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Employment Opportunities

Fernwood encourages the submission of resumes by qualified applicants at any time.

Please send your cover letter and resume to the address below.

Email Address:

Mailing Address:

Human Resources Department
Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve
13988 Range Line Road
Niles, MI 49120


Internship in Horticulture and Landscape Management

Fernwood Botanical Garden
13988 Range Line Road
Niles, MI 49120

Horticulture Internship
Full-time seasonal

Job Description:
Applications are being accepted for Fernwood’s 11-week Horticulture and Landscape Management Internship. This paid position provides a unique opportunity for students to gain practical work experience and exposure to the world of public horticulture and various aspects of natural areas management while building a strong skillset for future employment in the field of public horticulture and land management. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in selected Fernwood programs and events as well as weekly tutorials in gardening techniques and plant collection management.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Perform various landscape and garden maintenance tasks such as but not limited to: general garden bed care, pruning, weeding, planting, mowing, mulching, watering, fertilizing, tree and shrub care, potting, label making and installation.
  • Implementation of invasive species control protocols throughout the preserve.
  • Trail maintenance such as sawing and removal of fallen tree limbs, chipping, setting posts and signage replacement and repair.
  • Coordinate weekly work activity with Manager of Collections & Grounds.

Assist with event planning and implementation.

Qualifications / Skills:

All interested students are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to those with the following:

  • Access to a car with a valid driver’s license.
  • Current enrollment in a college or university studying public garden management, horticulture, forestry, landscape management, landscape architecture, restoration ecology or related subject.
  • Interest and motivation to learn more about plants and the environment.

Compensation and Work Schedule:
Full-time temporary duration from May – September, 37.5 hours/week (flexible start and end time)

Application Instructions:
Applicants should complete the digital application (click here). The application includes the following:

Essay of Interest (approximately 200-250 words). The essay should address why you want to work at Fernwood, any previous and applicable job experience, what you hope to gain from your experience, and any other information you think we should know when considering you for a position. We recommend you compose your essay in a Word document first. Then, copy and paste it into the online form.

Other Information:
On-time and complete applications will be given preference over late or incomplete applications. Applications will be available online from the Fernwood web site beginning January 4, 2019. Candidates will be contacted for an interview.

For questions regarding the internship or application process, please contact Steve Bornell at sbornell@fernwoodbotanical.org or 269.695.6491 x216.

Events & Marketing Intern

Fernwood Botanical Garden
13988 Range Line Road
Niles, MI 49120

Events & Marketing Internship
Full-time seasonal

Job Description:
Primary Responsibilities:  
Event Planning–Work with Fernwood staff to plan and execute quality Fernwood events and programming.
Press Releases–Work with a Fernwood staff member on writing and distributing weekly press releases and creating specific press releases for special events, programs, exhibits as needed.
Event Promotion–Post Fernwood events, programs, exhibits on online community calendars. Distribute posters and newsletters to local establishments.

Secondary Responsibilities:  
Data Entry–Work with Fernwood staff on data entry tasks in Altru.
Day Trips–Assist in the logistics, planning, and execution of Fernwood coordinated day trips.
Marketing Calendar–Update and maintain.
Event Information–Respond to event information requests.

Garden Party–Assist in the organization, logistics, and implementation of Fernwood’s annual fundraiser. Manage the donation database for all incoming silent auction items. Work with the Garden Party planning committee.

Site Supervisor Contact Information:  
Meg Paulette
Marketing & Events Coordinator
13988 Range Line Road
Niles MI 49120

269.695.6491 ext. 211

Hours per week:  
20-30 (includes some nights and weekends)

Start Date:
May 1 (flexible)

End Date:
September 4 (flexible)


Qualifications / Skills:     
Intermediate Computer knowledge, specifically spreadsheets

* Customer Service experience
* Desire to learn new things
* Must be flexible as projects and priorities shift
* Be willing to work on a team as well as independently
* Be prepared to work in a fun, fast-paced environment
* Availability to work some nights and weekends

Application Instructions:
Applicants should complete the digital application (click here).