Intern - Historic Trades (Gardening)
Williamsburg, VA
Job Description

The garden internship is a ten-to-twelve week experience working with the Historic Trades department at Colonial Williamsburg at the Colonial Garden. The successful candidate will assist the full-time staff in the garden with the interpretation and demonstration of period appropriate plants, tools and cultural technique.

This is an interactive site where children perform many of the tasks in the garden and it will be the intern's responsibility to engage and interact with parents and their children. The intern will have the opportunity to learn about the trade of a professional 18th century gardener, develop trade skills, gain experience with public contact and service, and acquire insights about museum and living history careers. Internships require commitment to a 40-hour work week including weekends and holidays. Costumes will be provided and must be worn and maintained according to Colonial Williamsburg guidelines. Locating housing is the responsibility of the intern.

While internships are not offered for educational credit, we will work with individuals if their school has credited programs for which a Historic Trades internship might qualify.


  • Assists Historic Gardeners with the interpretation and demonstration of the gardener trade. Performs garden tasks, undertakes assigned research projects, and performs other duties related to the garden and garden shop operation as assigned.
  • Relates garden interpretation to Revolutionary City themes and provides outstanding customer service.
  • Follows safety and security procedures established for the site, tools, materials, and equipment.
  • Ensures that the safety and security procedures are followed in the absence of the supervisor and apprentice.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated interest in traditional trades with a focus on gardening skills and a desire to explore the possibilities of a career as a museum professional.
  • Good communication and guest service skills and the ability to work well as part of a team.
  • Aptitude to learn trade skills and ability to perform physically demanding tasks in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Adaptability to changing schedules, assignments, and special projects and programs.
  • Submit a written statement detailing the experience they hope to gain as a Colonial Williamsburg intern and what they hope to contribute to Gardener Trade interpretation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Enrollment or completion in an undergraduate program in American History or Biological Sciences with a preference for Plant and Soil Sciences.
  • Experience working as a gardener in ornamental horticulture, nursery or vegetable production.
  • Previous living history museum experience.
  • Familiarity with the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Trades program.

Job Type Internship