Orchard Garden & Herb Garden Intern

Internship Position Description

Orchard Garden & Herb Garden Intern

Purpose and Development Opportunities
Assist in the maintenance and interpretation of the Orchard Garden and Herb Garden at Minnetrista –  These gardens serve as a demonstration of techniques to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs in an urban or small setting. Expand your knowledge of food production, plant care, and interpretation by working in the garden and interacting and educating visitors. Take an integral role in the development of the garden by completing an independent project based on your learning interests and site needs. Projects could include implementing planting designs, creation of garden structures, community outreach efforts, and development of site management plans. Work with horticultural resources, landscape equipment, mentors, and peers to facilitate your project. Assist with leading and coordinating community outreach events as well.

Reporting Department
Horticulture Department

Reporting Supervisor and Training Provided By
Horticulture Manager, Horticulture Specialist

Length of Appointment
Minimum Three Months

Time Commitment

Minimum of 4 shifts per week at 4 hours per shift including weekends (200 hour minimum)


Stipend dependent on quality and scope of completed internship project

Essential duties and responsibilities
Perform maintenance including watering, weeding, planting, harvesting, and distributing produce
– Complete an independent project that enhances the positive impact of the garden
– Lead volunteers and community members on developing site
– Adhere to all safety policies and procedures
– Give a presentation at the conclusion of the internship
– 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. Strong preference for candidates with experience in agriculture, food production, and community outreach preferred. Must be reliable and work well with both staff and volunteers.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  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