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Green Spring Gardens, Internships


Green Spring Gardens
Green Spring Gardens
4603 Green Spring Road
Alexandria, Virginia
703-642-5173

Green Spring Gardens provides a variety of intern opportunities for individuals seeking on-the-job experiences. Interns have the opportunity to apply traditional academic classroom learning to actual work experience in a unique setting that combines horticulture, history and education. Interns can choose from several positions that will develop personal and professional skills for future career development and placement.

Volunteer ApplicationAPPLY ONLINE NOW
Deadline Extended to March 25, 2014

For more information about this internship, please contact Mary Olien.

Thank you to the following organizations for their generous support of our internship program: Friends of Green Spring Gardens (FROGS), Virginia Native Plant Society – Potowmack Chapter, Azalea Society of Northern Virginia, ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program, North American Rock Garden Society – Potomac Valley Chapter, and the Friends of the White Garden.

Download a brochure for the intern program for a general description of the program or click on each internship below for more specific details.

Title: Horticultural Intern

Description: Green Spring Gardens is a 31-acre public garden with 1784 Historic House that offers 22 themed gardens for enjoyment, education and inspiration. The intern may be offered a project involving horticulture, curation, propagation, community horticulture or education that suits the mission and activities at Green Spring Gardens. Internship responsibilities include developing a project proposal, conducting project activities, garden maintenance, and presenting a written project report.

Requirements: Applicants must be enrolled in a two or four year horticulture, botany, environmental education or similar degree program.


Title: Native Plant Garden Intern

Description: The internship will focus on the Virginia Native Plant Garden and the adjacent riparian woodland. This garden has over 500 taxa and features areas with naturalistic design, as well as mixed borders in sun and shade. Potential projects include documenting the restoration strategy for a rare magnolia bog and developing interpretive signage for the natural areas. Internship responsibilities include developing a project proposal, conducting project activities, garden maintenance, and presenting a written and oral project report.

Requirements: Applicants must be enrolled in a two- or four-year horticulture, botany, environmental education or similar degree program.


Title: Horticultural Intern - Rock Garden

Description: The intern will assist with the maintenance and management and of the Rock Garden. The intern will develop his or her knowledge of rock garden plants, and will work with staff to identify a project to advance the species diversity in the Rock Garden. Internship responsibilities include developing a project proposal, conducting project activities including propagation, rock garden and other garden maintenance, and presenting a written report.

Requirements: Applicants must be enrolled in a two- or four-year horticulture, botany, environmental education or similar degree program.


Title: Horticultural Intern - White Gardens

Description: The John C. and Margaret K. White Gardens is a new public garden in Falls Church with an azalea, rhododendron and camellia collection established by John and Margaret White. The thirteen acre garden is under development. Internship activities will focus on mapping and labeling the existing trees and shrubs, and organizing and leading volunteers for monthly workdays. Knowledge of GIS/GPS-based mapping systems is desired, and experience working with volunteers will be beneficial. The internship will be based at Green Spring Gardens.

Requirements: Applicants must be enrolled in a two- or four-year horticulture, botany, environmental science or similar degree program.


Title: Children's Education Intern

Description: Green Spring Gardens offers a range of education programs for children and families. The intern will assist with planning and conducting plant-based nature programs for children and families; gardening and other light physical work; developing programs, lesson plans, and teaching aids; creating and maintaining interpretive exhibits; and administrative duties and special projects as assigned. Internship responsibilities include developing a project proposal, conducting project activities, garden maintenance, and presenting a written and oral project report.

Requirements: Applicants must be enrolled in a two- or four-year environmental education, horticulture, botany, or similar degree program.


Title: Historic Resources Intern

Description: The intern will assist in all operations of the Historic House (ca 1784), including interpretation of the house and its historic landscape for daily visitors. The internship will involve researching and documenting various aspects of the site's history and local history as it relates to Historic Green Spring. The intern will also assist in researching for and developing historical interpretive programs for the public, cataloging archival documents, and developing exhibits. Visits to other FCPA historic sites and meetings with collections management staff will enhance the experience. Internship responsibilities include developing a project proposal, conducting project activities, garden maintenance, and presenting a written and oral project report.

Requirements: Applicants must be enrolled in a two- or four-year history, museum studies or similar degree program.


Title: Farmers Market Intern

Description: Green Spring Gardens and the Fairfax County Farmers Markets (FCFM) invites qualified undergraduate students to apply for our 2014 summer internship program, made possible by ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program. 
Duties of the intern include: (1) Create attractive and informative SNAP display booths at the farmers; (2) Create and distribute flyers to partner organizations alerting SNAP recipients that they are able to shop at farmers markets using their SNAP benefits; (3) Field vendor questions concerning the SNAP program; (4) Work to find new potential partnerships and maintain/expand current partnerships in the community; and (5) Provide on-site support of the SNAP booth.

Requirements: Applicants must be enrolled in a two- or four-year college or university.

 


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