Stoneleigh Summer Horticulture Intern

Department  Stewardship

Reports to  Lead Horticulturist, Stoneleigh

FLSA  Non-exempt

Position Summary

Located in Villanova, PA, Stoneleigh: a natural garden is a 42-acre former private estate that opened as the Philadelphia area’s newest public garden in May of 2018. The Stoneleigh Summer Horticulture Internship is designed to provide interns with broad experience in the operation of a public garden, with a focus on ecological horticulture. The intern will assist in the creation and maintenance of garden landscapes and natural areas and will receive a behind-the-scenes look at public garden design and management. The intern will also be expected to complete a horticulture related independent project.

Primary Responsibilities and Opportunities for Learning

  • Under the guidance of the horticulture staff, perform general gardening duties such as pruning, planting, weeding, watering, mulching, mowing, and debris removal.
  • Receive training on the operation of heavy equipment including farm tractors, mini excavators, backhoes, commercial mowers, utility carts, as well as power tools such as chainsaws, blowers, string trimmers, hedge trimmers and other maintenance equipment.
  • Receive training on plant health care, including diagnosing pests and diseases, and ascertaining proper corrective measures. Apply appropriate pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers as needed.
  • Assist with public events, tours, educational programs, and membership activities.
  • Participate in the process of selecting, sourcing, procuring and purchasing plants, supplies and materials such as trees, shrubs, seeds, mulch, soil and garden tools and equipment.
  • Learn aspects of public garden management, including, guest relations, program development, maintenance and facilities, and curation and collections.
  • Learn principles of ecological horticulture and sustainable landscape management.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrate a passion for horticulture and/or the natural world.
  • No formal horticulture knowledge or experience is required.
  • Must be comfortable engaging with diverse audiences.
  • Highly motivated, responsible, reliable and dependable.
  • Must carry out tasks in a professional manner and have an aptitude for injecting positive energy and good humor into the workday.

Physical Requirements/ Working Conditions

  • Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and a good driving record.
  • Successfully pass a background check.
  • Must be able to walk, stand, bend and squat on uneven terrain; must be able to lift and carry up to 40 pounds and push up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be comfortable working from a ladder, lift and other high places.
  • Must be prepared to work outdoors under all conditions, including heat, cold, and with occasional exposure to poison ivy, biting and stinging insects, etc.
  • Must be available to work an occasional weekend, as needed to staff events.

To Apply

Click here to apply using our online application system. Follow the application instructions to submit your resume and letter of interest. Address correspondence to Jeni W. Albany, Director of Human Resources.