Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library is the home of the former H.F. DuPont with 1,000 acres of naturalistic gardens set amid the rolling hills of Delaware's Brandywine Valley area. Appealing to a wide audience of tourists, culture seekers, and avid horticulturists, the Winterthur Garden is a historic and rare example of a "wild garden." The Horticultural Internship program began in 1991 and is a continuation of Henry Francis du Pont's love of horticulture. While Winterthur's garden features a naturalistic garden design with Marian Coffin influence in many areas, a great deal of time & effort goes into maintaining and presering this living treasure.
This position provides the opportunity to gain hands-on gardening training and experience in a public garden. The intern will be working alongside members of the horticulture staff throughout the historic property. The intern will learn and practice sound horticultural techniques such as planting, pruning, mowing and weedeating with opportunities to learn design principles used in the creation and maintenance of a naturalistic garden. Interns will also participate in classes on plant identification, irrigation, turf management, arboricultural techniques & plant records; attend lectures & field trips and complete short-term projects. The work is 35 hours a week, Monday-Friday at $9.50 per hour from 7 am until around 2:30 pm. Housing is available on site.
Six months educational and/or field experience in the study of horiculture or a related field; ability to express ideas clearly, orally and in writing; ability to execute oral and written instructions; ability to lift 50 pounds; ability to safely operate horticultural hand tools and power equipment; sufficient hearing and sight to be aware of nearby guests and staff when using or close to equipment such as mowers, weed-eaters, blowers and sprayers; basic knowledge of gardeing techniqes and terminology. Must have a valid driver's license and acceptable driving record! Four positions are available May 1-August 31 (flexible start and end dates). Please e-mail your resume and letter of introduction to email@example.com or mail to Winterthur, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE 19735