• Horticulture Intern

    Job Locations US-OH-Dayton
    Seasonal, Full-Time
    Job Category
    Land Stewardship
  • Overview

    Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).



    Position Summary

    Audubon’s Wings internship program invites students and recent graduates to help shape a healthy environment and vibrant future for birds – and all of us who share the planet with them. 


    Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm is an education center and farm located in Dayton, Ohio. Our 200-acre sanctuary includes six miles of walking trails winding through prairie, woods, ponds, sustainable farmland and meadows and provides outstanding learning opportunities in a diverse and beautiful setting. Internships have been a part of our program since 1967.


    Interns are required to reside in on-site housing provided by Audubon as a condition of employment. Interns are sometimes given responsibilities outside of a 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. workday and living on-site will contribute to an overall experience and understanding of the daily requirements of running a nature center and farm. The intern house is fully furnished and each intern has their own bedroom and a shared living room, kitchen, dining room and bathroom. Interns are not charged rent to live in the intern house and utilities are covered by Aullwood. The intern house is located by the Nature Center.

    Essential Functions

    Horticulture interns learn how to build skills and knowledge that directly relate to maintaining landscapes around a farm and nature center, focusing primarily on daily maintenance and design of the flower and vegetable gardens and beds at Aullwood. The work schedule is 35 hours a week and includes some weekends.


    Dates of Employment: May 21 – August 17, 2018


    Horticulture interns will:

    • Plan, plant and care for an educational vegetable and flower gardens with input from Aullwood Education staff.
    • Water, prune, deadhead plants, weed, mulch, fertilize, mow, propagate plants, and conduct integrated pest management.
    • Care of various garden plots, flower pots, and window boxes at both the farm and center locations.
    • Assist with planting native wildflowers, shrubs and trees in collaboration with Aullwood’s Land Manager.
    • Help with the removal of non-native invasive species around the farm and nature center.
    • Assist with farm chores taking care of cows, horses, pigs, chickens, turkeys, etc.
    • Help support day to day routine operations of the Farm by cleaning stalls, maintaining barns, weed-whacking and helping with the overall upkeep of the farm.
    • Learn to perform water quality testing.
    • Assist with greeting visitors, taking admission for Aullwood property, answering phone calls and operating the front desk.
    • Assist with various assigned projects throughout the internship.
    • Reside in on-site housing provided by Audubon.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Have completed sophomore year of college majoring in horticulture or related field such as botany or landscape architecture.
    • Previous experience with gardening or landscaping work is strongly preferred.
    • Demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in horticulture or a related field.
    • Excellent ability to communicate and interact with the general public.
    • A valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record. It is strongly recommended that the Horticulture Intern have his/her own vehicle.
    • Must be able to sit, stand, kneel, bend, stoop, grab and reach on uneven work surfaces for extended periods of time.
    • Ability to transport oneself by foot over a variety of terrain that may be wet, slippery, uneven or rocky.
    • Capable of regularly lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs. for short periods of time.
    • Willing to operate hand and power tools and various herbicide applicators.
    • Ability and willingness to work outside in all weather conditions.
    • Be self-motivated, able to follow directions and work independently.
    • Willingness to work with all types of animals (large and small), as well as perform tasks for their care such as cleaning stalls of bedding and manure.


    Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
    Share on your newsfeed