The Hay Honey Farm Endowed Natural Lands Intern receives hands-on training in all phases of garden development and care of the Living Collection, primarily those plants located on the historic 65-acre Bloomfield Farm property. Bloomfield, a farm in name only, is a largely naturalistic landscape that includes cultivated gardens, research plots, meadows, floodplain, privately administered community gardens, woody plant nursery, Quercetum, green roofs, platinum LEED certified Horticulture Center, historic grist mill, and the Arboretum’s materials handling site. Emphasis is placed on refining practical horticultural skills and the safe use and care of small and large power equipment; supervisory skills are developed by directing the activities of volunteers and seasonal employees.
Additionally, a small percentage of time is spent in the Natural Areas of the public garden, which includes wetlands, meadows, and wooded areas featuring a deer exclosure and native plants.
The Natural Lands Internship is a hands-on program that assists in the care of maintenance of the Arboretum's extensive collection of accessioned plants. Year-round outdoor work is required. Spring through Fall, priorities include planting, mowing, weed control, watering, and protection of new plantings from deer. Winter tasks include pruning, brush clearing, meadow mowing, snow removal, and completion of an individual internship project.