Dorothy Thorndike Botanic Gardens Internship
If you think plants are cool, and you like working on campus events such as the Mystical Tree Tour and the Greenhouse Light Show, this internship is for you! One internship is available for the academic year.
This internship was established in fond memory of Dorothy Dudley Thorndike DS ’75, to furtherthe impact of her passion for plants and nature on students and visitors to the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens.
2013 Summer Internships at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens:
Environmental Horticulture and Sustainable Agriculture
The Wellesley College Botanic Gardens, Regeneration and Wellesley Center for the Environment offer four introductory-level summer internships at the botanic gardens, including the edible ecosystem garden and the kitchen garden (which this year will focus on crops native to North America), and at the student farm (Regeneration). There also are two positions with somewhat more responsibility and compensation: a farm-manager-in-training, and an edible ecosystem manager.
Interns will work together on projects under the direction of Senior Horticulturist Tricia Diggins and a student farm manager. There will be a lot of outdoor work in often hot, muggy conditions – pulling weeds, mulching, watering, etc. – as well as workshops on such topics as plant identification, current vegetable crop techniques, composting and pruning. There also will be field trips to local farms, Western Massachusetts permaculture sites, and places of botanical interest.
The 10-week internships run from June 3 to August 9 (optional additional weeks available before and after), have a stipend of $2600, and include campus housing in the Sustainability Coop (SCoop). Regular work hours are Monday – Friday 7am to 4pm. The positions require a strong desire to work outdoors and to engage in hands-on learning about environmental horticulture and sustainable agriculture. Previous gardening or farming experience is a plus, and preference goes to first-year students, but any current Wellesley student with an enthusiasm for this kind of work is encouraged to apply.
The application period has closed for this year.