Employment TypeJob (Full-time)
Horticulture Internship 2024
Brookgreen Gardens is seeking Summer Horticulture interns. The interns join the Horticulture staff and experience the daily tasks and responsibilities of a public garden horticulturist. Brookgreen Horticulturists teach the interns through discussion-based learning, practical, hands-on experience, and field trips. This internship is intended to give real world training and understanding into the upkeep and maintenance of a public garden.
Under the direction of supervising staff members, interns experience a variety of topics including annual and perennial plant management, greenhouse operations and propagation, woody plant care, and more. Interns are required to set goals for their internships, which Brookgreen will strive to help them meet.
The emphasis of this internship is to allow students to explore the various facets of horticulture in a public garden setting. Brookgreen Gardens’ Horticulture Internship is pleased to offer an “intern-centric” experience that focuses on the intern’s growth, development, and understanding of horticulture.
Brookgreen Gardens is a national historic landmark in the heart of South Carolina’s lowcountry that exceptionally blends four mission areas in botanical gardens, art, history, and the environment.
Brookgreen is recognized as one of the great public gardens in America and the nation’s first sculpture garden, founded in 1931 by Archer Huntington and renowned sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington.
The property spans over 9,000 acres with 250 acres in public use and the majority held as a wildlife preserve. Anna Huntington designed the garden in the shape of a butterfly, with the 250-year old Live Oak Alee’ as the tail. The Garden now contains over 2,000 species of native plants and dynamic landscapes and is a leader in display gardens and conservation programs.
Brookgreen is home to the largest collection of American figurative sculpture in the country. In addition to outdoor display, Brookgreen features changing exhibitions, permanent indoor displays by internationally recognized artists and a visible storage research center. Contemporary artists throughout the country serve as instructors and artists in residence in Brookgreen’s sculpture studio each year.
Brookgreen maintains an archive, collections, and exhibits about lowcountry history and history of the property, including that of the Gullah Geechee people. Programs about regional history include the history of the property, including the residents of the four rice plantations once located on the property and heritage breeds of the plantation era, and the Huntingtons’ development of the property and founders of the non-profit organization.
Brookgreen’s Lowcountry Zoo features native species in natural habitats. As an AZA accredited zoo, Brookgreen provides education and leads conservation initiatives related to the non-releasable animals who serve as ambassadors for their species and connect visitors with the natural world.
Duties & Responsibilities
Duties and Responsibilities:
• General horticulture tasks include but are not limited to: planting, pruning, weeding, watering, fertilizing, and turf upkeep
• Undertaking of a garden project from inception to completion
• Working with volunteers
• Operating and using light duty work vehicles
• Training, operating, and using small power equipment (i.e. backpack blowers, weed-eaters, stick edgers, etc.)
• Attending regular progress meetings and professional development sessions
Education and Experience
Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university horticulture or related program, or have recently (within a year) graduated from one.
Applicants must be legally able to work in the United States. All applicants must be able to perform strenuous work in heat and humidity with exposure to biting and stinging insects and poison ivy. This is a paid internship of $13.00 an hour with an expected 37.5 hour work week. Applicant must be able to commit to interning for a 12 week period. Applicant is responsible for providing his or her own housing and transportation.
Brookgreen Gardens is committed to the principles of equal employment. We are committed to complying with all federal, state, and local laws providing equal employment opportunities, and all other employment laws and regulations. It is our intent to maintain a work environment which is free of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation because of age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed service member status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.
To apply, please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in this internship and your horticultural interests and goals, a résumé, unofficial transcript, and a completed Brookgreen Gardens Employment application. Please apply either by e-mail to Human Resources at Humanresources@Brookgreen.org, format documents as PDF files, and put the subject as “Horticulture Internship”, or by mail to:
P.O. Box 3368
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until March 27, 2024. Applicants will be notified by April 19, 2024 to the internship decision. Prior to beginning the internship, the selected applicants must successfully complete a drug and background screening.Application Deadline:
March 27, 2024