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Horticulture Intern (Philadelphia)

The Horticulture Associate (Intern) will work closely with the Olmsted Center’s Horticulturalist to assist national parks with research and horticultural and landscape management tasks. The Intern will build upon their landscape maintenance skills, including propagating, planting, mulching, watering, weeding, raking, and pruning under the mentorship of Olmsted Center staff.  

In addition, the Associate will contribute to curriculum development for the National Park Service’s Historic Landscape Preservation Skills education program and will help to grow the Olmsted Center’s historic plant propagation program.  Travel, fully subsidized, is required.

The Associate will gain experience in both hands-on landscape preservation skills and public park planning, providing the intern with the opportunity to learn about planning for the preservation and care of nationally significant historic sites. An engaging program of educational opportunities and field trips are offered as part of this experience. This internship is supported through a partnership with the National Council for Preservation Education.

For more information about the Olmsted Center’s internship program see the “Designing the Parks Internship Blog” at

About the Olmsted Center:
The National Park Service’s Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation, with offices in Boston, Philadelphia, and Richmond, Virginia works with national parks to manage cultural landscapes that reflect our national heritage. The Center provides research, planning, stewardship and education services to parks in the Northeast Region, from Maine to Virginia.

$15/hour + commuter stipend. 

The successful applicant will be:
In good academic standing, if in school
A U.S. citizen
Able to pass a Federal background check

The successful candidate will also demonstrate:
Education and/or experience in horticulture, landscape management, plant science, landscape architecture, or a related field
Interest or experience in American history or historic preservation
Ability to communicate effectively