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Curatorial Internship 2019-2020, Friends of Jerusalem Botanical Gardens, Jerusalem, Israel

Interns at the JBG are fully integrated into the professional team of botanists and horticulturalists. They become are regarded as full members of staff in that they are expected to work independently, taking on substantial responsibility while still being guided and taught.

Interns are integrated into our small and dedicated team in two roles, either this one - Curatorial - or as a Nursery-Propagation intern.

Curatorship track, minimum 6 months

  Mapping and labeling

A short timeframe enables interns to complete a well-defined project in this field and there is relative flexibility in selecting the project(s) according to timeframes, the needs of the Gardens and the intern's interests and abilities.

o  Possible projects include (but are not limited to);  Mapping and labeling newly-planted beds, refreshing existing signs and labels around the Gardens, taking on a project of plant identification and phenology.

o  All projects include field work and work with the Gardens’ digital database.


Interns work directly with the Gardens curatorship coordinator and in contact with the head scientist but unlike in the gardening and propagation departments, work in the Curation Department offers relative flexibility in terms of hours and the interns are given the chance to manage their own time. However, with freedom comes responsibility and so high abilities and a strong work ethic are especially important. 

Required skills: Good knowledge of plants, attention to detail, responsible attitude, strong work ethics, good handwriting, computer skills, mapping experience – preferably with ArcMap.

Other components of the internship:

  Interns will be invited to learn from the staff at the JBG and share their own experience and interests in a more structured setting through monthly talks and tours during their stay.

  The opportunity to join research trips and visits to other gardens and growers in Israel as they present themselves.

  There may be opportunities to also work on some nursery-propagation department work as well.

  One half-day of study time a week to work on a research project and/ or to fulfil commitments to the sponsors of the internship.


The internship is a two-way commitment between the intern and the Gardens.  While the hope and intention is that both sides are completely satisfied, potential interns must be aware that tasks are fixed according to the Gardens’ needs.  These are affected by many factors and may require the internship plan to change, as may the intern's demonstrated expertise and abilities.


Interns are expected to commit to the following:

1.  Interns are given work which is essential to the Garden and they are expected to carry the work out demonstrating an appropriate sense of responsibility and commitment.

2.  Commitments to the sponsors: Interns are expected to provide:

a.  Once a week, to provide between 1-6 photographs via WhatsApp to the Friends’ Operations Manager, together with a sentence describing each picture.  These will be used by the UK Friends of JBG in its publications (which can be printed, online or social media);

b.  Every 3 months a longer report (approx. 2x A4 pages) on their internship, including what they have been working on, what they learned, other activities including social aspects.

c.  At the end of the internship and before leaving Israel, a final report, including photos, summarizing the full internship period which can be published by the UK Friends of JBG and a separate report for internal use detailing positive/negative aspects of the internship, with suggestions for any future improvements;

d.  An undertaking to give at least 2 illustrated talks to external audiences within the first 6 months of their return to raise awareness of the internship scheme and the work of the JBG

3.  Primarily the objective of the internship is to allow young horticulturalists to gain hands-on experience in a garden operating in a different set of circumstances – from the climate to the culture. Interns are expected to keep an open mind to learn and experience all that they can from the work and from life in Jerusalem. We believe that such an internship can prove a significant addition to a young horticulturalist's CV, enriching it with experience in a botanical garden operating in conditions radically different in every way to those they may have encountered previously.


How to apply

Applicants should obtain an application form from  The form can be completed online and submitted electronically.  A covering letter explaining the applicant’s interest and suitability for the particular internship should also be sent.  Applications should be submitted by 30 May. 

The Curatorial track internship usually begins in September/October each year (depending on the timing of the Jewish High Holydays). 

Interviews are usually held in NW London in July or by phone, VOIP or Skype.  Interviews for the Curatorship track may also be held at other times of the year, depending on vacancies.

Before submitting their forms, applicants should check the website of the Israeli Embassy to ensure their eligibility for an A/2 student visa. 

Applicants must also be fit, in good physical and mental health and be able to carry out their duties. A medical may be required.

Closing date: 30/05/2019


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