Summer 2023 Horticulture Internship at Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Moore Farms Botanical Garden, located in Lake City, SC, is excited to announce our 2023 summer internship program in horticulture.

This roughly 3 month internship is open to students in a 2 or 4 year degree program that are eligible to work in the United States. Interns will be compensated at a rate of $17.00/hr., and will be provided on site housing at no additional cost. Additional benefits include a work exchange program with Brookgreen Gardens and Charleston Parks Conservancy, and a multi-day trip to visit and tour other botanical gardens at a destination within the southeastern United States.

Interested students should send a resume, cover letter, and 3 references to Evan D. Cook ecook@moorefarmsbg.org, by March 5th.

For more information regarding the internship, please see the attached pdf, or visit our website at: https://moorefarmsbg.org/about-us/internships/. Feel free to reach out to me directly should you have any additional questions related to Moore Farms or the internship program. I would be more than happy to discuss further.

North Creek Nurseries Job Opening

Job Title:  Customer Service and Sales Support Manager

Job Summary:  Oversee customer relationships by supporting the sales and customer service teams. North Creek is dedicated to growing and selling plants that enhance sustainable outdoor environments while benefiting people and the planet.

Primary Responsibilities:  Supervise and manage day-to-day activities in all phases of customer service to ensure customer satisfaction.

Daily Activities:

  • Monitor and respond to email, phone inquiries and customer requests relating to inventory availability, new orders, order adjustments, updating customer contact and payment information; answer shipping questions; provide general plant information
  • Enter orders into software system; prepare order quotes
  • Solve order-related problems by seeking solutions with internal teams
  • Create and follow standard operating procedures, ensuring staff follow SOPs
  • Cross train all areas of department operations within sales and customer service
  • Learn staff abilities and strengths to distribute workload among team members, maximizing efficiency and engagement
  • Collaborate with shipping department to find best options for product transport
  • Learn about and participate in the production planning process
  • Collaborate with marketing department to target promotions
  • Website: supervise daily availability updates
  • Coordinate shipments to Canadian and US customers that require USDA inspection
  • Train, coach, and recruit future customer service employees
  • Participate in industry trade events and visit customers when possible

Required Knowledge / Skills:

Passion for customer service and satisfaction

Patience, compassion, and empathy

Willing to learn customized computer software

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Time management skills

Decision making skills to resolve customer issues in a timely, professional manner

Competency with Microsoft 365

Plant knowledge and experience in the horticulture industry required

Company Culture:  North Creek strives to promote sustainable outdoor environments. As a wholesale plant propagation nursery, we specialize in growing starter plants / plugs of perennials, ornamental grasses, ferns, vines, and shrubs with an emphasis on Eastern US native plants. Our plants are used by wholesale growers and landscape contractors. Our vision is to be a leader in the development and practice of sustainable horticultural systems while delighting our customers.

www.northcreeknurseries.com

Position Type:  Full-time with average of 40 hours per week. Must be willing to work additional hours as needed to accomplish goals and objectives.

Send resume to HR Manager at employment@northcreeknurseries.com

Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture: Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

2022 Fred Winter Memorial Scholarship winners Faith Mitchell and Rebecca Cornish are pictured with Mrs. Barbara Winter, Dr. Carl Brown, and their instructor Carl Bower of the Pa. College of Technology in Williamsport.

The Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture is now accepting applications for two $1700 Fred Winter 2023 Memorial Scholarships.

Applications must be filled out and submitted by April 1, 2023.  Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be a full-time student in Horticulture or related field such as Landscape Architecture or Environmental Science.
  • Applicant must be a Junior or Senior and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Applicant must be a resident or student from Pennsylvania or adjourning states of Delaware, Maryland, or New Jersey.
  • Applicant must express and interest in either post graduate education or taking employment in the horticultural industry or related field.

Apply using this form.

Maryland Grain Producers Scholarships

New this year, an array of scholarships and areas of study are available to students attending a 2-year institution or 4-year college. Below you can understand the three different scholarship opportunities and requirements needed to complete the online application.

The online application is organized by the National Corn Growers Association. All identifying information will be redacted before our selection committee reviews and scores each application. Applications are due January 31, 2023. Winners will be selected by March 1, 2023, and will be announced at the Maryland Commodity Classic on July 29th. For questions please contact Jenell McHenry at jenell.mdag@gmail.com.

Scholarship information and the online applications can be found here.

Delaware State University Invites Applications for the Position of Research Technician in Plant Science


Small fruits breeding program is seeking a research technician to assist Dr. Latha Melmaiee’s research.This is a 100% grant funded position. The research Technician will help maintain strawberry andblueberry nursery in green house and fi eld plots, assist students and scientifi c staff in conductingexperiments, assist in basic molecular biology laboratory experiments, prepare reagents, place orders,and assist PI in everyday activities. The position also requires the individual to assist with student training,mentoring, data collection and report preparation. This position is funded for approximately 2-yearsdepending on job performance and funding.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
The following are the functions essential to perform this job:
1. Assist the program director with the funded projects and research activities both in the lab and fi eld.
2. Assist with student training and mentoring.
3. Assist the program director with data collection and analysis, reports, and publication.
4. Assist the program director with laboratory management.
5. Assist PI in ordering consumables and reagents, following up with invoice payments and other administrative activities.
6. The individual should have the capacity to understand scientific experiments.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1. Must have a valid Driver License and should be able to drive to off campus research site.
2. knowledge and interest in growing and maintain plants
3. Must have knowledge/experience in data collection from experimental plants
4. Able to prepare basic buffers and reagents for laboratory experiments
5. Knowledge and experience in basic molecular biology techniques such as extracting nucleic acidsfrom plant samples, conducting PCR, gel electrophoresis etc.,
6. Must have effective networking, oral communication, and writing skills.
7. Must have proven ability in technical skills required to conduct independent research.
8. Must be self-motivated with a proven ability to work both independently and as a team member.
9. Must have proven ability to work successfully with diverse students and faculty.


QUALIFICATION STANDARDS:
The successful candidate must have a Batcheler degree or associate degree majoring in plant science,Horticultural Science or life sciences from a fully accredited institution. Having a work experience,internship in the relevant fi eld is a plus.


PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:
The criteria for evaluation in this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the DSU Fundamentals.
  2. Able to assist in conducting experiments in the greenhouse, lab and in field
  3. Assist PI in purchasing reagents, lab consumables and maintain inventory
  4. Assist students with their experiments as needed for day-to-day activities
  5. This individual should assist PI in plant breeding programs and record keeping.

Applications may be filed online at the following link: https://www.desu.edu/about/administration/human-resources

Mt Cuba Center Internships

Mt. Cuba Center’s Internship Program is designed to:

  • Provide valuable skills, education, and experience that will help interns in their future professional endeavors.
  • Connect interns with professionals in the field for networking and mentorship opportunities.
  • Encourage and enable interns to pursue careers in conservation, public horticulture, or the nonprofit and cultural sectors.
  • Create responsible environmental stewards and advocates for native plants and plant conservation.

Application deadline is February 8, 2023.  To apply, please choose which internship below best suits you, then click “Learn More” to complete the application.

Mt. Cuba Center is committed to diversity and inclusivity and encourages qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply.

Visit this link for more information and to apply.

AmericanHort HortScholar Program Accepting Applications

The HortScholar program is a unique experience designed to help create long-lasting industry connections, find future jobs and internships, and experience some of the most exciting aspects of the industry.

HortScholars will spend several days on-site at Cultivate’23 in Columbus, Ohio volunteering with set up, learning, and networking. They attend facilitated meetings with industry leaders, learn in education sessions, present on a horticulture topic of their choice, and network at various social events.

HortScholars also receive an all-access pass to Cultivate’23 and a one-year student membership with AmericanHort. Oh, and did we mention that AmericanHort covers the costs?*  

Applications are due February 1.

Who is Eligible?
The HortScholars program exists to identify and invest in the emerging leaders of the horticulture industry. The program is open to any student currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program with a strong interest in horticulture.