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Collections Management Intern

Attain valuable experience with BG-BASE™ and BG-MAP, the computerized plant record-keeping and mapping systems used at Mt. Cuba Center. Become proficient in botanical nomenclature verification which is a crucial skill set required by all professional gardens and arboreta. Learn accurate plant record keeping practices and curatorial techniques such as inventorying, labeling and mapping. 

Greenhouse/ Research Intern

Acquire expertise in greenhouse production while becoming knowledgeable about our Plant Evaluation and Introductions Program. Staff will share propagation, maintenance and production techniques for woody and herbaceous plants collected from the Eastern United States. These plants are grown for use in our garden and research programs. The intern will also assist work in the trial garden assessing native plants for their garden and ecological use and collecting this data for future evaluation publications or possible introductions.

Naturalistic Gardens Interns

Work side-by-side with our knowledgeable horticulturists to learn the design intricacies of naturalistic gardens and sustainable practices of ecological horticulture. There are three Naturalistic Gardens internships available, one for each area listed below. Please choose one of the following internships.

Ponds and Dogwood Path - Learn sustainable management strategies used in mature naturalistic gardens. Gain knowledge of native plants and their cultural requirements including specific plants of the Sphagnum Bog, Trillium Garden, Moss Bank, Woodland and Pond Edge. Participate in the design and arrangement of naturalistic plantings and be taught weed identification.

Woods Path and Rock Outcrop - From shade to sun — work in two gardens at extremes. Receive training in the cultivation of native shade plantings, find out how to use them in woodland layering, and study principles and practices of Integrated Pest Management. Broaden your knowledge and understanding of heat and drought tolerant native plants suited to the xeric landscape.

Meadow - Support the creation of sunny meadow and woodland edge garden displays while receiving training in the planting and maintenance of these native forbs and grasses. Learn about the native wildflowers and grasses used in our meadow and the wildlife that depends on them.

Formal Gardens and Entrance Landscape Intern

Experience two distinct perspectives of native plant gardening with an opportunity to study garden maintenance techniques using native plants in both naturalistic and formal designs. The Formal Gardens surround the Main House and showcase native flora and other historical non-native plantings in a traditional setting. In the Entrance Landscape explore the use of naturalistic gardening techniques to create a positive first impression and enhance the quality of the visitor’s experience.

Natural Lands Intern

Expand your proficiency in natural land stewardship techniques by utilizing invasive plant suppression principles and assisting with habitat preservation and restoration. Monitor flora and fauna native to the Delaware Piedmont Region and work alongside natural resources professionals and scientists conducting research in our natural lands.