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Beyond the Horticultural Sciences Department

Welcome to our Beyond Horticultural Sciences job listings. Here we list entry level job opportunities both full time as well as internship opportunities aimed at both undergraduates and graduate students. Our department has strong ties with industry leaders. They know we have excellent students and often turn to us first when they are looking to fill open positions.  We encourage you to explore these opportunities.


Current Student Internships:

Organization / Title Location Deadline
Paid Internship Opportunity - The Polly Hill Arboretum   West Tisbury, MA 1/23/2017
Paid Internship - The Morris Arboretum  Philadelphia, PA 2/15/2017
Paid internship with Rock Cobble Farm South Kent, CT 2/1/2017
Arnold Arboretum Boston, MA 2/10/2017
Siembra Farm Internship  Gainesville, FL N/A
Mechanical Intern -The Field and Fork Farm and Garden Program Gainesville, FL N/A
Big Island Farms Honokaa, Hawaii N/A
Volunteer Intern Oakland Park, FL N/A
Unpaid Internship Opportunity  Gainesville, FL N/A


BS Graduate Opportunities

Organization / Title Location Deadline
Assistant Nursery Manager Palm City, FL N/A
Course Superintendent, Gainesville Country Club Gainesville, FL N/A
Assistant Grower Ormond Beach, FL N/A
Estate Horticulturist – Nevis, West Indies Nevis Island, Caribbean N/A
Estate Horticulturist South Kent, Connecticut N/A
Irrigation Supervisor/Cutrale  Arcadia, FL N/A
Orchard Manager - Jubilee Orchards Tallahassee, Fl  N/A
Fresh Foods Quality ManagerAmazon Fresh Foods Vernon, CA N/A
Brooks Tropicals Pine Island, FL N/A
Sales Associate Jacksonville, FL N/A
Grower/Nursery Management Arcadia, FL/ Ft. Myers, FL N/A
Business partnership opportunity FL N/A
Agronomist Watsonville, CA N/A
R & D District Farm Manager Oxnard, CA N/A
Garden Curator Delray Beach, FL N/A
Organic Products/Programs Manager   Plant City, FL N/A


MS & PhD Graduate Opportunities

Title Location Deadline
Master Grower Boca Raton, FL N/A
Student Farm Director Davis, CA 2/21/2017
Agronomist Jacksonville, FL N/A
Organic Products/Programs Manager   Plant City, FL N/A



Unpaid Internship Opportunity – Florida Organic Growers is now accepting applications for their Internship program. The selected intern should be self-motivated, well organized and be a team player. The intern should have a passion for organic agriculture, fair/just food systems, community building and an interest in non-profit organizations.  The primary role of this intern will be to help administer the 2016-2017 Florida Organic Cost Share Program through outreach, communication with organic certifying agencies/producers and through application coordination and processing. Assistance with additional projects may also apply to this internship. Interns will receive one-on-one training and experience in an established, friendly non-profit setting. Other benefits include developing professional written/verbal communication skills and experience in project implementation and facilitation. Interns will work 10-12 hours a week and work June through December. Those interested should send a resume and cover letter to David Vaina at: david@foginfo.org.

Volunteer Intern – The Broward County Board of County Commissioners is seeking a Volunteer Intern for the Parks and Recreation Division. The intern will assist in the Parks Natural Resources and Land Management Section. Duties include: field work including plant and wildlife surveys, GPS data collection, report writing, data management and more! Specific duties include assisting with research and analysis, special projects, program and/or policy development. The position will also help with the preparation of project reports and related data. The intern will conduct special studies in conjunction with a project,  analyze the data and make recommendations based upon the studies. The position will help  provide information to the general public and other governmental agencies. Click here for the complete position description and for application information.

Big Island Farms Big Island Farms is now accepting application for its Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 internship program. The internships have three month and one month options. The Fall 2017 ten week internship starts September 11, 2017 and ends November 17, 2017. The ten week Spring 2018 internship begins January 15, 2018 and ends March 23, 2018. Interns will pick a project theme in one of the possible 4 programs offered. Interns will then make a proposal outlined with a budget and get the materials/tools needed need to complete a their project. Programs include the following: Farm to TableOutdoor Recreation and AdventureEcological Design and Organic Agriculture. Internships include living arrangements with WiFi, washer and dryer available, meals. The internship also includes weekly outdoor recreation including excursions to waterfalls, snorkeling, beach-hopping camping Etc. For more information see below and their website at: http://www.kawaiikalia.com/

Siembra Farm Internship - Siembra Farm is now accepting applications for two Spring 2017 internship positions. The start and end dates are flexible but the internships will run from January  through June.  The selected interns will work a minimum of 10 hours a week and interns will have a chance to gain real hands on experience on a organ CSA farm. Interns will also be able to receive free vegetables as well. Those interested should email Siembra Farm at: siembrafarm@gmail.com with their Name, contact information, relevant experience and a statement on why you want to work at Siembra Farm. Please click here to see the official internship announcement.

Paid Internships with the Arnold Arboretum - The Arnold Arboretum is now accepting applications for its Isabella Wells Hunnewell Internship Program. Internships can be in four different areas, Horticulture and Landscape Maintenance, Arboriculture, Plant Production or Collections Curation.  Interns will get real hands-on training, educational classes and will visit other botanical institutions. Interns are accepted for 12- to 14-week appointments (typically May through August) with the exception of a limited number of longer-term (18- to 24-week) appointments based on available funding.

Interns will work alongside professional staff in their host department and participate in instructional sessions across disciplines to develop a comprehensive sense of the Arboretum’s collections management practices. Field trips to other public gardens are offered throughout the summer to expose interns to the broader field of public horticulture and provide networking opportunities with professional staff at these institutions. Interns are encouraged to share their experience/knowledge and participate fully in the work of the institution. Interns will complete a capstone project as a group to address a real collections management issue and present their proposal to their peers and Arboretum staff. For more information visit their website at: http://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/education/collections-fellowships-and-internships/internships/. To apply visit: https://arboretumscholars.communityforce.com/Login.aspx

Paid internship with Rock Cobble Farm – Rock Cobble Farm is now accepting applications for Summer 2017 internships. Rock Cobble Farm is a 1200 acre private estate located in South Kent, Connecticut that is situated in the picturesque Litchfield Hills. The farm is comprised of sprawling woodlands, formal French style rose, cut flowers, vegetables/herb gardens bounded by boxwood and hornbeam hedges, extensive woodland garden, orchards, greenhouses, hay meadows and pastures, meandering stone walls, historic houses and barns.

Interns will gain experience in nearly all horticultural aspects of estate operation including: Plan installation and maintenance, IPM, Vegetable production, Cut flower production, Irrigation fertilization, Propagation, Arboriculture, Woodland management, Greenhouse maintenance, Turf management, Stone wall construction and  Beekeeping. Interns are expected to adhere to very high aesthetical standards in all areas and actively participate in all horticultural operations of the estate.  The internships run from May through August. Interns will work Mondays through Fridays from 8am – 4:30pm with some weekends necessary. Applicants should have the ability to use  horticultural tools and power equipment safely, have a basic knowledge of gardening techniques, be  industrious and self-motivated. Interns should have the ability to lift up to 40 lbs. Housing is provided on the estate and interns will receive a $560 weekly stipend. Those interested should email a resume and cover letter to Ron Wik at rcfgarden@ahboffice.com.  Click here to see the attached official Internship description.

Full time paid one year internships - The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is now accepting applications for 12 month long paid internships. Positions are available in the following areas: education, urban forestry, plant protection, plant propagation, arboriculture, botany, horticulture, natural lands and the rose and flower garden. Interns will work alongside experts in the public horticulture fieldand take two University of Pennsylvania courses, Understanding Plants" and "Evaluating Public Gardens." These courses are offered through the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. Interns receive academic credit for successfully completing these classes. Those interested should send a letter of intent, resume, transcripts and three letters of refferecence to Jan McFarlan. See below for the contact information. Please click here to see the official  announcement.

Jan McFarlan, Internship Coordinator
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
100 E. Northwestern Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118


Paid Internship Opportunity - The Polly Hill Arboretum on the island of Martha’s Vineyard is now accepting applications for its Curatorial Internship Program. The internship will focus on all aspects of curation and collections management.  Specific opportunities include documenting the living collection using BG-Base plant records software, plant labeling, plant verification, collection of herbarium specimens, mapping, hands-on maintenance of the living collection, plant propagation, greenhouse, nursery management and interacting/working with the public/volunteers. This is a nine-month, full time position paying $15.00/hour for a 35 hour week. The start date is flexible start date is flexible and housing is provided nearby at The Nature Conservancy’s 90 acre Hoft Farm.

Ideal candidates for this position will be a recent graduate of a four-year college horticulture, botany, environmental science, museum studies or closely related program.  Priority will be given to applicants with a strong interest in public horticulture and in the management and curation of woody plant collections. Those interested should send a cover letter, resume and a list of three references to Tim Boland at the below address. The deadline to apply is January 23, 2017.  

The Polly Hill Arboretum
Attention: Tim Boland
P.O. Box 561
809 State Road
West Tisbury, MA, 02575
e-mail: tim@pollyhillarboretum.org
(508) 693-9426

Mechanical Intern -The Field and Fork Farm and Garden Program is looking for a student to work 10-20 hours per week to do tractor work in the Teaching Farm fields and to conduct preventative and scheduled tractor and small engine maintenance and basic repairs on a variety of machinery. This position will be responsible for operating and maintaining a John Deere 5403 tractor; a Kubota BX2670 tractor; tractor attachments including bush hog, rototillers, disks, and no-till equipment; weed whackers, walk-behind rototillers and push mowers. The Field and Fork Farm and Gardens are a program of UF/IFAS CALS. All equipment is located at the Field and Fork Farm on IFAS Research Drive near Fifield Hall on campus. This position is available either as an hourly OPS position, federal work study position, or as a for-credit internship (contingent on approval by your major advisor). If you are interested, please email Sarah Bostick - sarahbostick@ufl.edu - for more information.​

BS Graduate Opportunities

Organic Products/Programs Manager - Terra Feed, LLC is now accepting applications for an Organic Products/Program Manager. The selected applicant should have a minimium of a Bachlors degree (a graduate degree is preferred) in agronomy with emphasis in Crop production, Soil Science or General Chemistry. The applicant should understand Soil Biological, Chemical and the Physical nature of soils. The canidate should have experience working with growers/companies that produce crops using organic cropping methods approved by the NOP. This position will also be involved in conventional crop production working with farmers that are migrating towards a less chemical approach to crop production. The successful person will manage the Organic Division of this company and begin its growth/expansion in the Organic Industry from the bottom up. Those intersted should send their resume and other information to:

Terra Feed, LLC
attn: Mr. Eddie Walpole, IV
402 N. Frontage Road
Plant City, FLA  33563
813-572-9700  Office phone​

Garden Curator – Palm Beach County is now accepting applications for A Garden Curator. The selected applicant will perform professional horticultural, Japanese landscaping, curatorial and cultural work. The Garden Curator will plan, direct and supervise the administrative operations/maintenance of the Morikami Museum Gardens. The position will also be responsible for supervising the museum's accreditation, planning, gardens, education, budget, collection development and fundraising. This work will be performed under the general direction of the Morikami Park Administrator and will be reviewed through periodic conferences, written reports and program evaluations. Please see the following link for the complete position description or to apply: http://pbcgov.com/OnlineApplication/Asps/App/ShowJobNotice.aspx?JobAnnouncementSeq=3950

RR &D District Farm Manager - Driscoll’s is now accepting applications for a R&D District Farm Manager in Oxnard, CA. The Farm Manager will develop and manage all aspects of farming for proprietary breeding test plots in the Oxnard District for all four of their berry products. This position is responsible for managing, planning, coordinating and implementing all work at these locations. This position will also accountable for the farming of all R&D Test Plots in the Oxnard District for all 4 berries, currently on 3 separate farms. The R&D District Farm Manager will have budget responsibility for these cost centers and manage the budget. The selected applicant will supervise four positions, the Administrative Assistant, Substrate Supervisor, Growing Technician, General Farming Supervisor and a Special Duties Worker. The position will also be responsible for approving all administrative paperwork for the farm ranch crews in regards to payroll, training, evaluations, promotions and terminations. The position will develop a farming “team” to facilitate better dialogue among the test plots and will ensure worker safety and the maintenance of equipment. To see the complete position description and to apply, click here.

Agronomist – Driscoll’s is now accepting applications for an Agronomist in Watsonville, CA. The position will work directly with growers/ranch managers to extend cultural practices and new technologies. The selected applicant will visit production fields to understand production methods, cycles and to support growers with technical advice. The position will monitor, evaluate and improve farming techniques of new cultivars at late stages prior to general farming release. Other duties include documenting new achievements, information on Best Management Practices, Production Guides of Commercial Varieties and contributing to other relevant extension documentation. This position will provide leadership for local agronomy issues and will identify district farming challenges/opportunities in collaboration with the Local Commercialization Team and growers. For more information and to apply, see the official position description click here

Business partnership opportunity – A business partnership opportunity is available with vegetable and herb production business. The selected candidate should have a degree in horticulture, able to create a business plan and be interested in starting a business partnership. Those interested should call Jim Lee at 860-961-4651 for more information.

Grower / Nursery Management – Sandhill Growers in Arcadia/Ft. Myers FL is now accepting applications for a grower position. The successful applicant will be responsible for the general production and maintenance of all crops. They individual will assist in the daily operations of the nursery including employee management. Specific duties include coordinating with crew leaders/employees to coordinate daily and weekly activities. The grower will assist with supervising/correcting all processes in planting, weed control, pest control, fertilizations, irrigation, monitoring and Etc. The position will plan/communicate a production schedule. The position will maintain quality control as top priority. The selected candidate will  be responsible for maintaining all paper work, chemical records and plant inventory. Please click here to see the official position description for more information and how to apply.

Sales Associate - Williams’ Plant Nursery, a wholesale and retail plant nursery located in Jacksonville, FL is looking for a Sales Associate.  Primary job responsibilities include managing large orders for our landscape contractors, ordering plant material from vendors, coordinating incoming and outgoing deliveries, and giving advice regarding plant material. The ideal candidate should have the ability to interact positively with customers, have knowledge of common ornamental plants/trees, have good communication skills, and have a strong work ethic. Compensation will be based on experience and qualifications. The position includes paid vacation, paid holidays, and 401(k) benefits.  To find out more about us, visit our website at www.williamsplantnursery.com.  Contact us at williamsplantnursery@gmail.com.

Job opportunity with Brooks Tropicals - Brooks Tropicals, LLC is now accepting applications for someone to looking to assist with various projects and functions for their tropical fruit growing operation in Pine Island, FL. Applicants should have a minimum of two years hands on production experience in Citrus/Vegetables or an internship in a related field the last two years of College. The candidate should also have experience in all aspects of the growing operation. This includes planting, growing, spraying, fertilizing, applying herbicide. The selected applicant will have experience with Global Food Safety, primarily Primus GFS 2.1 or other similar program. Bilingual (English/Spanish) candidates are preferred.  The selected applicant will train at the company headquarters in Homestead for 6 months to 1 year, then be transferred to the company’s West Coast FL operation located in the Fort Myers, FL area. Those Interested, should send their resume to Brittany@brookstropicals.com or fax to 305-242-7393. Please click here to see the official job description.

Fresh Foods Quality Manager - Amazon Fresh Foods is now accepting applications for a Fresh Foods Quality Manager. The selected candidate will develop and apply practices that promote quality of one or more of the following fresh food categories: Produce, Deli, Bakery, Prepared Meals, Meat, Fish and Floral. The quality of these items will be promoted by development and execution of processes around storage, handling, preparation, inspection and regulatory compliance of these items. These processes would encompass the entire supply chain of these items. The manager should be well versed in Amazon receiving, inventory and shipping procedures, proper sanitation, temperature control and removal methods. The manager should also be knowledgeable of Health Department requirements.  For more information and to apply, see the following link: https://www.amazon.jobs/en/jobs/433189.

Orchard Manager - Jubilee Orchards, a 50 acre organic transition blueberry orchard near Tallahassee, is looking for a full-time manager who will direct all plant health issues, including disease, pest, and weed programs. Experience in organic production and field work is preferred. Spanish language skills are helpful. Visit their website at www.jubileeorchards.comFor further information, contact Mr. Lawton “Bud” Chiles at Jubilee Orchards. 12008 Miccosukee Rd., Tallahassee, FL  32309. Email: bud@jubileeorchards.com

Irrigation Supervisor – Cutrale is now accepting applications for an Irrigation Supervisor. This position will track weather/environmental parameters such as rain occurrence, forecast, soil moisture and evapotranspiration to determine wether irrigate or not. The position will coordinate with the Water Supervisor regarding cold protection, including monitoring the temperature, starting engines when it is close to the critical temperature and stoping engines when it reaches a safe temperature. The Irrigation supervisor will assure that all of the system (above and below ground) is working properly, free of leaks and is distributing evenly the amount of water desired. The selected applicant will take care of all irrigation stations and assure the proper maintenance/operation of the engines, pumps and automation systems. The Irrigations supervisor will also report the flowmeter readings, engine worked hours and maintenance performed monthly. This position will also keep track of water quality before irrigating and submit samples for analysis when necessary. The position will schedule crews to check for leaks, malfunctioning microjets and the general operation of the irrigation system. The Irrigation Supervisor will also coordinate the operation of fertilization, starting with hand-applied fertilization and switch to fertirrigation when requesteded by the technical management. The position will write down prescriptions for fertilizer used in each application as well as material requisitions. Click here for more information and to see the official position description.

Assistant Nursery Manager Westwinds Nursery is now accepting applications for an Assistant Nursery Manager. The selected candidate will support the daily operations in the Ornamental plant Nursery in Palm City Florida. The successful applicant will be fluent in both English and Spanish. The manager will work and train with the General Manager. This position is responsible for the crews that do planting, production, maintenance and quality control for shipping. This position is also responsible for the recruiting and training of new hires. Salary depends on experience. Knowledge of industry not required, but would be beneficial. Those interested should email their resumes to Mr. Tim Dagg at: timd@westwindnursery.com


Course Superintendent, Gainesville Country Club The Gainesville Country Club is now accepting applications for a Course Superintendent. The selected applicant will oversee the maintenance/construction of the 18 hole golf course and ensure that turf grass is repaired/maintained to established standards. Specific duties include maintaining all grounds and course maintenance equipment. The Course Superintendent will supervise the operation of the equipment repair shop. Additionally the selected applicant will supervise all planting, fertilizing, care of turf, plants, shrubs, trees and other facilities on the golf course. Other duties include selecting and preparing proper fertilizers/nutrients. The position will also develop and maintain drainage, irrigation and watering systems. The Course Superintendent will prepare the annual budget for the department and take corrective action as necessary to help assure that budget goals are met. The Superintendent will implement and enforce a comprehensive safety program on the course for employees, members and guests in compliance with local, state and federal laws. The position will attend turf conferences, equipment shows, workshops and other educational programs to maintain up-to-date knowledge of technical/turf innovations or changes that could affect the department’s operations. For more information click here to see the official position description. To apply contact Mr. Michael Collins at: mcollins@browngolf.net


Assistant Grower Slingerlands Inc. in Ormond Beach FL, a bedding plant nursery (6 acres), established in 1946, is looking for a full time assistant grower. Job duties include spraying, growing crops and managing employees. A current pesticide license or ability to get one is required. Experience preferred. The position includes a hourly wage, overtime, vacation pay and bonuses. Those interested should send their resumes to Slingerlands Inc., Ormond Beach FL at: sling1946@cfl.rr.com.


Estate Horticulturist – Nevis, West Indies Rock Cobble Farm, a large estate in Nevis is seeking a Land Manager to oversee the development and maintenance of an expansive tropical landscape. Nevis is part of the St. Kitts and Nevis Federation in the Caribbean Sea. The successful applicant will work alongside the Horticultural Manager, leading Grounds Staff in the development and meticulous maintenance of the established landscape and natural areas. This includes plant and hardscape installation, irrigation, lawn care, fertilizing, overall plant health care, and spray applications. The owner has a passion for plants and is very involved in the development of the gardens and land. Specific responsibilities include directing a team of 15‐20 grounds staff, directing arboriculture staff, overseeing the mechanic and mechanical equipment, maintaining the highest horticultural standards and maintaining detailed records. For more information and to see the attached official position description, click here.



Estate Horticulturist Rock Cobble Farm in South Kent Connecticut is now accepting applications for an Estate Horticulturist. The successful applicant will maintain greenhouses and nursery plants including extensive tropical and temperate plant collections. Specific duties include propagating and maintaining a wide array of plant species. Growing plants for installation in gardens. Implementing an integrated pest management plan. Ensuring greenhouse areas are maintained and assisting with apiary maintenance. Applicants must have a minimum of a B.S. in Horticulture or a related field. Please click here to view the official position description and application information.



MS & PhD Graduate Opportunities


Organic Products/Programs Manager - Terra Feed, LLC is now accepting applications for an Organic Products/Program Manager. The selected applicant should have a minimium of a Bachlors degree (a graduate degree is preferred) in agronomy with emphasis in Crop production, Soil Science or General Chemistry. The applicant should understand Soil Biological, Chemical and the Physical nature of soils. The canidate should have experience working with growers/companies that produce crops using organic cropping methods approved by the NOP. This position will also be involved in conventional crop production working with farmers that are migrating towards a less chemical approach to crop production. The successful person will manage the Organic Division of this company and begin its growth/expansion in the Organic Industry from the bottom up. Those intersted should send their resume and other information to:

Terra Feed, LLC
attn: Mr. Eddie Walpole, IV
402 N. Frontage Road
Plant City, FLA  33563
813-572-9700  Office phone​

Agronomist - Congaree and Penn is now accepting applications for an Agronomist at their Jaconville, Florida farm. The applicant should have a Masters Degree or higher in Agronomy, Horticulture Sciences, Plant Pathology, or related discipline. The selected applicant will help manage an 1000 acre organic farm in Jacksonville, Florida. The company has been in business at the same location since 1985 and is transitioning from a landscape nursery to a working organic farm. The farm grows rice, grapes, mayhaws, olives, tomatoes, pecans, persimmons, blackberries and strawberries. They plan to start growing peppers, potatoes, satsuma oranges, avocados and flowers. The company is looking for a motivated person with practical experience. The starting salary is 60-70k commensurate with attitude, experience, grade point average in your field. Those intersted should  send their resumes to jeff@congareeandpenn.com.   

UC Davis Student Farm is seeking a new director -The Student Farm at UC Davis (SF) is seeking a new director to lead the continued development of the SF as a learning community where students from many disciplines work to create, maintain and explore sustainable food systems on a 20+ acre farm. A key component of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI), the SF has served UC Davis students and faculty and the public with educational, research, and outreach opportunities focused on sustainable agriculture and food systems for 40 years. Each year over 400 students engage in staff- and faculty-mentored experiential learning through which they come to understand sustainability through the soils, crops, climate, and community in which they work and within programs ranging from backyard garden scale to mechanized crop and compost production.

The SF Director provides intellectual, academic, and community leadership to the SF and has primary responsibility for overall vision and administration as well as the programs’ educational, research and public service functions.  The Director collaborates with staff and students to ensure the SF learning community collectively develops and achieves it short-term and long-term goals focused on just and sustainable agriculture and food systems, experiential learning, and student leadership and empowerment.  The deadline to apply is February 21st, 2017. See a full job description and apply for the position here.

Master Grower Organic Nutrition, LLC is now accepting applications for a Master Grower. The selected applicant will manage a large-scale hydroponics operation of over 8 acres of greenhouses. Specific duties include developing/maintaining growing protocols and nutrient regiments. Handling all aspects of greenhouse operations and crew. Assisting executive management with input on species selection. Managing plant scheduling/organization to precisely project all greenhouse needs on a daily, weekly and monthly basis to maintain maximum productivity while controlling expenses. Cataloging and analyzing each individual strain from clone to flower to harvesting. Cloning and managing vegetation with at least a 90% success rate. Executing preventative maintenance and elimination of all types of mold, powdery mildew, spider mites, root aphids, fungus gnats, etc. Click here for more information and to apply see the attached position description.



Plant City, FL