Summer Internships: Horticulture, Forestry, Plant Science

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 maintain a field notebook throughout the summer for review. The program runs from May 20 – August 9, 2019. Visit for more information and to apply online.

The three positions detailed below are available for the summer of 2019.

Ecological Gardening Internship - Formal Gardens
The Ecological Gardening – Formal Gardens Intern will learn how to maintain native plantings in formal garden designs and in decorative containers. The Formal Gardens surround the Main House at Mt. Cuba Center and showcase native flora incorporated into historical, non-native plantings in a traditional setting. The intern will work along-side our experienced horticulture staff with the opportunity to interact with guests as they explore our newly planted South Garden and other formal areas.

Greenhouse Internship
The Greenhouse Intern participates in all aspects of greenhouse operation, plant propagation, and growing techniques to assist in the production of plants in our indoor and outdoor growing facilities. The intern will be exposed to the over 500 accessions of herbaceous and woody native plants produced per year for use in our gardens and research programs. Daily activities include watering, transplanting, weeding, and general plant care. Emphasis is placed on data collection and organization of plant records in all phases of production. The intern will gain comprehensive growing knowledge through the daily care of an outdoor growing range.

Arboriculture Internship
The Arboriculture Intern learns first-hand how Mt. Cuba Center’s arborists manage our extensive collection of trees from planting to removal. The intern works in our gardens and natural lands areas on tasks including tree pruning, removals, and groundwork. The intern develops skills in plant health care and record keeping and learns how to use arboricultural equipment including ropes, knots, pole saws, and pruners. Optional training may include climbing small trees and the operation of a chainsaw.



Mt. Cuba Center’s summer internship program is designed for individuals who have completed at least their junior year of college in programs in horticulture, forestry, or plant sciences.


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: $11/hr plus on-site housing is available at no cost

Phone: 302-239-8886



Mailing Address: 3120 Barley Mill Rd

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