One Year Internships: Horticulture, Ecology, Museum Studies

Hockessin 19707, Delaware

JoB Description

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 20, 2019 to May 8, 2020. Visit for more information and to apply online.

The three positions detailed below are available for 2019-2020.

Natural Lands Internship
The Natural Lands Intern will expand their knowledge of and experience with land stewardship while gaining the skills required for a position in the natural resources field. Working closely with the Natural Lands management team, the intern assists with habitat restoration projects, exotic species suppression, and ecological monitoring programs throughout Mt. Cuba Center’s Natural Lands. This internship provides opportunities to work alongside natural resource professionals, scientists, and students to assist with established research projects. This year’s project involves taking the lead on planning and executing a large-scale survey that examines vegetation changes over time. The intern will be responsible for data collection, entry, and analyses using various computer programs, including Microsoft Excel and ArcGIS. Qualifications include basic knowledge of ArcGIS, Microsoft Office, and skills in data entry and analyses.

Native Plant Curation Internship
Immerse yourself in the study of native plants at Mt. Cuba Center! The Native Plant Curation Intern works 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 one of Mt. Cuba Center’s core collections, Trillium of the Eastern Temperate Forest, the outcome of which will have a lasting impact on Mt. Cuba Center’s 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.

Guest Experience Internship
The Guest Experience Intern learns 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 develops 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 Center’s 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.




The one year internship is designed for individuals with a degree in horticulture, 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 Center’s vehicles for personal use is not permitted.]


To Apply: Please visit to apply online.  Application deadline is March 1, 2019. Apply early because interviews will begin in January 2019, 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.



Contact: Internship Coordinator

Salary: 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.

Phone: 302-239-8886


Mailing Address: 3120 Barley Mill Rd

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