The Hamilton Educational Fellowship

The purpose of the Jenkins Arboretum Hamilton Educational Fellowship is to provide a unique educational experience. Fellows will acquire specialized skills and practical knowledge that will help them as they pursue their career goals in the fields of horticulture, botany, biology, or environmental resource management.

Hamilton Educational Fellowship

The Dorrance H. Hamilton Educational Fellowship provides an immersive educational experience. Fellows will acquire specialized skills and practical knowledge that will benefit them in pursuit of a career in the fields of horticulture, botany, biology, or environmental resource management.

Jenkins Arboretum & Garden’s size allows for a rich and rewarding educational experience not often found at institutions of this caliber. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work closely with both horticulture and administrative staff in numerous aspects of public garden management. In addition to practical, horticultural experience, Fellows have the opportunity to learn volunteer management, plant propagation and greenhouse management, plant collections curation, and all facets of 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 and will be considered regardless of race, gender, or educational background. 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 either one or two years. 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 Obligations and Duties
Fellows assist in all of the numerous activities required to maintain the Arboretum & Gardens on a year-round basis. Duties will not involve hazardous work, such as using chain saws 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 to design, initiate, and implement a special project in furtherance of the Arboretum’s mission. In addition, Fellows gain experience in developing and delivering educational presentations to our volunteer group.

Finally, Fellows will have an opportunity to develop leadership skills by assisting in the supervision of volunteers. Volunteerism is an active component of all communities and volunteer management skills will always be beneficial.

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, but utility expenses will be the responsibility of the Fellow. Fellows will receive a generous salary as well as medical insurance, retirement benefits, and a stipend to participate in professional development opportunities.

Additional background Information
Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens is uniquely qualified to provide an exceptional educational opportunity in the following two specialties:

Native plants and naturalistic landscape design.
Fellows will learn the Arboretum’s unique approach to gardening, which can be termed environmental horticulture. Gardening in this ecological context is the best long-term strategy for stewardship, conservation and sustainable landscape design.

Rhododendrons, azaleas and related species
As a newly created public garden in 1976, the original “Master Plan for Development” specified and emphasized ericaceous plants in the scientific collections because of ecological considerations. Related ericaceous plants include mountain laurels, pieris, enkianthus, leucothoe, blueberries, and many others. Jenkins’ collections of both Rhododendrons and Kalmias are nationally accredited through the American Public Gardens Association’s Plant Collection Network.

The Mission and Vision of the Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens
The VISION of the Arboretum, as defined in the will of H. Lawrence Jenkins: The Arboretum is to be developed as a “Public Park, Arboretum and Wild Life Sanctuary for use by the public and responsible organizations engaged in the study and promotion of arboriculture, horticulture and wild life for educational and scientific purposes…”

The MISSION of the Arboretum, as defined by the Board of Directors: The mission of Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens is to preserve natural tranquil woodlands for community enjoyment, to showcase native plants and a world class collection of rhododendrons and azaleas, and to promote environmental horticulture through learning, research and conservation.

Application Procedure and Deadline
Please contact in January to request an application for position opening in Spring.