Horticulture Intern

Expected Dates
May 4, 2020 to November 1, 2020
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
Position ID
The Horticulturalist Intern will assist the park’s cultural landscape staff in all aspects of caring for the site’s historic cultural landscape.
The intern will work with a highly skilled team of landscape maintenance staff and will perform various duties in the upkeep and preservation of the exceptional gardens and grounds at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. The park includes 16 diverse historic structures with rich histories and unique architecture, and a cultural landscape including formal flower gardens, cutting gardens, water fountain gardens, rock gardens, hemlock hedges, specimen trees, shrubs, walkways, and Class “A” turf.

The park also includes a 500 acre historic forest with twenty miles of hiking trails and carriage roads. The intern will experience the full range of behind-the-scenes preservation and maintenance activities that are involved in managing a nationally significant historic landscape. The position will work with the park’s professional staff including the park’s horticulturists who will provide guidance, mentoring, training and supervision. The position may also require the intern to work independently on basic projects and assignments.

Projects and experiences: Once selected, you will become a member of our dynamic, skilled and motivated landscape maintenance team. Together we will harness the power of team-work, innovation, and perseverance, to care for this unique national park while demonstrating the best of sustainability practices and creating outstanding visitor experiences. Your primary duties will involve assisting our professional horticulturist in the performance of his work. Daily work is performed according to prescribed plans or specific directions including detailed methods and tools. Working with the park’s horticulturists, you will assist with:
the preservation of historically and or botanically significant plants
flower garden maintenance including planting, watering, dead heading, weeding, fertilizing, flower arraigning, assisting with bedding plant selection, and layout, and other spring, summer and fall maintenance tasks
hedge maintenance including pruning, mulching, fertilizing, watering, IPM, etc
shrub and vine maintenance including pruning, mulching, watering, fertilizing,
IPM, etc
Water garden maintenance
Estate tree maintenance including watering, mulching, fertilizing, IPM
Turf maintenance including fertilizing, watering, IPM
Assist the horticulturist with the diagnosis of plant nutrition and pest control deeds, fertilization and herbicides.
Trail and gravel road maintenance
Maintenance of small engine equipment
  • Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is located in the year-round resort community of Woodstock, Vermont – an area of great natural beauty alongside the Ottauquechee River in the foothills of the Green Mountains. The new park opened for the first time to visitors in 1998 and is the first unit of the National Park System to focus on the theme of conservation history and the changing nature of land stewardship in America. It manages and interprets the early 19th century Billings/Rockefeller mansion and grounds complex, as well as a 500-acre forest property on the slopes of Mount Tom where hiking, nature study, and cross-country skiing are popular with visitors. The climate is moderate in spring, summer, and fall seasons; winters may be harsh. A variety of local restaurants and groceries are located in the village of Woodstock and within a few miles radius of the park.
  • May attend workshops, lectures, and other programs related to conservation and stewardship in the Park.
    CPR, First Aid, Defensive Driving.
    Orientation about the park.
    Orientation to sustainability, and sustainability features and procedures in a park.
  • May attend workshops, lectures, and other programs related to conservation and stewardship in the Park.
    CPR, First Aid, Defensive Driving.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience
All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
some experience