Janet and Adolph Rosengarten Chanticleer Internship Program
Employment TypeInternship (Full-time)
The Janet and Adolph Rosengarten Chanticleer Internship is a 6–9-month opportunity for select individuals to intensively deepen their understanding of the art of horticulture. Chanticleer is a plant-driven, highly aesthetic 50-acre public garden with the unofficial motto, “beauty without bureaucracy”. Chanticleer is a small, lean organization that institutes high standards across the organization.
Chanticleer interns will work side by side alongside the Chanticleer Horticulture staff, who are the primary designers for their section. Emphasis on direct interaction between top management and garden staff is also extended to interns. In this hands-on experience, interns will also participate in weekly plant identification classes, monthly field trips, numerous professional events, and independent study in the garden.
Chanticleer is one of the newest and most visually exciting gardens in the Philadelphia area, known as America’s Garden Capital. A mile-long path meanders over 35 acres of themed areas featuring hardy and non-hardy perennials. The former Rosengarten estate opened to the public in 1993 and continues to evolve with contemporary design complementing historic terraces, sweeps of lawn, and magnificent trees. Chanticleer is a study of textures and forms, where foliage trumps flowers, the gardeners lead the design, and even the drinking fountains are sculptural. Learn more at chanticleergarden.org.
Duties & Responsibilities
By working alongside the Horticulture staff, the intern will advance their skills as well as contribute to the garden overall. Interns are treated as part of the garden staff. This is a 6–9-month position, beginning as early as March 4. The schedule is Monday – Friday, 7:30am-4pm & occasional weekend duties. The main focus of the internship is to gain hands-on horticultural maintenance experience, study plants, plant care, design and garden management. Interns will rotate through each section of the garden and perform duties specific to each area, observe the dynamic of the staff, garden guests, and managers, and they will interact with the Grounds Manager and Executive Director.
Education and Experience
The right candidate will have a passion for learning about the garden, horticulture, plants, and leadership. Practical experience in gardening required, formal training and education in horticulture is required. Candidates with a proficiency with plants and gardening tasks, and a demonstrated commitment to working in the field of horticulture are preferred.
Onsite shared housing is optional. The hourly rate is $16 for interns who live onsite, and $18 for interns who live offsite.
Applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Applications will be accepted until December 1st.
Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and at minimum one letter of recommendation. Your letter of interest should include: information about your professional goals, expectations of the internship, what dates you are available, and if you need housing.
E-mail your application materials to email@example.com,
or mail to Chanticleer Internship Program, 786 Church Road, Wayne Pennsylvania, 19087.
December 1, 2023