UDBG Summer Internships

The Parvis Family Summer Internship at the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens (UDBG) offers undergraduates, eager to learn about plants, the environment, their management, and horticulture, an opportunity to receive valuable hands-on learning experiences by working in the botanic gardens. The Parvis Family Summer Intern will work alongside UDBG horticulture staff and volunteers in all phases of public garden maintenance and development, receiving hands-on opportunities related to horticulture, public gardening and landscape design. The intern may also be involved in special projects such as accession records, garden inventories, plant signage, marketing, web site projects or photography. Training sessions, public educational programs, and field trips are also offered to help broaden the intern’s horticultural horizon.

The Lafferty Family Garden Internship Fund at UDBG offers an undergraduate student selected from applicants across the U.S. eager to learn about plants, the environment, their management, and horticulture. It is an opportunity to receive valuable hands-on learning experiences by working in the botanic. The Lafferty Family Garden Intern will work alongside UDBG horticulture staff and volunteers in all phases of public garden maintenance and development, receiving hands-on opportunities related to horticulture, public gardening and landscape design. The intern may also be involved in special projects such as accession records, garden inventories, plant signage, marketing, website projects, or photography. Training sessions, public educational programs, and field trips are also offered to help broaden the intern’s horticultural horizon.

Recipients of the endowed internships will receive unique opportunities to attend professional meetings, travel to nearby gardens or participate in special projects. Additionally, those who qualify, a housing assistance stipend of $1500 will be provided for those who qualify. Please contact Andrew Adams at aadamsud@udel.edu or 302-831-0909 if you have questions or wish to apply.

Summer Internship with the Delaware Forest Service

The Delaware Forest Service is hiring a summer intern. Don’t miss out on this valuable experience of continued hands-on learning about trees and forest health during the 16-week internship beginning May 15, 2019. Having experience in woody plant identification preferred. The ideal candidate will be able to work in both urban and rural forests and will have strong organizational skills and a solid work ethic. Send your resume and cover letter to:

Bill Seybold
Forest Health Specialist
Delaware Forest Service
2320 South DuPont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
302-698-4553
william.seybold@delaware.gov

Horticulture Scholarships Available


The Pennsylvania Heartland Unit of The Herb Society of America, a group dedicated to studying and actively sharing horticulture history and exploring herb use, is pleased to offer two scholarships this year.  The Unit will be awarding two $1,500.00  scholarships.  These scholarships will be awarded to two students active within the field of horticulture or a related study.  They will be awarded to students living in the Heartland area, which includes: Berks, Montgomery, Chester, York, Schuylkill, Lancaster, Columbia, Lehigh and Lebanon counties.  Applicants must be third or fourth year students in the study of horticulture or a related field.

The criteria for the scholarship are as follows:

    • Full time student entering his/her sophomore, junior or senior year in horticulture or related fields which include agricultural sciences, botany, agronomy, environmental sciences and sustainability studies, consideration will also be given to a full time graduate student.
    • Two references: one college advisor or professor, and one person of student’s choice. It is the applicant’s responsibility to send in the references with application.
    • The most current official college transcript must be sent with the application. In lieu of available grades, Masters Students must provide proof of enrollment. If available most currant transcript from that program should be provided.
    • Essay: Why did you choose the field of horticulture or related field and what do you plan to do with your education in the future?
    • Applicants may reapply the following year.

All applications must be received by April 1, 2019.

Visit our Heartland Unit website at: www.PAHeartlandHSA.org

Volunteer Position with Iron Hill Park

Park Hikes

For nearly a decade, Friends of Iron Hill Park has sponsored a popular guided Iron Hill Park Hike. In 2018 that fell on the second Saturday of every month, April through November.

As of the last hike of 2018, and after many years of splendid service, our Park Hike leaders (Pat and Lorraine Fett) retired. They’ll be sorely missed.
The Friends are now actively recruiting new hike leadership. This involves mainly planning and conducting hikes in Iron Hill Park, for those scheduled dates (or the day of month could readily be changed). Hikers generally meet at 9:00 a.m., and hikes last about an hour.

For more information, please contact Whit Knopf, at whitknopf@gmail.com, or 302 738 5529.
The Friends are open to creative suggestions for continuing these successful hikes, and for recruiting new leadership. Even if you aren’t a candidate yourself, we’d like to have any tips or leads you can offer.
We want to be in business again by April 2019.