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Historical Horticulture Internship

Hiring Organization: Plimoth Plantation
Employment type: Internship
Application Deadline: September 10, 2017
Job Location: Plymouth, MA

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Fall  2017

Historical Horticulture Internship



Plimoth Plantation’s internship in Historical Horticulture offers the opportunity to explore both 17th- and 21st-century plants and horticultural practices through practical, hands-on learning experiences. Interns learn how the Museum’s experienced horticultural staff combine historical research with practical skills and knowledge to create, maintain and preserve historical landscapes in a variety of settings around our Museum campus.


Position Summary:

This internship provides a unique educational experience in 17th-century horticulture focusing on both native and imported plants and their myriad uses in English/European and Native societies. The Historical Horticulture Intern will learn 17th-century organic gardening techniques and practice their 21st-century skills (including planting, pruning, weeding, watering, organic fertilizing, propagating, plant identification, and historic and modern plant usage) by working alongside the Horticulture Specialists in the Museum’s Living History exhibits. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in related educational programs, including workshops and weekly garden club meetings, as well as assist with the creation of a new digital plant database for use in training Museum staff. 




  • Assist with daily maintenance of gardens in the 17th-century English Village;
  • Engage and educate Museum guests about the plants and horticultural practices used historically by English colonists and Native Wampanoag communities;
  • Create plant database by digitizing assorted notes and research materials and photographing plants at various stages of development/cultivation;



The Historical Horticulture position is ideal for students who are studying horticulture, agriculture, botany, and/or public history. Please note that this position requires working outdoors in a wide variety of weather conditions and requires a degree of physical strength (lifting up to 50 lbs.) and stamina.


The successful candidate will have:

  • An interest in gardening, horticulture, agriculture, and/or public history;
  • Some experience in horticulture or a related field;
  • A basic understanding of gardening techniques and terminology;
  • A willingness to learn through participation and by asking questions to deepen understanding;
  • An outgoing personality with good communication skills;
  • The ability to climb, lift, carry, stoop, and stand for extended periods of time;
  • An interest in early colonial New England and/or historical horticulture a plus!



Length of Internship:

September 18 – November 9


Work Schedule:

Full-time (35 hours/week), flexible days and hours.

Part-time (minimum of 21 hours/week), flexible hours and days.

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