US National Arboretum

 
 

2014 INTERNSHIPS

Now accepting application

Program Description

interns 2013The U.S. National Arboretum offers a limited number of internships to qualified individuals seeking on-the-job work experience and training in horticulture, botany, research, education, facilities management, and public garden administration. Selected individuals gain hands-on experience throughout the Arboretum's various plant collections, greenhouses, and research laboratories

Internships for 2014 include:

Horticulture Internships

Bonsai Internship

Plant Science Research Internships

Turfgrass Management Internship

HORTICULTURE INTERNSHIPS hort intern

Description: Horticulture interns are assigned to one or more gardens or collections. All interns participate in regularly scheduled educational programs and field trips, work on a project that benefits the Arboretum, and are supervised by the Arboretum's professional staff. Internships are 3-6 months long and will begin in April or May 2014. All internships are paid positions by either a hourly wage or stipend, depending upon the position.  College credit may be arranged by the student and is encouraged. There are full-time and part-time internships available.

Qualifications: Applicants need to have either completed course work or have acquired practical experience in horticulture or a related field. Basic gardening, interest in plants, and the ability to work independently are very important.

Duties & Working Conditions: Interns will be responsible for the typical duties of working in a public garden. Assists the plant collection curators in the development and maintenance of the plant germplasm collections at the Arboretum. Performs general gardening tasks that provide proper environmental conditions for germplasm collections, including watering, mowing, mulching, and weeding. In addition, procedures for maintaining proper greenhouse conditions will be stressed, including correct nutritional regimens, and environmental variables. Assists horticulturists and Plant Records staff with updating records and labels of plants in collections. Internships will involve heavy lifting and exposure to extreme heat and humidity.
Interns will be assigned to one or more of the following areas:

  • Asian Collection features plants collected from the rich floras of China, Japan, and Korea.
  • Azalea Collection features cultivated azaleas in a wooded setting.
  • Boxwood Collection is one of the most complete collections of boxwood in the world.
  • Conifer Collection highlights hundreds of varieties of conifers.
  • Dogwood Collection features more than 100 varieties and species of Cornus in a naturalistic setting.
  • Fern Valley Native Plant Collection features plants native to Eastern USA in woodland and meadow settings.
  • Friendship Garden is an innovative landscape that includes woody plants, perennials, ornamental grasses, and bulbs designed for year-round interest.
  • Introduction Garden displays new plants to the gardening public, including new National Arboretum introductions.

To apply: To apply for an internship, please send a cover letter, resume, and transcripts (unofficial are acceptable) via email to USNA.Internships@ars.usda.gov

There is no deadline. However, to receive first consideration, please apply before February 14th.
Questions? Contact the internship office at (202) 245-4563 or USNA.Internships@ars.usda.gov

Bbonsai internONSAI INTERNSHIPS

Description
This internship will be at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the U.S. National Arboretum. The intern will be trained by the curator in the care and maintenance of the bonsai collection. This internship is a paid position that receives a stipend. Weekend work will be required. The intern may work a full time or part time schedule depending on availability. Internship will not exceed 480 hours.

Qualifications
Applicants should have an active interest in the art of bonsai. The incumbent should have a basic understanding of plant care and have the ability to accurately follow instructions relating to planting, pruning, weeding and other routine garden maintenance tasks. Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen.

Duties & Working Conditions
Duties include assisting with the day to day care of the bonsai collection. The intern will work under the direction of the museum curator. The intern will assist in a wide variety of tasks required in the maintenance of the bonsai collection as needed such as watering, repotting, trimming and wiring.
Interns may have contact with visitors. In many cases work will be outdoors and may involve heavy lifting and exposure to extreme heat and humidity. Duties may also include work in the museum’s gardens.

To apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume via email to USNA.Internships@ars.usda.gov.

Deadline for applications is February 14, 2014.
Questions? Contact the internship office at (202) 245-4563 or USNA.Internships@ars.usda.gov

RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS research intern

Description: The mission of the U.S. National Arboretum is to enhance the economic, environmental, and aesthetic value of ornamental plants through research, conservation, and display. Pending available funding, the Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit may have several research internships available this summer in areas such as molecular biology, plant pathology, plant breeding, horticulture, and production. Interns would be located in Beltsville, MD or at the Arboretum in northeast Washington, DC. Interns are assigned to a particular area within the arboretum. All participate in regularly scheduled educational programs and field trips, work on independent projects that benefit the arboretum, and are supervised and mentored by the arboretum's professional staff. All internships are paid positions by either a hourly wage or stipend, depending upon the position.
We can also offer internships and mentoring as described above for qualified students who are able to provide their own funding. For all Research Internships, college credit may be arranged by the student and is encouraged.

Qualifications: Applicants need to have either completed at least 24 hours of relevant course work or have acquired one year of practical experience in a plant production or laboratory setting. Experience in horticulture, plant science, or laboratory work and the ability to work independently are very important.

Duties & Working Conditions: These positions are located in the Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit in Beltsville, MD, or at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. Depending on the project, duties could include plant propagation, seed germination, pollinations, transplanting, DNA/RNA extraction and analysis, sequencing, PCR, and other laboratory, greenhouse, or nursery procedures.

To apply: Although these internships have not yet been funded, we are still accepting applications of interested candidates. Please send a cover letter stating your educational goals and research interests, resume, and transcripts (unofficial are acceptable) via email to USNA.Internships@ars.usda.gov Please indicate whether you require compensation or whether you will be funded through another source.

There is no deadline. Questions? Contact the internship office at (202) 245-4563 or USNA.Internships@ars.usda.gov

TURFGRASS MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP 

Description: The U.S. National Arboretum is constructing a new exhibit, ‘Grass Roots’ which will focus on the environmental, aesthetic, recreational, and economic benefits of turfgrass. This position will assist the exhibit coordinator with the installation and grow-in of the 1.3 acre ‘Grass Roots’ outdoor turfgrass exhibit and maintain interactive turfgrass displays which encompass golf course features, sports fields, and home lawn features.  Internship is 3-6 months long and will begin in April or May 2014. Internship is paid position by hourly wage.

Qualifications: Applicants need to have either completed course work or have acquired practical experience in turf management, horticulture or a related field. Basic gardening, interest in plants, and the ability to work independently are very important.

Duties & Working Conditions: Turfgrass management intern will assist the exhibit coordinator with general turfgrass maintenance to include mowing, fertilizing, aerating, watering, and pest management. Intern will assist the exhibit coordinator in the development of turf care product application schedules for a variety of turf species in various settings (golf, sports field, home lawn) and apply fertilizer and other products as needed under supervision of the exhibit coordinator. This position will assist in maintenance of turf equipment, automated irrigation systems, and exhibit signage and hardscape features. This position will encompass interaction with the general public, industry professionals, Arboretum staff, and turfgrass scientists. Position will have the opportunity to interact with turfgrass managers at other area federal facilities, including the National Mall and Arlington National Cemetery, as well as local golf course superintendents and attend local professional development workshops/field days. Intern will assist with public workshops and events held in conjunction with exhibit and possibly assist with renovations of various turfgrass renovations on the Arboretum grounds.

Skills/Experience Required: Internship will involve heavy lifting and exposure to extreme heat and humidity. Experience operating turfgrass maintenance equipment is strongly preferred. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with the public are necessary in this position. Ability to work occasionally on weekends is required.

To apply: To apply for an internship, please send a cover letter indicating availability and interest, resume, and transcripts (unofficial are acceptable) via email to geoffrey.rinehart@ars.usda.gov.

There is no deadline. However, first screening of applicants will be March 10.

Questions? Contact the internship office at (202) 245-4563 or USNA.Internships@ars.usda.gov


If you need more information, have any questions or concerns, please contact us at:

     USNA Internship Coordinator
     US National Arboretum
     3501 New York Avenue, NE
     Washington, DC 20002
     (202) 245-4563
     USNA.Internships@ars.usda.gov


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