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Apply to our Horticultural Sciences College Internship!


This past fall, we ran into a familiar face at the Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks — Maurice Samuels, one of our former interns! Maurice was at the Institute to participate in our Community Parks Initiative Gardener Training. He was hired at Flushing Meadows Park and had been working in a park in Queens for about two years.

Maurice participated in two of our youth education and service programs in 2005, the Teen Docent Program and Summer Internship. Maurice grew up in Harlem and came to our programs to do something new, along with his friend Jaquon Singleton, who now also works in parks with Natural Resources Group. They first got involved in our Teen Docent Program (no longer active) and learned to give tours of the Park for school groups and the public, then participated in our Summer Internship for high school students.

Are you curious about an urban park management career like Maurice, at a park that receives over 40 million visits a year? Interested in horticulture, landscape design, or conservation? If so, and if you’re a current college student, our Horticultural Sciences College Internship is still accepting applications, until March 25!

From June 6 – August 11, interns will work side-by-side with Conservancy staff doing hands-on urban park management work. Multiple positions are available in Horticulture, Woodland, Landscape Architecture/Construction Management, Data, and Conservatory Garden. Details on each position are here (pdf).

Interns will also be able to attend on-the-job training run by Conservancy staff, learning about potential topics like soil prep and management, watering best practices, tree identification, and weed identification. In addition to skill-based work and training, interns will also gain a better understanding of their role in protecting living urban landscapes. Healthy cities need healthy parks and with more than half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas – a percentage that is steadily growing – it is crucial to understand the complexity of urban park management today.

Apply today! Applications will be accepted until March 25.