Brookwood Garden Intern

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Otsego Land Trust is hiring for the position of Brookwood Garden Intern. This is a paid internship opportunity for summer 2019 (length of time depends on the student/individual, typically May-August, or about 3 months in duration.) Otsego Land Trust owns the Brookwood Point property, on which there are historic cultivated gardens. The position would be responsible for maintaining and caring for the gardens as well as other general property management.


The Brookwood Garden Intern is primarily responsible for caring for the historically and culturally significant gardens of Brookwood Point. The Intern will assist in the management of the site’s trails and general site monitoring, the coordination of events held at Brookwood and interfacing with local organizations who have an interest pertaining to Brookwood. The Intern works closely with all members of our team, including staff and board members, and reports to the Stewardship Manager. The Intern interacts frequently with garden visitors, volunteers and service vendors. As do all members of OLT’s staff, the Intern pitches in with tasks outside his or her specific position requirements when the demands of a small organization require it.

Preferred Skills:

*OLT considers this internship an educational position. While we prefer a base of experience in the following, we intend to actively participate in the educational process that will facilitate an intern’s acquisition of these skills.

  • Knowledge of the plant species and cultural requirements of the plants in the gardens, including their nomenclature and taxonomy.
  • Use the proper organic gardening practices in keeping with the organization’s conservation ethics and values.
  • Have a basic knowledge of the principles of irrigation and how to apply them.
  • Knowledge how to manage an internet blog, specifically Word Press.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and positively with site vendors, visitors and volunteers.
  • Knowledge of light duty hardscape landscape construction and implementation.
  • Assist in the coordination of events held on site.
  • Ability to give public presentations about his/her work to inquiring groups.
  • Experience with composting.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in or have completed a formal horticultural education program.
  • At least one season of Horticultural/Landscape field work experience.
  • Proven ability to work productively and efficiently with little supervision in a fairly remote location.
  • Current driver’s license with acceptable record.
  • Physical endurance to work outdoors for extended periods of time, to tolerate all weather conditions and to lift 40+ pounds.
  • Willingness to follow safe work practices and work in areas with the potential for Lyme disease.
  • Strong commitment to conservation of biological diversity, working lands and natural areas.

This is a paid position.

For additional information, contact Marcie Foster: or (607) 547-2366. Resumes and cover letters may be sent to or to Otsego Land Trust, P.O. Box 173, Cooperstown, New York 13326. Applications must be received by April 1, 2019 for consideration.

Contact Information

Otsego Land Trust
Contact Name: Marcie Foster
Phone: (607) 547-2366