Variety Trials and Display Garden Internships

Hiring Organization: Pleasant View Gardens, Inc.
Employment type: Internship
Job Location: Loudon, NH
Application Deadline: April 30, 2019

Objective

Pleasant View Gardens is on the forefront of cutting edge innovations in floriculture products. Our Research & Development department connects with top industry breeders to identify and grow unique varieties of annuals, perennials, edible and fragrance plants. Our summer internship program will allow students to gain significant experience in variety trials and display garden operations. Interns will learn skills and techniques which will help them improve their understanding of research and development and build a foundation which will benefit them in their careers.  

What Interns will Experience

Our internship program has been designed to give students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the horticulture/agriculture industry; using hands-on, real-world applications and experience with new technologies that play a crucial role in our success. Below is a list of some of the things that interns will be able to experience during their time at Pleasant View Gardens:

  • Trial design and scheduling
    • Interns will assist in implementing the trial design and scheduling elements that make the trial successful
  • Trial code selection
    • Interns will have the opportunity to perform qualitative evaluation of trial codes, identify what makes a great garden plant, record observations, and learn how to manage a well-rounded product assortment
  • Landscape design, installation, and maintenance
    • Installing and maintaining a 3-acre display garden requires substantial planning and execution, during the internship students will work first hand with our the designer to bring the vision to life
  • Event preparation and hosting
    • During our annual events week interns will be present to help host our guests and highlight the effort and detail that goes into showcasing our product assortment to customers, gardeners, and industry professionals
  • Independent study
    • Each intern will have the opportunity to work with an R&D manager to help design, implement, and communicate results of a self-directed project

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Variety Trials
    • Field Trial Preparation – equipment and safety training, machine assisted pot-filling, container and in-ground field prep, fertilizer and drip irrigation principles
    • Field Trial Installation – plant genera identification, trial labeling, transplanting, establishment-phase growing, field organization
    • Field Trial Maintenance – pest/pathogen/weed management, fertilizer and drip irrigation maintenance, overall crop management techniques
    • Field Trial Evaluation – qualitative analysis of trial codes, photo documentation, greenhouse stock management, virus testing, propagation
  • Display Garden
    • Display Garden Preparation – greenhouse growing and organization, crop maintenance, garden design elements
    • Display Garden Installation – bed prep, planting timeline, transplanting, establishment growing, irrigation solutions
    • Display Garden Maintenance – pest/pathogen/weed management, drip irrigation maintenance, fertilization, pruning, primping
    • Display Garden Showcase – event hosting and customer interaction
  • Independent Studies
    • Trial Design – work together with R&D Manager(s) to design trial with specific goals
    • Trial Implementation – establish trial, communicate protocols with pertinent staff, determine critical data points and data collection techniques, collect data
    • Summarize and Present Results – Summarize findings, translate into relevant data, present to pertinent PVG staff in a structured manner that allows for decisions and/or action items based on results

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Broad knowledge and experience with horticulture/agriculture
  • Excellent skills in organization and communication
  • Demonstrated ability to be punctual and prepared to work
  • General knowledge of greenhouse and field operations a plus
  • Ability to be certified on heavy equipment including forklifts and tractors

Education, Certification and Experience Requirements

  • Enrolled at an accredited University or State College in a Horticulture or Agriculture focused degree (undergraduate or graduate) 

Competencies Required

  • Continuous improvement
  • Innovative
  • Honest/Ethical/Integrity
  • Quality Focused

Physical Demands

This position requires the employee to stand and walk for extended periods, sit occasionally and requires the ability to bend and lift when necessary.

Work Environment

Greenhouse and field environment.  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Feedback  

Reports routinely to the Research and Development Manager(s) on the status/progress of all projects.  All skills and experience are applied to successfully meet all Research and Development demands/necessities either through proactive/preventive measures and/or timely addressing of priorities.  Working with Research and Development Manager(s) to consistently explore cost saving measures regarding: meeting expectations of the position.  Maintain excellent attendance and a team player attitude.  Continue to strive to expand work skills and expertise.

To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to Adam Moseley at adamm@pwpvg.com to apply. For more information, please click here.

 

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