Horticulture Administration Intern
Interning at the Park in the Sky!
Friends of the High Line’s Internship Program is committed to finding New Yorkers with big dreams and cultivating them into future industry leaders. Through our immersive, intensive, and inclusive 14-week program, we offer interns the opportunity to apply their current industry skill-set in a real-world setting while mapping out their future through comprehensive workforce development services including: professional development, work readiness, network building, and career planning. But, wait! It doesn’t stop there. We continue to offer career support for 12 months following the program based around educational advancement, job search, and job placement within your respective industry. Interns will be a part of a robust community of emerging professionals who each contribute uniquely to Friends of the High Line. It is our goal to serve as an incubator for our next generation of leaders by leveraging our resources and influence as one of the top cultural destinations in the country.
What will you be doing?
The implementation and promotion of High Line Horticulture relies on a small, dedicated team interested in redefining the notions of public horticulture. As the Horticulture Administration Intern, you will work as part of a team while working independently to complete administrative tasks in support of the Horticulture Department. This role will have the opportunity to interface with the Horticulture Supervisors, Zone Gardeners, and various Park Operations staff as needed.
You will also be attending professional development workshops and networking events, have an opportunity to take paid certification courses, joining professional associations, creating your own long-term projects, and developing your employment portfolio. Special workforce development tasks and projects will arise as needed for your individual needs and growth.
You will be supported by the Learning and Development Manager and the Horticulture Manager.
- Assist with data collection from the gardens and represent it in visual/graphic forms
- Organize field data collected from the Horticulture and Park Operations staff
- Conduct plant-based research on industry best practices and trends
- Prepare materials for horticultural presentations, both internal and external
- Edit Plant of the Week blog posts
- Update and maintain photo database and plant records
- Track flower bloom times of various species in the park
- Assist with occasional special projects and events such as garden tours for the general public, seed collection and inventory coordination
Who are you?
- An up-and-comer interested in the horticulture, ecology, data, and/or public space administration field, looking to get your first real-world experience
- A champion and advocate for FHL’s mission, as well as the people who visit the High Line
- Possess a growth mindset with an openness to coaching and critical feedback
- A passionate and creative individual
- High school / HSE graduate
- Can work at least 25 hours per week (up to full-time)
- Can commit for the entire 14 weeks: September 10th - December 14th
- Priority given to residents of the High Line neighborhood (Chelsea/Hell’s Kitchen) and FHL’s Green Council, TACC, Teen Event Staff, and Participatory Budgeting Council Alumni
What are you good at?
- Extremely detail-oriented
- Strong spoken communications and the ability to frame and draft clear emails
- Basic level of computer and Internet literacy, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Suite as well as an aptitude for learning new computer applications
- Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
- A team player that is flexible and resourceful
- A sense of humor is always nice!
All interns under FHL's internship program are offered a $14 hourly wage for the entire length of the program. During the course of the program, FHL invests in professional development opportunities for all interns (including: courses, certifications, etc.) creating a robust intern compensation package.
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