2017 Apprentice Program

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Yew Dell Botanical Gardens Horticulture Apprenticeship Program - 2017

This program is designed to provide recent college graduates the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and

have exposure to all the workings of a public botanical garden. With more than 60 acres of gardens, arboretum

plantings, natural areas, greenhouse and nursery facilities, Yew Dell offers an excellent opportunity for

exploration of a wide diversity of experiences. The apprenticeship is designed to provide a springboard to a

creative and productive career in various horticultural fields.


The general framework of the program is to annually bring to Yew Dell, a contingent of energetic horticulture

students for a 1-year, fixed-length position. During that 12-month experience, the apprentices will operate as

regular full-time horticulture staff members. They will live on the grounds, work with and learn from Yew Dellís

staff of experienced horticulturists on garden maintenance, nursery and greenhouse production, event support

and other activities and attend professional meetings and other activities in order to help the apprentices

develop a professional network. Each apprentice will work with their supervisor to develop and complete an

independent project during the program. Independent projects can take a variety of forms from field research to

development of a particular expertise (grafting, irrigation design etc.), creation of educational materials, garden

construction etc. Applicants should have completed a 2 or 4-year academic program in horticulture or a related

field within the last 18 months.


Yew Dell Apprentices will work closely with Yew Dellís staff of horticulturists, development and marketing staff,

operations and office staff and event/program planners, providing exposure to all aspects of the organizationís

operations. During the length of the position, apprentices will live in on-site housing provided by Yew Dell

Botanical Gardens. Completion of a housing contract is required.


Apprentices are provided:

. Free housing including all utilities except telephone

. An hourly wage equal to the then prevailing federal minimum wage rate

. Access to Yew Dellís wifi network (in office and limited areas on the grounds)

. Yew Dell shirts to be worn during work hours

. Support for attendance at green industry conferences, programs and events

. Up to 4 weeks of unpaid leave during the 12-month apprenticeship


Apprentices are expected to:

. Complete the 12-month program

. Live in Yew Dell provided housing

. Provide appropriate transportation

. Work a regular work week

. Assist other Yew Dell staff with occasional program staffing outside normal work hours

. Complete an independent project (arranged with program supervisor) during the 12-month program


To Apply:

Submit application materials listed below to jobs@yewdellgardens.org

. Cover letter

. Resume

. Letter from academic advisor

Two letters of reference from former or current employers


The Institution:

Yew Dell, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation that was founded in 2001 to purchase and

develop into a public botanical garden, the former Theodore Klein Nursery, family farm and

homestead. The organization has grown to include a board of directors (21) full (6) and part-time

(9) staff, over 1400 members and 300 volunteers. Yew Dell offers extensive education programs

for audiences ranging from families and school groups to homeowners, avid amateurs and green-

industry professionals. The research program concentrates on collection and evaluation of plants

with potential for the region and breeding/selection of new plants for introduction to the

landscape industry. Yew Dell offers a year-long calendar of community events and rental

facilities for private events. The institutionís operating budget is supported by membership, facility

rentals, garden shop and event income, donations and foundation grants.


The Gardens:

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens occupies a 60-acre site which is comprised of approximately half

cultivated areas and half natural areas. The garden acreage covers the former Theodore Klein

Nursery, family farm and homestead which operated between 1941 and 1998. The site includes

extensive garden areas in varied styles, all operated as sites for evaluation of a wide variety of

garden plants.

The existing plant collection of approximately 12,000 specimens includes substantial collections of

Cercis, Ilex, Fagus, Magnolia, Viburnum, Helleborus, Hosta and Carex. The collection grows each

year through local/regional/international seed collection efforts, exchanges with collectors and

breeders throughout the world and exchanges with other botanical and conservation

organizations. The horticulture operation is supported by a small container and field nursery and

a newly constructed horticulture center featuring a fully solar/geothermal greenhouse with green

roof and refurbished headhouse that serves as the center of horticulture operations.

Yew Dellís site is adorned with a collection of unique historic buildings that were

designed and constructed by Theodore Klein and today serve to support the current institution. In

addition the grounds offer a collection of newly constructed, award-winning architectural projects

including visitor center/garden shop, event pavilion and education center.


Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is a preservation project of the Garden Conservancy, a national non-

profit dedicated to rescue and rehabilitation of Americaís best historic gardens. Yew Dell is also

listed on the National Register of Historic Places.