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Zoo New England
1 Franklin Park Road
DescriptionZoo New England is the non-profit corporation that operates Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Zoo New England operates on earned revenues and state, private, and corporate funding.
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 tasks.
ResponsibilitiesPosition Title: Zoo Horticulture Intern
Responsible To: Curator, or as assigned, the Landscaper or Horticulturist
Supervise: May exercise direct supervision over volunteers on an as assigned basis. Monitors, and provides safety control over non-animal staff repair crews and contractors working within and adjacent to assigned exhibits.
Assists Horticulturist in the following duties:
Assists with landscape construction projects including digging, hauling and shoveling landscape materials including stones, mulch, sand and earth.
Assists in the planting of trees, shrubs, and flowers throughout grounds.
Assists in maintaining zoo grounds by raking; sweeping; bagging leaves; mulching; weeding; watering potted plants and flowerbeds; and collecting and disposing of trash and debris. Handles tools responsibly.
If desired and at the discretion of the Horticulture Curator, may utilize equipment (leaf blower/mowers/weed whackers) after receiving additional training.
May assist with coordinating group volunteer projects.
Positively interacts with public.
Performs related work as required and/or assigned.
Works outside in uneven terrain with exposure to varying weather conditions, dust, pests and allergens.
Frequent need to bend, stoop, climb, kneel, reach and lift.
Frequent requirements to move moderate to heavy objects including pushing and unloading wheelbarrows.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS
Must test negative for TB before starting and yearly thereafter - acceptance of zoonotic disease prevention protocols as mandated by ZNE
Must be eighteen (18) years of age or older
Must be able to follow and pay careful attention to detailed directions; including observing safety requirements
Must have the ability and willingness to function independently as well as a member of a team
RequirementsZoo 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 (see application requirements.) Internships take place throughout the year, so there is no application deadline.
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.
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.