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Public Horticulture Internship

We are no longer accepting applications for this internship. Application deadline was April 1, 2018


The State Arboretum of Virginia, located at the University of Virginia’s Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, VA is offering a 12-week internship in Public Horticulture to begin approximately May 21, 2018 and end approximately August 10, 2018. Start and end dates are negotiable.

Interns will gain experience assisting with the care and maintenance of the Perennial Gardens, Native Plant Trail, Community Garden and Woody Collections. Activities within these areas will include routine care (weeding, mulching, and planting), removal of invasive plants, plant records management, and more. The intern will have the opportunity to assist with Summer Camp for rising second through eighth graders. A project analyzing one of the woody collections and providing suggestions for improving the collection through design and interpretation will also be completed.

The intern will have access to summer public programs free of charge, the library collections, and will work closely with various members of the arboretum staff and volunteers.

The Public Horticulture Intern will receive a stipend of $4250 paid in two installments during the program. Interns must have their own transportation and housing.

The State Arboretum of Virginia (also known as the Orland E. White Arboretum) occupies the central 172 acres of Blandy Experimental Farm. Started in the 1930s, it contains over 5000 woody trees and shrubs from around the world. It is a reference garden for the Southeast Region of the American Conifer Society and includes the American Boxwood Society's Memorial Garden. In addition to the woody collection, herbaceous collections include the Nancy Larrick Crosby Native Plant Trail, Herb, and Pollination Gardens.

Education and Experience

Applicants must be enrolled in or have an Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Arboriculture, Forestry, Environmental Science or Studies, or closely related field. 

Application Instructions

Please send a cover letter, current resume, and copy of unofficial transcripts as a Microsoft Word document or pdf with horticulture internship in the subject line to carriewhitacre@virginia.edu. Or mail to Carrie Whitacre, Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA 22620. Applications due by April 1, 2018