Applications are now closed for 2020.
Internship responsibilities: rotate through different garden areas gaining experience in maintenance of display gardens, research collections, and general grounds work. Additional internship activities will include weekly meetings with arboretum staff and or Horticultural Science faculty to discuss collection maintenance, pest management, and other public garden issues not covered in daily work. Students will be assigned discussion topics or readings focusing on current issues facing public gardens. Topics and readings will reflect the interests and work assignments of the interns and will vary from year to year.
Topics such as invasive plant management, IPM or pesticide use in public areas, maintaining research collections in public areas, may be covered. Additional aspects of public horticulture including the Andersen Horticultural Library, interpretation and exhibits, children's programs, visitor programs and events, plant information and outreach, orientation to specific research activities and projects, hands-on horticultural demonstration and experiences, including off-site field trips or lectures, and other relative experiences will be organized throughout the summer.
Some internships will specialize in particular areas as described below:
- Research intern positions may also be available working with specific research projects involving data collection, plant propagation, and pest management with a specific area or group of plants.
- Extension or educational intern positions that involve horticultural writing, website work, or the development of educational information may also be available.
- In 2020, one internship will specialize in Native Orchid Conservation. This internship will focus on several aspects of rare plant conservation with native orchid species, including lab, greenhouse, plot and fieldwork. Work will be both at the Arboretum and around the state. Basic biology/botany coursework is required, advanced coursework in systematics, conservation, and ecology is helpful. If interested, please specify your interest in the Native Orchid Conservation Internship in your application.
Intern stipend is $13.00/hour for a 40-hour work week. Applicants must have their own transportation. Housing assistance may be available. The Arboretum's extensive library and education classes are available to interns. Interns are expected to join in the activities of the Arboretum, including special events and visitor programs, in order to experience the full spectrum of a public garden.
One intern from the University of Minnesota will be awarded the George and Mary Lou Klacan Scholarship in the amount of $2500 in addition to their summer hourly wage. All applicants from the University of Minnesota will be considered for the scholarship, with preference given to students, a) studying horticulture/plant science or a field related, b) demonstrating financial need or academic merit, and c) demonstrating an interest in integrated pest management.
In 2019 the Landscape Scholars program was initiated for undergraduate plant science and related majors at the University of Minnesota and combines academic classes with the experiential hands-on internship at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Students from schools other than the University of Minnesota are encouraged to apply for the internship program but are not eligible to be considered for the additional scholarship. Student interns from outside of the University of Minnesota seeking credit for their internship will be responsible for working with their home school to ensure requirements for credit are met.
Application Information: Applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in public horticulture. Qualifications for candidates include gardening or plant maintenance experience and enrollment in or completion of an A.A., B.S., or M.S. degree program in the Life Sciences area (Biology, Botany, Environmental Science, Forestry, Horticulture, or Life Science Ecology).
To apply, please complete an online application. Please note that you will need to be signed in to a Google account to complete this application. If you do not have a Google account or would prefer to submit your application via mail or email, you may download an application form and send it, along with a personal statement, resume and official transcript to:
Jean Keiser, Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org or Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318
Applications for internships will be accepted until positions are filled.