Winterthur's Horticulture Internship Program provides a diverse and exciting experience for students in the fields of horticulture, plant science, arboriculture, ecology, and related disciplines.
Internships are offered in the fields of garden and estate maintenance, arboriculture, groundskeeping and natural lands management. Interns have the opportunity to participate in classes on subjects such as plant identification, irrigation, turf management, and plant records; they also attend lectures and field trips. Housing is available on the Winterthur site.
Types of Internship Positions
Garden/Estate interns work alongside Winterthur's horticulture staff in different areas of the garden and estate during multi-week rotations. As part of their work experience, interns learn and practice sound horticultural techniques such as weeding, fertilizing, planting, pruning, mowing, mulching, trimming and learn about the design principles used in the creation and maintenance of Winterthur's naturalistic garden.
The arborist intern assists Winterthur’s arborists in maintaining the health, safety and aesthetics of the trees throughout the Winterthur property while learning and applying arboricultural techniques. Interns have the opportunity to participate in all phases of tree care management, including ground and/or aerial pruning of trees. The intern will also participate in educational programing, attend lectures and field trips.
Natural Lands Intern
Natural lands interns gain knowledge and hands-on-experience by working on environmental projects at Winterthur. Interns work with the natural lands staff responsible for implementing proper land management practices, explore new practices, and maintain outlying areas, including meadows, streams and ponds, and woodland areas.
Groundskeeping Intern will learn proper turfgrass management techniques through hands-on experience in the day to day management of the turf within the Winterthur garden & estate. This intern will gain experience in handling a range of mowers and turf situations. The intern will also assist with the maintenance of the historic naturalistic design of the garden by learning and practicing good safety and excellent horticultural and turfgrass management techniques, e.g. fertilizing, planting, pruning, snow removal, leaf removal, mowing, spraying pesticides, mulching, weedeating, lawn aeration and seeding. The intern will also learn the cultural requirements and botanical nomenclature of the plants along with the design principles and environmental stewardship used in the Winterthur garden.
Detailed information about Winterthur’s specific internship requirements can be found on our paid internships page.
While many of our internships take place in the summer, there are also opportunities for extended internships. See paid internships link for current opportunities.
How to Apply
Please review the paid internships page which explains how to apply for our internship opportunities. Please include a copy of our Horticulture Internship Program Objectives Survey with your application.
Additional Information and Questions
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