Interns will gain knowledge of the native and non-native plants used in the landscaping and colonial gardens of our living-history museums, Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown by assisting the Grounds and Landscaping Specialist Leader. Interns will be involved in the planting, maintenance, care, and design of the grounds and the native American Indian and colonial gardens. Students may be asked to work on a special project, or are encouraged to pursue a related research project independently. Proper growing cycles and horticultural studies will be implemented during the course of the internship. Students will be required to work effectively in a team setting as well as independently to provide a quality visitor experience consistent with the Foundation’s mission.
Museum Services, Facilities Maintenance: Grounds and Landscaping. This intern could be deployed to all three facilities.
Desired Qualifications and/or Skills:
Good personal and public communication skills and the desire to learn. Students studying plant biology, horticulture, agriculture, ecology, or a similar degree would best benefit from this internship’s purpose. Must be able to tolerate all weather conditions, heavy physical work-load environment, and frequent exposure to insects. Must be able to comply with Foundation, State, and OSHA safety guidelines. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Must be available to work early morning shifts since most site work is done prior to open business hours.
Additional Training and Required Skills:
Training on how to operate and maintain tools, equipment, and vehicles used for related activities. Work in appropriate dress to be able to carry out assigned duties safely. Perform tasks in accordance with all safety guidelines and procedures. Trained and issued use of Personal Protective Equipment at all times. Throughout the course of the internship, students may be asked to complete plant identification and recall required caretaking procedures.