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Natural Lands Stewardship Intern

Winterthur Museum
Winterthur, Delaware, US
Closing date
Dec 14, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Land Management
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Job Description
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library encompasses an unrivaled museum of American decorative arts in its mansion and galleries and a magnificent 60-acre naturalistic garden-all set on 1,000 gorgeous acres.

Winterthur employs a wide array of positions in the areas of curatorial, horticulture, education, conservation, library, maintenance, marketing, development, technology, and administration.

At Winterthur, employment is more than just work. The Winterthur employee is offered a unique and rewarding experience that is rich in culture and natural beauty. Winterthur considers its employees and volunteers to be among its greatest assets and welcomes applications from candidates who will contribute their specific skills to its mission "to inspire, enlighten, and delight all of its visitors while preserving and enhancing [Winterthur]" and also uphold its core values of agility, excellence, innovation, integrity, inclusion, and transparency.


The Natural Lands Stewardship Intern will learn about and gain experience implementing proper land management practices while working closely with natural lands staff to preserve and maintain Winterthur's meadows, woodlands, waterways, and wildlife.

Compensation: $12.00/hour

Benefits: 403b with employer match for eligible employees; discounts in the museum store and cafe; free general admission for you and your immediate family members. Limited free housing is available on site.

Work Schedule: Approximately May 22, 2023 - August 11, 2023; Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 2:30 pm (35 hours/week plus optional 5 extra hours).

Application requires cover letter and resume - should you advance in the interview process, we will require a copy of your most recent transcript and two letters of recommendation.

Applications will be considered as they are received. Interviews and hiring will begin as soon as qualified applications are received and will close once a suitable candidate has been identified, with a final deadline of March 15th, 2023.

  • Natural Lands Management: Assist with environmental projects in meadows, woods, riparian areas, and streams and ponds, including management of wildlife and livestock. Activities will include identifying and removing invasive plants, maintaining native plants, enhancing habitat for native wildlife, maintaining trails, monitoring bird populations, and caring for Winterthur's herd of goats. Use of large equipment (mowers, tractors, backhoes), small/hand held equipment (string trimmers, leaf blowers, pruners, handsaws), and systemic herbicides.
  • Land Stewardship: Develop awareness of the principles of best management practices and how they shape Winterthur's philosophy towards environmental conservation.
  • Equipment Maintenance: Learn proper cleaning, sharpening, maintenance, and storage of job-related equipment.
  • Natural Resource Evaluation & Inventory: Document existing resources and explore new ones.
  • Continuing Education: Participate in a variety of trainings, plant identification classes, and field trips in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the wider field of public horticulture.


    Minimum Experience: Minimum of three months of practical, hands-on experience in environmental science, horticulture, or a related field. At minimum, an enrolled student or recent graduate of an accredited college or university. One semester of completed coursework in environmental science, horticulture, or a related field.

    Preferred Education: One year of practical, hands-on experience in environmental science or horticulture, with some time devoted to natural lands stewardship. Two years of completed coursework in environmental science, horticulture, or a related field is preferred with at least one semester of study in natural lands stewardship.

  • Ability to execute oral and written directions.
  • Basic knowledge of environmental terminology & practices.
  • Ability to express ideas clearly orally and in writing
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Working knowledge of computers and Microsoft systems

  • Essential Functions:
  • Ability to operate horticultural hand-tools and power equipment safely.
  • Valid driver's license and acceptable driving record.
  • Ability to work with manual shift vehicles/various large and small power equipment--mowers, backpack blower, weed eater, bobcat
  • Ability to stand, kneel, and bend for long periods of time.
  • Able to traverse uneven ground/inclines
  • Work outdoors in all temperatures/conditions and emergency situations
  • Exposure to biting insects, poison ivy, herbicides and fertilizers
  • Able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Have adequate hearing and sight in order to be aware of nearby guests and staff when the employee is using or is around equipment such as mowers, weed-eaters, blowers and sprayers.

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