Horticulture Intern

Horticulture Intern

Fearrington Village, located eight miles south of Chapel Hill, NC, offers an internship program for college students interested in hands-on experience in a renowned public garden. The intern will learn from one of the most experienced gardening teams anywhere, interact with staff from Fearrington businesses including the Inn, restaurants, shops and a spa, and experience a positive, team oriented culture.

Program Description

Having fun near the Knot Garden at the House

The internship experience is a flexible, hands-on experience in various aspects of horticulture. Depending on the needs of the department, the intern may primarily work with one gardener, rotate around the department. Responsibilities may include:

  • Daily tasks such as assisting with planting, watering, weeding, pruning, mulching, maintaining irrigation systems and overall garden maintenance.
  • The completion of an independent project, to be determined in coordination with staff, with the possibility of it being implemented in the gardens.
  • Travel with and learn from our gardeners as they visit destinations such as plant nurseries and other gardens.

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Must be currently enrolled in a graduate, undergraduate, or associate program at an accredited college or university. Coursework should include botany, horticulture, ecology, design, environmental studies or closely related areas. Must have a valid driver’s license and able to perform physical tasks outdoors in a range of weather conditions. Must be a self-starter, organized, team oriented and outgoing. Must appreciate the Fearrington gardening style – layered, artistic, focus on color and texture, and designed for year round appeal.

Compensation & Hours

The internship will pay $11/hour, 32-40 hours/week, for a period of 10-12 weeks. Intern must align schedule with department’s, adjusting as necessary depending on weather, events and workload. Fearrington does not provide onsite housing; however being near UNC-Chapel Hill, nearby summer sublet opportunities are easy to find.

To Apply

Please email a cover letter explaining interest in the position and resume to Greg Fitch. Letters of reference may be required. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

About The Gardens at Fearrington

The gardens are a signature feature of Fearrington Village for our guests and visitors. There are about 60 individual garden beds, several cutting beds, an herb garden, and four greenhouses on roughly 20 acres. A team of eight, including gardeners, groundskeeping and an arborist, maintain the gardens.

In 2012, Fearrington was selected from over 500 member properties worldwide to win the prestigious Garden Award from Relais & Chateaux. Our gardens have been featured in magazines such as Country Gardens and Our State. The gardens and the businesses in the Village Center are owned and managed by Fitch Creations, Inc., a family company.

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