The Hamilton Educational Fellowship


The Hamilton Educational Fellowship provides an immersive educational experience for young professionals in pursuit of a career in the fields of horticulture, botany, biology, or environmental resource management.

Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens provides a rich and rewarding educational experience by immersing Fellows in the daily activities of growing and maintaining an arboretum. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work closely with both horticulture and administrative staff in numerous aspects of public garden management. Fellows will learn the Arboretum’s unique approach to gardening and naturalistic landscape design.

In addition to practical, horticultural experience, Fellows have the opportunity to learn volunteer management, plant propagation, greenhouse management, plant collections curation, and real estate maintenance. The Arboretum hosts numerous public programs throughout the year and Fellows are encouraged to participate by giving presentations, as well as leading garden tours and workshops.

Fellowship Candidates
Fellow candidates may be diverse in their educational backgrounds and future career goals. Candidates may apply if their career goals are in the fields of horticulture, botany, biology, or environmental resource management. Previous education or practical experience in horticulture is desirable but not mandatory in order to apply for the Fellowship.

Fellowship Term
The term of the Fellowship will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. After the first year, there will be an annual review and self-evaluation at which time a second year of the Fellowship may be granted. Completing two gardening seasons will help reinforce the educational experience. Fellows will have the opportunity to experience the full range of activities involved in maintaining a public garden through all four seasons.

Fellowship Duties and Responsibilities
Fellows assist in the numerous activities required to maintain the Arboretum & Gardens on a year-round basis. Duties will not involve hazardous work, such as using chainsaws or climbing trees. Good health and the ability to perform physical duties will be required. Routine grounds keeping and horticultural duties will include planting, pruning, weeding, and mowing as well as assisting with non-routine duties such as snow removal and basic real estate maintenance.

Fellows will work closely with the Director of Horticulture/Curator of Plant Collections to design, initiate, and implement a special project in furtherance of the Arboretum’s mission. In addition, Fellows gain public speaking experience by developing and delivering educational presentations. Finally, Fellows will have an opportunity to develop leadership skills by assisting in the supervision of volunteers.

Fellowship Housing Benefit and Compensation
Residency at the Arboretum is a requirement of this Fellowship and duties will be full-time. Housing will be provided at no cost and will not be shared with other staff members. Fellows will receive a generous salary as well as medical insurance, retirement benefits, and a stipend to participate in professional development opportunities.

Application Procedure and Deadline

This position has been filled for 2019. Please contact in January to request an application for position start date in spring 2020.