Internship General Horticulture

Native Plant Curation One Year Internship

posted December 18, 2017
apply by March 1, 2018


Come study at Mt. Cuba Center, a premier botanical garden that embraces ecological gardening and celebrates native plants. Gain hands-on experience in your specific internship area while working one-on-one with our professional staff. Participate in group projects, educational programming, plant identification classes, and trips to other local horticultural organizations. Each intern will complete a special project culminating in an in-house presentation of the results. The program runs from May 21, 2018 to May 10, 2019. Visit http // for more information and to apply online.

Immerse yourself in the study of native plants at Mt. Cuba Center! The Native Plant Curation Intern will work closely with the Plant Recorder and Director of Collections as part of the Collections team. This year-long position explores all aspects of living collections management and offers a rare opportunity for an individual to gain insights into the skills required for professionals in this field. The selected intern oversees a project focusing on creating a Collection Development Plan for Mt. Cuba Centerís native Orchidaceae, the orchid family, the outcome of which will have a lasting impact on Mt. Cuba Centerís curatorial program. In addition, the intern assists in plant documentation and reporting, participates in collections assessments and learns a variety of skills, including inventorying, plant labeling, mapping, and nomenclature verification. This hands-on internship training is intended to develop essential skills for future collections managers and public garden professionals.

Minimum Qualifications

The one year internship is designed for individuals with a degree in horticulture, forestry, ecology, environmental studies, associated plant fields, or museum studies who want to become professionals in public gardens. Through this internship, individuals with limited experience in the horticultural industry will also gain basic employment skills. Mt. Cuba Center, while very scenic, is remote and has no public transportation, walking, or bike lanes, so a car is highly recommended. [The use of Mt. Cuba Centerís vehicles for personal use is not permitted.]

Wages, Salary and Benefits

The internship pay is $11/hour for a 40-hour work week, medical benefits included. Housing is available on site at beautiful Mt. Cuba Center at no cost to the intern.

Application Requirements

Please visit http // to apply online. Application deadline is March 1, 2018. Please apply early because interviews will begin in January 2018, as applications are received, and will continue until positions are filled, possibly before the March 1 deadline. For more information, email or call 302-239-8886.


Megan Schiff, or 302-239-8886