Horticulture Internship Program

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Zoo New England (ZNE) is the private non-profit organization responsible for the management of Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts. The 72-acre Franklin Park Zoo opened in 1912 as part of the Frederick Law Olmstead Emerald Necklace, and the 26-acre Stone Zoo opened in 1905 and is situated in the Middlesex Fells Reservation. Zoo New England's mission is to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations by creating fun and engaging experiences that integrate wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education.

Participation in the Horticulture Internship program with Zoo New England at Franklin
Park is a unique and exciting way to gain valuable, hands-on experience creating a
self-sustainable 60’ x 50’ produce garden to grow varied seasonal fruits and vegetables
to be used in animal diets and to offset commissary purchases. The produce garden
is managed by the Manager of Horticulture, and cultivated by volunteers and interns.


The interns would be responsible for supervising volunteers, under the direction
of the Horticulture Manager, scheduling harvests, sowing, washing, scheduling maintenance
related tasks (watering, weeding, etc), IPM management, and landscaping related
Interns attend weekly classes on different aspects of zookeeping and gardening, and
complete a project of their own design. At the end of the internship, interns are evaluated
by their supervisors and receive certificates for completing the program.


Zoo New England considers applicants who have completed 2 or more years of college
courses in biology, botany or related fields with an overall 2.5 (C+) grade point average.
The majority of interns are current college students, although others may qualify
for the program. Internships take place throughout the year.
The Horticulture internship is a commitment of volunteering 400 hours over a period of
10 to 12 weeks, or 400 hours. Interns must also agree to abide by all Zoo New England
regulations concerning safety and conduct.

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