Horticulture Internship


Horticulture Intern

Purpose and Development Opportunities
Provide support to the Horticulture Department, while gaining hands on experience working in our diverse public gardens. Increase your plant knowledge of perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs. Develop an understanding of the role of a public garden and the work involved in maintaining one.  Learn how to operate equipment used in garden maintenance.  Assist with the propagation, planting, and care of plant material that occurs on Minnetrista’s campus. Participant will also complete an independent project based on individual interest and Minnetrista’s needs.

Reporting Department
Horticulture Department

Reporting Supervisor and Training Provided By
Horticulture Manager, Fulltime Gardening staff

Length of Appointment
200 hours minimum, ideally beginning in August or September and ending in November or December.

Time Commitment
20-40 hours per week preferred, other schedules may be considered

Stipend upon completion of an internship project, amount based on project scope and hours worked

Essential duties and responsibilities
– Accomplish an independent project
– Learn and implement proper garden maintenance techniques
– Adhere to all safety policies and procedures
– Expand plant knowledge
– Other duties may be assigned

The requirements of the job include the ability to work outside in varying weather conditions, and to work independently.  An interest in horticulture and gardening is a must. Must be reliable and work well with both staff and volunteers.

Work Environment
The work environment is a typical office environment with a desk, computer, phone, and files; however, must be able to move about the entire Minnetrista 40-acre campus in all weather conditions. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

About Minnetrista
Minnetrista is a community gathering place that celebrates and explores the Ball Family Legacy in our region. Located in Muncie, Indiana along the White River, Minnetrista is a 40-acre campus that includes a museum center, 3 historic homes along the nationally registered Historic Minnetrista Boulevard, 20+ acres of gardens, and a 6-acre Nature Area. Minnetrista is the largest nonprofit cultural leader serving East Central Indiana with a staff of 52 FTEs.

Minnetrista is the home of the Ball Jar; a gathering place and catalyst for community engagement. We create shared experiences that connect people, leading to a better quality of life.

We envision a thriving community where people who call this region home take pride in its accomplishments and aspire to a brighter future.

Family & Relationships – Minnetrista treasures shared experiences. From our founders to our visitors, from our employees to our community partners and supporters, we champion the power of growing together.

Adaptability – Minnetrista creates experiences that reflect the organization yet anticipate the needs and exceed the expectations of our audience. As an organization, we are nimble and quick to respond to opportunities and challenges.

Stewardship – Following in our founders’ footsteps, we care for, preserve and protect that with which we have been entrusted so that those who follow us can continue the legacy. Minnetrista is a strong and sustainable asset that supports economic development for our community.

Entrepreneurship – Minnetrista embraces a culture of innovation and risk-taking that responds responsibly to opportunities that advance our vision, mission and strategic goals.

Learning – We celebrate learning experiences that are fun and engaging, encourage visitors to explore their world, and educate through discovery and play.


Contact: Mary Zwickl
1200 N. Minnetrista Parkway, Muncie, IN 47303
Phone: 765.287.3530
Email: mzwickl@minnetrista.net