Horticultural Intern

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Start Date: May 22  Compensation: $640/weekly

Rock Cobble Farm is a large private estate situated in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut, encompassing an entire watershed, including multiple historic homes and barns. The farm cultivates a wide variety of fruits and vegetables grown in gardens, greenhouses, and orchards. The farm's output supplies a local farm-to-table restaurant year-round and a community farm stand in the summer. In addition to the farm’s agricultural objectives, there is an emphasis on fine-display gardening. 

The estate contains numerous formal gardens and extensive collections of flowering and rare plants, all meticulously cataloged and labeled, as well as rare varietals of produce, including:

  • Greenhouses with an extensive collection of orchids, rare and fragrant tropical plant species.
  • The Main House surrounded by formal French gardens of roses, herbs, and cut flowers bounded by trimmed boxwood, fruit espalier, Carpinus hedges, and pleached linden.
  • A sprawling Woodland Garden with many botanical gems and an extensive Magnolia collection. Cut flower production of Dahlias, Sweet Peas, Peonies, Lilies, and Bulbs.
  • A Monticello-inspired garden that produces a wide variety of vegetables and small fruits.

Over the course of the summer, Interns will have the opportunity to join a number of field trips to significant horticultural institutions and gain experience in nearly all horticultural aspects of estate operations, including:

  • Plant Installation and Maintenance
  • Vegetable Production
  • Plant Identification
  • Greenhouse Management
  • Arboriculture
  • Landscape and Turf Management
  • Floral Arrangement
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Fruits and Cut Flower Production
  • Pruning Techniques
  • Plant Propagation
  • Hardscaping
  • Ponds Maintenance
  • Farmers Market


Responsibilities of Horticulture Intern include vegetable and cut flower production, farm stand management, assisting horticulturists with regular maintenance, including weeding, plant propagation and installation, soil amendments, watering, pruning, grooming, preparing beds, mulching, pest
control, and other aspects of estate management which are subject to change at supervisor’s discretion.


  • Must be enrolled in a horticulture program or related field at a college/university level.
  • Ability to communicate respectfully to ensure a productive and harmonious environment.
  • Motivated and industrious.
  • Ability to use horticultural tools and power equipment safely.
  • Basic knowledge of gardening techniques.
  • Ability to lift 40lbs and tolerate exposure to inclement weather.

Additional Information

Housing is provided onsite

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to:


The application Deadline is February 3, 2023

Contact Information

Rock Cobble Farm
Contact Name: Emmanuel Akintayo
Email: rcfgardensupervisor@ahboffice.com
Phone: 2034564772