The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens is a nationally significant property situated on the shores of Lake Sunapee located in Newbury, NH. The Fells (a Scottish term for “rocky upland pasture,”) was the home of John Milton Hay (1838-1905), one of NH’s most important historical figures. Hay served three U.S. Presidents and crafted significant foreign policies. Today The Fells owns and maintains 84 acres, including Hay’s late 19th century summer home, woodland trails and renowned gardens. Programs specializing in history, ecology, and the arts are provided year-round. Special events and exhibits are added to the cultural offerings in the summer and fall.

The Fells is seeking to fill the following positions:

Historic Landscape Preservation Internship

This internship is a hands-on opportunity to learn more about the preservation, development and day-to-day care of an historic public garden. Interns are also encouraged to take on a site-based project that advances The Fells position as it pertains to restoring the current condition and/or our understanding of the landscape and ecology of the property. In the past these projects have involved historical research, record keeping, field layout, plant identification, preparing presentation drawings, creating ecology-based interpretation for the trails, creating garden guides and landscape management plans. Each intern’s skill set and initiative combined with the needs of The Fells landscape inform what project(s) are taken on. Interns work closely with The Fells Landscape Director, landscape architect, Joseph Thompson, to determine the type and level of their involvement with the project(s).

Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to: typical garden and grounds maintenance (mowing, watering, weeding and pruning), planting in the gardens and nursery, working to control pests and plant diseases, working with and/or directing volunteers, and conducting garden tours and trail walks. Interns are occasionally asked to assist the site manager with special events on site.

The internship is for 12 weeks (approx. mid-May to mid-August) includes a stipend, as well as on-site housing.

Candidates should be able to work a full 40-hour week out of doors in all weather conditions, be willing and able to safely lift 50 pounds, and have a valid drivers license. Experience in landscape work – use of hand tools and machines (mower, tractor, string trimmer, chain saw, etc.) and a working knowledge of plants (woody, annual and/or perennial) is desirable, but training will be provided to the right candidate. Undergraduates studying horticulture, landscape architecture, public garden management, environmental studies and landscape maintenance are encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to Jthompson@thefells.org, attention Joseph Thompson.