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Horticulture Internship
Category: Horticulture

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Madison, Wisconsin

Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Horticulture Internship

Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Apply by:  February 17, 2014
Duration:   3-5 months, starting in May-June   
Hours:   40 hours/week
Compensation:   $9.00/hour 
Number available:  5 
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Contact:   Jeff Epping, Director of Horticulture 
Telephone: (608) 246-4683
 FAX: (608) 245-5790 
Olbrich Botanical Gardens is a nationally recognized 16-acre public display garden located in Madison, Wisconsin – a city annually recognized for its innovation and livability. Olbrich received the American Public Gardens Association and Horticulture Magazine’s Award of Garden Excellence in 2005, an annual honor bestowed upon 1 of over 500 North American public gardens. Olbrich offers a unique opportunity for individuals possessing a passion for the world of horticulture and the enthusiasm and drive to further their gardening careers.
Interns work directly with the horticulture staff in the outdoor gardens and nursery to gain valuable practical work experience in botanical garden maintenance. Individuals will learn all aspects of environmentally responsible horticulture through sustainable gardening practices during the course of the gardening season and will be immersed in innovative and artistic garden designs and seasonal displays.  The interns work in all of the outdoor display gardens including the Event, Herb, Children’s Vegetable, Meadow, Gravel, Rain, Perennial, Rock, Rose, Shade, Sunken, Thai and Wildflower gardens, as well as some nearby city parks. Individuals work extensively with annual bed and container plantings, tropicals, aquatics, perennials, and woody plantings.  Interns will also have an opportunity to work on annual displays with the horticulture staff in downtown Madison and special beautification projects in nearby city parks.
Two paid all-day field trips to other innovative gardens and horticultural enterprises are included. Interns will experience Olbrich’s enthusiastic guests during peak visitation times, by working approximately one weekend per month and one of the three summer holidays.  Interns will have the opportunity to hone their managerial skills by occasionally supervising and working with garden volunteers.  

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