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Walk Across Kentucky Internship

Lexington, KY 40507
Job Title Walk Across Kentucky Internship
Requisition Number DU07607
Department Name 81115:Arboretum
Work Location Lexington, KY
Salary Range $8.25-$10.00
Type of Position Student
Position Time Status Part-Time
Required Education

High School degree, current UK student

Required Related Experience

Basic knowledge of horticulture, botany, ecology, landscape architecture and/or natural resources preferred

  • Desire to work with native plants and ecological landscapes
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and cooperatively in a team environment, as well as independently
  • Strong work ethic
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, including basic PC skills and familiarity with MS Office
  • Demonstrated ability to interact positively with visitors and fellow staff members
Required License/Registration/Certification

Must be current UK student in good standing, pass background check and possess a valid driver’s license.

Physical Requirements
  • Ability to walk, reach, pull, push, grab, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and regularly lift and/or move up to 40lbs with proper tools
  • Willingness to learn to operate small equipment and gardening tools
  • Ability to work in challenging and adverse weather/environmental conditions, sometimes for extended periods of time
Shift

• Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week
• Some weekend work may be required, with advance notice
• 7:15 am – 4:00 pm
• Full-time for 10 weeks, starting in June
• Wage dependent on experience and level in school

Job Summary

The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky is a 100 acre greenspace located in the south section of The University of Kentucky campus. Our signature collection is the Walk Across Kentucky (WAKY), a representation of native plants and ecosystems showcasing the natural diversity of Kentucky, from the banks of the Mississippi River to the summit of the Cumberland Mountains.
The Native Plants Intern will work with the Curator and Native Plants Collection Manager, Emily Ellingson, and the Native Plants Team to maintain, develop and preserve the various represented Kentucky ecoregions, including oak-ash savannah, tallgrass prairies, and riparian zones. Focus will also be placed on restoration ecology in the Arboretum Woods, a 15 acre woodland representing one of the last forest remnants of the inner bluegrass. Interns will have the opportunity to create and complete an intern project based on their interests and the needs of The Arboretum. Individuals will also be given the opportunity to attend relevant events, educational classes and field trips with staff.
INTERNSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Performs seasonal landscape work including but not limited to: mowing, weeding, watering, mulching, pruning, planting, fertilizing, and other horticultural tasks
• Assists with curatorial activities including plant identification, documentation of plant records, and creating and maintaining plant labels
• Helps scout for pests and diseases
• Operates gardening tools and small equipment safely
• Works with volunteers
• Completes an intern project
• Attends relevant events, educational classes and field trips with staff
*Must adhere to current Covid-19 policies

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities
  • Basic knowledge of horticulture, botany, ecology, landscape architecture and/or natural resources preferred
  • Desire to work with native plants and ecological landscapes
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and cooperatively in a team environment, as well as independently
  • Strong work ethic
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, including basic PC skills and familiarity with MS Office
  • Demonstrated ability to interact positively with visitors and fellow staff members
Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? No
Preferred Education/Experience

Basic knowledge of horticulture, botany, ecology, landscape architecture and/or natural resources preferred

  • Desire to work with native plants and ecological landscapes
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and cooperatively in a team environment, as well as independently
  • Strong work ethic
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, including basic PC skills and familiarity with MS Office
  • Demonstrated ability to interact positively with visitors and fellow staff members
    *Must Provide three (3) references; Please include a University of Kentucky Landscape Architecture Faculty member as one of the three references.
Deadline to Apply 04/21/2021
University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posted: 2021-04-02 Expires: 2021-05-02

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