Internship Position: Estate Garden and Landscape Maintenance
Objective: To expose the student to the many facets of professional estate gardening, grounds management, and public horticulture. To provide student with physical, hands-on experiences in horticulture, landscape, and turf.
Description: Draime Estate Gardens is a 10 acre private estate in Warren, Ohio, consisting of a collection of gardens, lawns, water features, sculptures, and hardscapes. Specific garden areas include the Japanese, orchestral, conifer, walled, rose, vegetable, chapel, Mossy Creek, and perennial gardens. Collections of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, bulbs, aquatics, tropical plants, and container plantings make the Draime Estate Gardens a unique horticultural oasis.
The estate gardens and grounds are available to select groups for educational, social, and cultural events. Groups include but are not limited to students, garden clubs, art groups, and civic organizations.
Work Schedule: Intern works up to 28 hours per week. Approximately 15 weeks from May through August. Some weekend and evening work will be required. General daily work schedule is 7:30am - 3:00pm.
Compensation: $10.00 per hour.
Duties: Assist staff in the maintenance of the gardens including planting, mulching, mowing, watering, pruning, propagating, weeding, deadheading, fertilizing, and pest control. Also, work with staff in maintaining water features, pathways, structures, and other hardscape elements. May also be opportunity for assisting staff with computerized plant records and mapping.
Prerequisites: Must be a Kent State University student in good standing; must be willing to work outdoors in various weather conditions; must be willing to perform physical tasks such as lifting landscape materials, pushing wheelbarrows, using gardening tools, operating power equipment. Must be able to work independently and within a team. Must have an energetic and enthusiastic attitude.
Application Deadline: To be determined for 2015.
To Apply: submit current resume and name and contact information for three references including address and phone to:
Draime Estate Gardens
Kent State University
8473 Hunters Trail SE
Warren, OH 44484
The Draime Estate Gardens
The Draime Estate Gardens internship program provides to Kent State students opportunities for practical knowledge through hands on working experiences.