Paid Internship Positions

Winterthur offers a limited number of paid internships for undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students in art history/American decorative arts and horticulture.

The objective of the internship program is to offer practical training experience to individuals interested in pursuing careers in the arts, horticulture, or museum fields.  Interns work as part of a team and gain a broad understanding of how a particular department functions within the context of a major museum, library, and garden as well as specific skills related to a particular department's activities.

Internships may be paid or unpaid, but all internships provide students with a unique opportunity to participate in the ongoing work of the department, complete specific projects or portions of larger initiatives, and contribute to our mission.

The duration of an internship may be flexible and varies based on the position and/or need.

Unpaid internships may be available in the following departments: Curatorial, Education, Registration, Garden, Library/Archives, Conservation, Development, Special Events, Visitor Services, Finance, Facilities, and Information Technology.   Please visit our volunteer pages for more details..

 

Grounds Management Intern May-Aug 2020

JOB TITLE: Grounds Management Intern

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Grounds Management Intern will learn about and gain experience handling a range of mowers and turf situations. The intern will also assist with the maintenance of  the historic naturalistic design of the garden by learning and practicing good safety and excellent horticultural and turfgrass management techniques, e.g., fertilizing, planting, pruning, snow removal, leaf removal, mowing, spraying pesticides, mulching, weedeating, lawn aeration and seeding. The intern will also learn the cultural requirements and botanical nomenclature of the plants along with the design principles and environmental stewardship used in the Winterthur Garden.

Responsibilities:
1. Groundskeeping\Estate Maintenance – Assist in performing garden activities primarily working with the turf throughout the estate which includes but is not limited to the performance of all tasks necessary for good health and overall good appearance of the area i.e., mowing, weedeating, fertilizing.
2. Garden & Site Maintenance/Hardscape – Aid in performing work required on paths, roads, structure, signs, walls, benches, irrigation lines and vehicles, safely utilizing Winterthur’s Horticulture Department’s established procedures.  Assist as needed with the care of herbaceous perennials, shrubs and small trees; e.g., mulching, pruning, planting and weeding.
3. Training Participate in safety, equipment and maintenance training. e.g., Lyme disease, back safety and small equipment use videos, tree planting and pruning demonstrations, turf rejuvenation, irrigation systems
4. Aesthetic/Environmental Stewardship – Acquire an understanding of the history and design intent of the Winterthur Estate.  Develop awareness toward the principles of conservation, environmental management and land stewardship, and how these principles shape Winterthur’s landscape management philosophy.  Employ environmentally sound practices in the field of horticulture/turf grass management.
5. Events Preparation/Programming – Assist with short-term projects including the Kids Garden Program or work on large events associated with the Brown Horticulture Center.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

Minimum Experience: 6 months educational and/or field experience in the study of turf grass/horticulture or related field.
Preferred Experience: One year of practical, hands-on experience in environmental science or horticulture, with some time devoted to turf maintenance.

Minimum Education: Enrolled student or recent graduate of an accredited college or university with one semester of completed coursework in environmental science, horticulture, or a related field.
Preferred Education: Enrolled student or recent graduate of an accredited college or university with two years of completed coursework in environmental science, horticulture, or a related field.

1. Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record.
2. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
3. Ability to operate hand tools and power equipment safely (training provided).
4. Exposure to inclement weather, insects, poison ivy, and pesticides (personal safety training provided).

This is a paid internship. In addition, housing is provided on property.

Deadline for application is February 3, 2020.




Natural Lands Stewardship Intern May-Aug 2020

JOB TITLE: Natural Lands Stewardship Intern

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Natural Lands Stewardship Intern will learn about and gain experience implementing proper land management practices while working closely with natural lands staff to preserve and maintain Winterthur’s meadows, woodlands, waterways, and wildlife.
Responsibilities:
1. Natural Lands Maintenance: Assist with environmental projects in fields, woods, and streams and ponds, including management of wildlife and livestock. Activities will include removing invasive plants, maintaining trails, monitoring bird populations, and caring for Winterthur’s herd of goats.
2. Land Stewardship: Develop an awareness of the principles of conservation, environmental management, and land stewardship and how they shape Winterthur’s philosophy towards land management practices.
3. Equipment Maintenance: Learn proper cleaning, sharpening, maintenance, and storage of job-related equipment.
4. Land Resource Evaluation & Inventory: Document existing resources and explore new ones.
5. Continuing Education: Participate in a variety of trainings, plant identification classes, and field trips in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the wider field of public horticulture.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

Minimum Experience: Three months of practical, hands-on experience in environmental science, horticulture, or a related field.
Preferred Experience: One year of practical, hands-on experience in environmental science or horticulture, with some time devoted to natural lands stewardship.
Minimum Education: Enrolled student or recent graduate of an accredited college or university with one semester of completed coursework in environmental science, horticulture, or a related field.
Preferred Education: Enrolled student or recent graduate of an accredited college or university with two years of completed coursework in environmental science, horticulture, or a related field, with at least one semester of study in natural lands stewardship.
1. Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record.
2. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
3. Ability to operate hand tools and power equipment safely (training provided).
4. Exposure to inclement weather, insects, poison ivy, and pesticides (personal safety training provided).

This is a paid internship. In addition, housing is provided on the property.

The deadline for application is April 3, 2020.




Horticulture Intern May-Aug 2020

JOB TITLE: Horticulture Intern

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Horticulture Intern will learn and apply excellent horticultural techniques while working one-on-one with horticulture staff in order to preserve and maintain the historic design intent of the Winterthur Garden and Estate.
Responsibilities
1. Garden & Estate Maintenance: Assist with all tasks necessary for overall good appearance of an outdoor area and the good health of woody and herbaceous plants therein, including activities such as planting, pruning, fertilizing, mulching, weeding, and mowing.
2. Site Maintenance: Aid in performing work required on paths, roads, structures, signs, walls, benches, irrigation lines, and vehicles, safely utilizing established procedures.
3. Aesthetic & Environmental Stewardship: Acquire an understanding of the history and design intent of the Winterthur Garden and Estate. Develop an awareness of the principles of conservation, environmental management, and land stewardship and how they shape Winterthur’s philosophy towards horticultural practices.
4. Garden Programming: Take opportunities to assist with Winterthur’s children’s gardening program, weekly garden lecture series, and special garden events.
5. Continuing Education: Participate in a variety of trainings, plant identification classes, and field trips in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the wider field of public horticulture.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

Minimum Experience: Three months of practical, hands-on experience in horticulture or a related field.
Preferred Experience: One year of practical, hands-on experience in horticulture, with some time devoted to the maintenance of gardens.
Minimum Education: Enrolled student or recent graduate of an accredited college or university with one semester of completed coursework in horticulture or a related field.
Preferred Education: Enrolled student or recent graduate of an accredited college or university with two years of completed coursework in horticulture or a related field.
1. Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record.
2. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
3. Ability to operate hand tools and power equipment safely (training provided).
4. Exposure to inclement weather, insects, poison ivy, and pesticides (personal safety training provided).

This is a paid internship. In addition, housing is provided on the property.

The deadline for application is April 3, 2020.




Arboriculture Intern May – Aug 2020

JOB TITLE: Arboriculture Intern

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Arboriculture Intern will learn and apply fundamental arboricultural concepts and skills through active participation with Winterthur arborists in all aspects of tree care throughout the Winterthur property, including pruning, climbing, and proper equipment usage.
Responsibilities:
1. Tree Maintenance: Work with trees to ensure their health, safety, and overall good appearance within the Winterthur Estate (e.g., tree inspection, evaluation, tree pruning, cleanup, and ground support for climbers). Use appropriate equipment and methods to perform work on trees.
2. Equipment Maintenance: Learn proper cleaning, sharpening, maintenance, and storage of job-related equipment (e.g., chainsaws, chipper, and climbing and rigging gear).
3. Tree Evaluation/Inventory: Research and document tree problems or concerns. Maintain information on treatments performed on trees or relevant information in a computerized database (e.g., tree hazard assessments and tree condition information).
4. Land Stewardship: Develop an awareness of the principles of conservation, environmental management, and land stewardship and how they shape Winterthur’s philosophy towards arboricultural practices.
5. Continuing Education: Participate in a variety of trainings, plant identification classes, and field trips in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the wider field of public horticulture.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

Minimum Experience: Three months of practical, hands-on experience in horticulture or a related field.
Preferred Experience: One year of practical, hands-on experience in horticulture, with some time devoted to tree care.
Minimum Education: Enrolled student or recent graduate of an accredited college or university with one semester of completed coursework in horticulture or a related field.
Preferred Education: Enrolled student or recent graduate of an accredited college or university with two years of completed coursework in horticulture or a related field, with at least one semester of study in arboriculture.
1. Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record.
2. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
3. Ability to operate hand tools and power equipment safely (training provided).
4. Exposure to inclement weather, insects, poison ivy, and pesticides (personal safety training provided).

This is a paid internship. In addition, housing is provided on the property.

The deadline for application is April 3, 2020.




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