of a botanical garden, focusing predominately on the turfgrass aspect. We also strive to prepare them for professional employment, to encourage creative and progressive thought and to ignite and inspire further passion for public horticulture.

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