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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden-Horticulture Research Internship-Tue, 03/13/2018 - 2:31pm

Horticulture Research Internship


Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond , VA 23111

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Job Description 

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Horticulture Team is seeking an inquisitive, dynamic, hard-working and enthusiastic research intern, who is excited about spending the summer learning the art and craft of horticulture while implementing and completing a plant-based research project. The intern will work in all Garden areas, assisting staff and volunteers with the challenging, hands-on tasks of managing and curating a wide variety of seasonal displays, garden areas, plant collections and departmental initiatives. When not scheduled to conduct research, the intern can expect to weed, rake, groom, prune, plant, mulch and haul debris in seasonal extremes and all weather conditions on a daily basis.

Duties & Responsibilities 

• Work with Director and Manager of Horticulture to execute a summer research project, designed to address a current challenge faced by the Horticulture Department (examples of past topics: water quality monitoring, integrated pest management resources and strategies, food crop production, medicinal plants and benthic macroinvertebrate population surveys)
• Compile research into a user-friendly resource to share with the department, Garden and guests
• Prepare and present a report of experience, procedures and findings to Garden staff and guests

• Assist horticulturists in all areas of the Garden with wide variety of primary garden care tasks, including planting, mulching, grooming, watering, fertilizing, weeding, etc., using best horticulture practices in accordance with established Garden standards
• Participate in routine group tasks such as leaf blowing walkways and string trimming weeds
• Perform routine maintenance on Garden power tools and equipment such as filling gas cans, re-stringing trimmers, cleaning and sanitizing tools, and keeping equipment organized and tidy

• Willingly and cheerfully integrate assigned horticulture duties with the efforts of other departments (education, operations, garden shop, facility rental, public relations, etc.)
• Comply with provisions of the current Employee Handbook, all published personnel policies and the requirements of the job description
• Perform duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multi-generational families, and in accordance with directed practices and procedures
• With supervisor, implement Garden’s safety and risk management program and training

• Must be able to lift 50 pounds repeatedly
• Must be able to work indoors in conservatory conditions and outdoors in all seasonal extremes
• Must be able to bend, squat, kneel, stand and walk for extended periods of time
• Note: Duties described above, other duties and physical demands have been identified as essential.

Education and Experience 

• Current student or graduated student in post-secondary programs relating to horticulture, plant science or related field is required
• Minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA

Application Instructions 

Please submit cover letter, resume, and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Job Application to George Cowart, Horticulture Manager, at

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Laurel Matthew