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Horticulture Internship. Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.
Fall Spring
Date inactive: 4/15/2013

Horticulture Internship. Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.   http://www.turpentinecreek.org/index.php/opportunities/internships-a-volunteers

The Horticulture Intern will assist with the maintenance and improvement of the landscaped areas of the Refuge, including the planting, pruning and watering of trees, shrubs and perennials, spreading mulch on landscaped areas, labeling of plant displays, mowing; weed, undergrowth and plant litter removal. Also, responsible for the identification and removal of toxic plants; as well as the development of browse for environmental enrichment. This internship requires the completion of an Independent Project developed under the guidance of the Intern supervisor and will coordinate volunteers in support of project goal. Must be able to lift 50+ lbs. Requires the completion of a Bachelor's Degree in Horticulture, Botany, or a related field involving horticultural and landscaping practices. One position is opened each internship. Internships run every six months.

Job Description:  Responsible for the routine horticulture, landscaping, and grounds maintenance activities at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.
    Consults with Zoologist/Intern Supervisor regarding field changes and the implementation of landscape designs. Also, maintains general appearance of animal habitats as directed by Zoologists.
    Plans, evaluates, and directs horticultural and landscaping activities, including the selection of plants, seeds, chemicals, horticultural displays, materials and equipment.
    Diagnoses plant physiological problems caused by insects and diseases; develops and implements treatment plan. Identifies and removes toxic plants as needed from animal enclosures.
    Determines annual plant needs; purchases plants, fertilizers, chemicals and other supplies for specific projects.
    Provides technical information and answers questions regarding horticulture, landscaping, toxic plant life, and browse items for environmental enrichment for the animal collection.
    Coordinates and directs volunteer gardening group activities; provides technical assistance, supplies and materials and maintenance support services for horticulture projects.
    Operates automobiles service vehicles, and heavy equipment in the performance of essential job functions.
    This position would also require that as part of the daily landscaping duties an intern will have to develop, plan, and execute (on their own) a major landscaping project as a condition of their internship.

Compensation:  Weekly cash stipend for food.  Housing is provided on the refuge.  Amenities: Heat, A/C, utilities paid, full bath, kitchen, washer & dryer, satellite TV, free long distance, internet access.

Dates:  New Position begins: February 1
Deadline for fall internship applications: April 15
Deadline for spring internship applications: November 15

To Apply:  email: emily@turpentinecreek.org  OR

Send your cover letter and resume to:  Emily McCormack.  Volunteer program.  Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge,  239 Turpentine Creek Lane.  Eureka Springs, AR 72632