Internship Public Horticulture

Visitor Experience 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.

The Visitor Experience Intern will learn to create remarkable experiences at a public garden by assisting in the development and implementation of on-site interpretation, public programming, and seasonal events. In addition, the intern will develop project management skills through cross-department collaboration and external communication skills in relaying key messages to the public. The intern project involves participation in Mt. Cuba Centerís first-ever interpretive planning process through the production and evaluation of our newly developed interpretive suite of products, such as tours, demonstrations, signage, and publications. Qualifications include a strong knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to interact with the public.

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