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Horticulture Intern
Category: Horticulture

Moore Farms Botanical Garden
Lake City, South Carolina

Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Horticulture Intern

Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Interns will work with all levels of staff in the daily care of the gardens and plant collections. They will learn both hardy and subtropical plants, refined gardening skills and new and traditional design methods. Work will include garden care, greenhouse and nursery management, database management and herbarium specimen preparation in conjunction with the A.C. Moore Herbarium at the University of South Carolina.

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 much more. Other land use includes agriculture, forestry, pine straw production and wildlife habitat.

Desired qualifications:
We are seeking students who are passionate about horticulture and botanical gardens. Ability to lift 50 lbs., willingness to work in adverse weather conditions, and a valid driver’s license are required.

The internship is intended to allow juniors, seniors and recent graduates to work along staff in every aspect of the garden to explore their career options. Preferred majors include: horticulture, botany, biology and landscape architecture.

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

Compensation and incentives: On-site housing in a cottage with satellite TV and Wi-Fi. Interns receive a taxable stipend of $1800 per month. Work exchanges will be arranged with local gardens like Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden, JC Raulston Arboretum, Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Garden and Brookgreen Gardens. A paid, out of state field trip is planned to provide experience of 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 horticulture 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, to prepare them for professional employment, to encourage creative and progressive thought and to ignite and inspire further passion for horticulture.

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