These positions are designed to provide experience in a broad range of horticultural skills through daily hands-on gardening tasks. One position is reserved for a non-plant science major (i.e. students not studying Plant Science, Crop and Soil Science, Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Breeding, or Plant Pathology).
Duties and Responsibilities
- Basic, recurring jobs include weeding, planting, mulching, watering, and brush clearing. Common tasks include preparing planting beds, pruning trees and shrubs, planting trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, dividing perennials, and operating a variety of hand tools and small power equipment.
- Based on needs and interns’ interests, work might include:
- Scouting plants for insects and diseases to assess overall plant health,
- Assisting with arboricultural activities involving instruction on climbing techniques,
- Assisting with landscape construction and stonework,
- Assisting with our plant records database, conducting surveying and mapping of plant collections.
- Assisting with current landscape design projects involving site planning, design, development and implementation.
- Ability to commit to the entire internship period,
- Currently enrolled or accepted Cornell University students
- Enthusiasm for the horticultural field,
- Ability to alternate between independent and group work,
- Ability and willingness to do repetitive tasks,
- Learn to follow proper safety protocol,
- Ability to move up to 50 pounds,
- Participate in weekly group intern activities as scheduled, and
- a valid driver’s license and 2-3 years driving experience preferred though not mandatory
This is a full-time, 12 week internship. Typical work hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Internships include “Learning Mondays,” group work days, and are required to capture their summer experience to share on the last day.