College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

City of Hyattsville Intern Gardner

City of Hyattsville, Dept of Public Works  |  Posted: Jun 20 2014

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

A 20 hour a week non-paid position. The Intern Gardner will have the opportunity to work within the Department of Public Works in the City of Hyattsville, Maryland. Then Intern Gardner will work under the direct supervision of the Director of Public Works and the Park Maintenance Specialist. The City of Hyattsville maintains 11 public parks, garden beds at 4 public buildings an, 4 municipal parking lots as well as street plantings throughout the city. The City of Hyattsville’s adopted Sustainability Policy incorporates principles of sustainability and energy efficiency into all of its capital improvement projects, operations and resource use. The City has committed to conserving natural resources and pollution reduction in all project implementation including design, construction, operation, maintenance and the rehabilitation of public spaces.

Position Responsibilities:

The Intern Gardner would provide proper care and maintenance for flowers, shrubs and trees within 2.7 square miles of the city. The Intern Gardner will have the opportunity to participate in seasonal planting schedules. Responsibilities include but are not limited to weeding, mulching, fertilizing, pruning, dividing plants, planting, watering, plant documentation and other duties as assigned.


Any class level of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture, or Environmental Science major is encouraged to apply. A familiarity with sustainable gardening, tree care practices and/or tree and herbaceous plant identification a plus.
The ideal candidates will gain experience in all aspects of Urban Landscape Management, receive training on GIS mobile devices and participate in the documentation of the City’s tree canopy. The Intern Gardner will be trained in the identification and proper hand removal techniques of non-native invasive plants. The Intern Gardner may interface with and/or represent the City at county and state events.

Work is performed both in indoor and outdoor environments in a variety of weather conditions. Work requires skill in organizing, problem solving and handling multiple tasks at one time, ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner while maintaining a harmonious relationship with staff and the public. Requires carrying items less than 50 pounds including plant and tree materials, bags of mulch, soil, gravel and other equipment.

Application Instructions:

To Apply Contact: Colleen Aistis, Community Services Manager
4310 Gallatin Street
Hyattsville, MD
Tel 301-985-5057
Cell 240-832-6964

Position Closing Date:

Friday, July 11, 2014


Colleen Aistis
Phone: 301-985-5057

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