Natural Areas Internship

Natural Areas Internship

Purpose and Development Opportunities
Provide support to the Horticulture Department, while gaining knowledge of vegetation management and how it relates to natural resource management.  A large portion of this internship is focused around invasive plant control. You will be provided training in management techniques, equipment, chemicals, and plant identification all in the rich environment of a museum and public garden. There are roughly thirteen acres of Natural areas at Minnetrista all requiring unique management strategies.

You will work directly with the Minnetrista’s gardeners to gain hands-on experience maintaining Minnetrista’s natural areas.  This will include but not be limited to chemical applications, manual removal of invasive plants, native plant installation and various other natural areas related maintenance tasks.  In addition, you will also be assigned an independent project that will be completed during your internship.  The project will be determined based on your interests and our needs.  You will take part in Plant of the Week, a weekly walk where all participants share information about a plant that was researched.

Reporting Department
Horticulture Department

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

Length of Appointment
200 hour minimum

Time Commitment
20-40 hours per week preferred, other schedules may be considered (Monday – Friday 7am-3:40pm)

Project and time commitment based stipend

Essential duties and responsibilities
– Complete an independent project
– Learn and implement vegetation management techniques.
– Adhere to all safety policies and procedures
– Expand plant knowledge
– Give a presentation
– 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 the natural environment is a must.  Must have had course work in natural resource management and plant identification is beneficial. You must have an interest in having training on safe chemical usage. 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