Horticulture Internship

Interns will work with staff in maintaining gardens around the aquarium and learning sustainable methodology and food systems.

Duties & Responsibilities:
• Demonstrate commitment to Shedd’s vision, mission and values.
• Exposure to a variety of environmental and agricultural issues through research and field experience.
• Ability to manage, organize and communicate various sustainable gardening practices through the building and to Shedd’s guests.
• Connections to other Shedd staff, interns and vendors through formal and informal trainings as well as mentorship opportunities.
• Garden work will be done as a team. Collaboration with Staff and Interns learning to plant, weed, water and otherwise maintain the aquarium's sustainable gardens.
• Other duties and projects as assigned. All Interns would be responsible for their own project and record keeping.

Potential Projects:
• Animal Foods Program – development of a harvest schedule and amounts for crops that provide enrichment to our animals. 
• Xeriscape, Dune & Wetland Gardens – Weekly maintenance.  Compiling a plant ID list.  Monitoring development.
• Square Foot Vegetable Garden – Intensive vegetable growing demonstration garden. This area is developed to show visitors the amount of produce that can be grown in a small area.
• Migratory Bird Garden - This 40,000 square foot garden provides habitat for migrating species on our building’s lakeside. New native plantings will be monitored, weeded and plant ID list compiled.
• Composting Display - This area will demonstrate different methods of composting for our visitors to experience. Vermicomposting and other methods will be employed and evaluated. Collect composting data on a day-to-day basis.

A desirable candidate must be able to multitask, work well with teams and independently as well as effectively manage his or her time. A candidate who is a self-starter and has an interest in botany, gardening, sustainability or conservation is preferred. 

Desired year in school: Junior or Senior in an undergraduate program.

Desired Majors: Horticulture, Agriculture, Sustainability, Conservation, Biology, Landscape Design or Architect

Time Commitment:  Minimum 21 hours per week broken into 3, 7 hourr days for a period of 8-12 weeks.   For training purposes, Wednesday availability is preferred. 

TO APPLY please submit the following materials to internship@sheddaquarium.org:

- Completed application
- A cover letter
- A resume outlining your academic and professional experience
- Two (2) letters of recommendation

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