Internship Program

 

 

Internship Program

Birmingham Botanical Gardens offers a variety of internship opportunities to college and high school students throughout the year. The purpose is to expose young people to the possibilities of rewarding professional careers in public gardens. The Rotary Club of Shades Valley Summer Internship, now in its seventh year, is awarded annually to one college student. The Native Plant Internship, funded by the Little Garden Club, begins in the summer of 2014. One high school student is awarded an unpaid summer internship to work with other interns for a portion of the summer. Additional internships may be arranged by special requests from colleges, universities and high schools. In the summer of 2013, for example, an internship was funded by Birmingham-Southern College (BSC), with funding matched by private sources, for a student enrolled in BSC’s Urban Environmental Studies program. During the fall semester of 2013, three high school students from the Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School completed their weekly community service requirements by working in the pathology lab, the greenhouses and the education facilities of The Gardens.

Rotary Club of Shades Valley Internship

2017 Rotary Club of Shades Valley Intern John Robert Carter

The Rotary Club of Shades Valley (RCSV) is funding a summer internship in 2018 for the eleventh consecutive year at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, a City of Birmingham facility. The internship is an excellent opportunity for a full-time college student or recent graduate to learn skills in applied horticulture and to gain practical experience toward a career in public horticulture. The intern will be employed by Birmingham Botanical Society, Inc., dba Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, an education-based non-profit organization that has partnered with the city for over 50 years in the operation of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The intern will work under the supervision of a number of staff members of Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens (collectively, “Birmingham Botanical Gardens”) throughout the summer, but the principal contact will be the vice president of education at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

The internship is open to a rising junior or senior attending a four-year college or university full-time or to a recent graduate (within the last 12 months) of a two or four-year college. Preference will be given to students attending a college or university in Alabama, students who are Alabama residents attending an out of state college or university and students majoring in horticulture, landscape design, landscape architecture, biology, botany, ecology, plant science and environmental science or a closely related discipline. Past interns have continued their educations in graduate school or they have become employed full-time in areas related to their internships.

The internship will begin in May, 2018 (the start date will depend on the availability of the intern) and will last 10-12 weeks, for a maximum of 40 hours per week. Eight-hour days will be from 7 or 8 a.m. to 4 or 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with a non-paid hour break for lunch. Pay is fifteen dollars ($15) per hour for a maximum of $7,200 paid to the intern. Paid summer holidays, Memorial Day and Independence Day, will apply. Tools and rain and safety gear will be provided. The intern will be treated much as other employees, with the same expectations for proper dress, punctuality, work ethic and appropriate behavior, including safety awareness. The intern will attend a RCSV meeting in May, June and July and will be required to present a verbal summary of the internship experience accompanying a 15-minute slide presentation at a RCSV meeting in August.

Work and instruction will focus on disciplines central to public garden management and maintenance, including the principles of plant propagation, greenhouse and nursery production, planting, grounds maintenance, arboriculture, pest and weed management and the curatorial aspects of plant collections. Depending on the interests of the intern, work and instruction may include plant display design, library and archives, marketing, membership, fund raising, public relations, child and adult education, and visitor and volunteer programs. The intern will work in the various gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens: the Kaul Wildflower Garden, Hulsey Woods and Japanese Garden, Alabama Woodlands, Fern Glade, Iris and Lily Gardens, Rose Garden, Conservatory and greenhouses and in the administration building (Garden Center).

The intern may be asked to mentor a high school intern for a portion of the summer (up to 240 hours) to provide the intern with some supervisory experience. The management of high school intern, however, will ultimately be the responsibility of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The intern also will be given time to attend relevant local meetings, events, lectures and field trips with staff. The intern also may work on an on-going project of his or her interest. The 2012 intern, for example, researched the propagation of a rare endemic Alabama fern; the 2013 intern studied the effectiveness of planting native trees in local parks; the 2017 intern studied the effects of invasive plants on Alabama waterways. Time will be provided each week by Birmingham Botanical Gardens staff to instruct the intern on a tutorial basis.

Candidates must provide a 1-2 page resume, a statement in approximately 200 words of professional objectives regarding the internship and a reference from the candidate’s academic advisor (who is knowledgeable of his or her scholastic standing toward graduation) and are required to have proof of a valid driver’s license (exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis, for example, for disabled but otherwise qualified applicants). The internship is very competitive and candidates are encouraged to be thorough, detailed, grammatically accurate and concise with their applications. All materials must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, April 6, 2018. Materials may be submitted electronically or in hard copy. It is the candidate’s obligation to ensure the receipt of application materials by BBG by the deadline. Candidates may be asked to interview with representatives of Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens and the RCSV. A decision on the successful candidate will be made by 5 p.m., Monday, April 16, 2018.

Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens encourages any candidate who meets the qualifications above to apply. It is the policy of Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens to make all employment decisions including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, training, assignment, promotion, compensation, discipline and termination without unlawful regard for age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, orientation, disability, national origin, veteran status or exercising a protected right. Please note that candidates must be from Alabama and/or must have been enrolled in college in Alabama. Interns must be able to provide their own room and board and transportation.

Please send application materials or requests for more information to:

Brooke McMinn, Director of Education and Visitor Experience, Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

2612 Lane Park Road

Birmingham, AL 25223

205.414.3966 bmcminn@bbgardens.org

 


Louise Wrinkle Native Plant Internship

Funded by Little Garden Club of Birmingham

 

2017 Louise Wrinkle Native Plant Intern Katie Horton

The Little Garden Club of Birmingham, AL, is partnering with Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens to fund the Louise Agee Wrinkle Native Plant Internship in 2018 at Birmingham Botanical Gardens (BBG). The internship is an excellent opportunity for a full-time college student or recent graduate to learn skills in applied horticulture and to gain practical experience toward a career in public horticulture. The intern will work under the supervision of the Curator of the Kaul Wildflower Garden for the duration of the internship.

The internship is open to a rising junior or senior attending a four-year college or university full-time - or a recent graduate (within the last 12 months) of a two or four-year college. Preference will be given to students majoring in horticulture, landscape design, landscape architecture, biology, botany, ecology, plant science and environmental science or a closely related discipline. Exceptional recent high school graduates will be considered.

Starting and ending dates for this internship are flexible based on the availability of the intern; the program will last 12 consecutive weeks at 40 hours per week. Work days will normally be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with a non-paid hour break for lunch. Compensation is fifteen dollars ($15) per hour. The intern will participate in staff meetings, outings and paid holidays during their internship.

Work and instruction will center on the study and conservation of plants native to the southeastern United States and may focus on disciplines central to public garden management and maintenance, including the principles of plant propagation, greenhouse and nursery production, planting, grounds maintenance, arboriculture, pest and weed management, as well as the curatorial aspects of plant collections.

The intern will work with native plant collections in various gardens at BBG. The intern also will be given the opportunity to attend relevant local meetings, events, lectures and field trips with staff - and may work on an on-going project of his or her interest. Time will be provided each week for Birmingham Botanical Gardens staff to instruct the intern on a tutorial basis. Candidates must provide a 1-2 page resume, a statement of approximately 200 words outlining professional objectives regarding the internship, a reference from his or her academic advisor (who is knowledgeable of the candidate’s scholastic standing toward graduation) and are required to have proof of a valid driver’s license (exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis, for example, for disabled but otherwise qualified applicants). The internship is competitive and candidates are encouraged to be thorough, detailed, grammatically accurate and concise with their applications. All materials must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, March 16, 2018. Materials may be submitted electronically or in hard copy. It is the candidate’s obligation to ensure the receipt of application materials by Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens by the deadline.

Candidates may be asked to interview with representatives of Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. A decision on the successful candidate will be made by 5 p.m., Monday, March 26, 2018. If a suitable candidate is not selected by that date, applications will be accepted until one is.

Please send application materials or requests for more information to:

 

John Manion, Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator, Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

2612 Lane Park Road

Birmingham, AL 35223

jmanion@bbgardens.org


High School Internship Program

2016 & 2017 High School Intern Micah Bartlett

The high school summer internship is open to a rising junior or senior or to a recent (within the last 12 months) high school graduate. The internship is not paid, but is offered to provide experience and direction to a young person interested in a profession in or related to plant sciences. The internship is designed to be flexible to accommodate the variable vacation schedules of high school students. It will begin in May or June and will last through July or August. The start date will depend on the availability of the intern and on the start date of a college intern, with whom the high school intern will work much of the time. It will last between 6 and 8 weeks at 20 to 30 hours per week for a maximum of 120 to 240 hours per summer. Workdays will be 4 to 6-hours long, 2 – 4 days each week. Tools and rain and safety gear will be provided. The intern will be treated much like other employees, with the same expectations for proper dress, punctuality, work ethic and appropriate behavior, including safety awareness.

Work and instruction will focus on disciplines central to public garden management and maintenance, including the principles of plant propagation, greenhouse and nursery production, planting, grounds maintenance, arboriculture, pest and weed management and the curatorial aspects of plant collections as well as participation in the delivery of educational programs. The intern will work in the various gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens: the Kaul Wildflower Garden, Hulsey Woods and Japanese Garden, Alabama Woodlands, Fern Glade, Iris and Lily Gardens, Rose Garden, Conservatory and greenhouses and in the administration building (Garden Center). Time will be provided each week by Birmingham Botanical Gardens staff to instruct the intern on a tutorial basis. Candidates must provide a 1-2 page resume, a statement in approximately 200 words of professional objectives regarding the internship, a reference from the candidate’s academic advisor (who is knowledgeable of the his or her scholastic standing toward graduation).

Candidates are encouraged to be thorough, detailed, grammatically accurate and concise with their applications. All materials must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, April 6, 2017. Materials may be submitted electronically or in hard copy. It is the candidate’s obligation to ensure the receipt of application materials at Birmingham Botanical Gardens by the deadline. Candidates may be asked to interview with representatives of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. A decision on the successful candidate will be made by 5 p.m., Monday, April 16, 2018.

Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens encourages any candidate who meets the qualifications above to apply. It is the policy of Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens to make all employment decisions including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, training, assignment, promotion, compensation, discipline and termination without unlawful regard for age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, orientation, disability, national origin, veteran status or exercising a protected right. Please note that candidates must be from Alabama.

Please send application materials or requests for more information to:

Brooke McMinn, Director of Education and Visitor Experience, Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

2612 Lane Park Road

Birmingham, AL 25223

205.414.3914 bmcminn@bbgardens.org