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Horticultural Internship Program
Category: Horticulture

Heritage Museum and Gardens
Sandwich, Massachusetts

Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Horticultural Internship Program

Heritage Museums and Gardens

Heritage Museums and Gardens in historic Sandwich, MA on Cape Cod offers summer internships for the period May through late August.  This is a great opportunity to gain public garden work experience.  Students work directly with various garden staff in the Garden doing various duties as required to maintain a public garden.
Using the extensive and mature plant collections, students participate in plant walks and are required to learn approximately 100 woody plants and 50 herbaceous perennials over the 10 week course.  In addition, students participate in several lectures on various subjects related to public garden operation, plant culture and landscape design.  Each week, on a rotating schedule students are required to document and write a “What’s in Bloom” column for the HMG website. 

Students will participate in several field trips to other gardens of the northeast including a 4 day trip to gardens in the Delaware Valley and New York City.

Interns are scheduled to work 40 hrs a week at an hourly rate of $10.  A small housing allowance is also granted for students not from the Cape Cod, southeastern Massachusetts area. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to weeding, mulching, fertilizing, pruning, dividing plants, propagation, planting, watering, volunteer management, plant documentation and other duties as assigned and necessary for the operation of a public garden.   All interns will be required to work at least one weekend during the summer.


  • Ability to work ten weeks beginning some in May 2014. 
  • The ability to read, thoroughly understand and ALWAYS follow all policies and procedures of the institutional Safety Manual.
  • Be enrolled in a college horticulture program or related field with an interest in garden maintenance.  Good communication and interpersonal skills.

Physical Demands:

  • Some requirements for lifting, pushing, pulling items up to 50 lbs.
  • Work outside in all types of weather.
  • Some work on stepladders.

Location: Heritage Museums and Gardens, Sandwich, MA 02563

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