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GIS Intern
Category: Horticulture

Moore Farms Botanical Garden
Lake City, South Carolina

Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014

GIS Intern

Moore Farms Botanical Garden

The GIS intern will work primarily with the plant collections staff, contributing to the early stages of the GIS data collection in the garden. Daily tasks will include mapping, data entry, surveying, and collection management.

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.

Desired qualifications:
Interns should desire to develop a basic GIS infrastructure including data sets specifically focused on plant records. 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 GIS in relation to plant collections. Familiarity with ESRI ArcGIS software and working knowledge of ESRI data formats are highly preferred. Understanding of field collection equipment and proficiency in Microsoft Office products, specifically Excel, is required. Preferred majors include: Geography, GIS, horticulture, engineering, environmental science and computer science.

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 that utilize ESRI ArcGIS software for their collection management. 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 GIS 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 GIS. 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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