Allerton Horticulture Internship - at Allerton Park in Monticello, IL (No Due Date)
The Allerton Horticulture Intern will receive hands-on training in many phases of garden management and development, by experiencing day-to-day operations on the grounds and formal gardens of the Allerton estate. Emphasis will be on learning practical horticultural knowledge and skills. Supervisory skills will be developed by the occasional direction of garden volunteer activities. Integrated Pest Management skills, arboricultural techniques, and skill in the use of different garden machinery will also be established. Special projects will be assigned to specifically enhance individual interests and abilities in garden and grounds management.
- Learn to identify weeds and implement control methods.
- Learn proper techniques involving planting and caring for diverse plantings of annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees.
- Take part in watering plants and containers on a rotating weekly schedule.
- Learn and apply best management practices for turf.
- Be involved with special events that take place throughout summer including: concerts, weddings, conferences, etc.
- Interact with park visitors, answer questions about plants and culture of the park.
- Learn to operate the following garden machinery:
- Small equipment operation – push mower, string trimmer, hedge trimmer, leaf blower, etc.
- Large equipment operation – riding mower, dump truck, tractor, etc.
- Arborist equipment operation – chainsaw, wood chipper
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Strong academic background in landscaping, horticulture, or related field.
- Ability and willingness to communicate with park visitors.
- Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
- Ability to work in varying weather conditions and perform physically demanding tasks, able to lift up to 50 lbs.
- Possess valid driver’s license and have transportation to the work site.
TO APPLY: please MAIL a letter of interest and a resume to
Peter Lichtenberger, Park Supervisor
Allerton Park and Retreat Center
515 Old Timber Rd.
Monticello, IL 61856