The Charleston Parks Conservancy Community Horticulture Fellowship Program is a year-long robust professional development program designed to advance/increase opportunities for individuals from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in horticultural leadership.
In the inaugural year of the fellowship, The Charleston Parks Conservancy hopes to
- Directly address institutional barriers and issues of representation.
- Create a path to executive and leadership management in horticulture.
- Increase diversity and inclusion in horticulture.
The Community Horticulture Fellowship Program’s collaboration with community partners offers a range of learning opportunities in areas designed for those who have a passion to lead in a public horticulture environment.
- Participants engage in skills training, leadership, and professional development courses in the parks and with partners of the program.
- Additionally, fellows develop and complete a capstone project aimed at refining their horticultural knowledge and skills.
- At the completion of the program, the Conservancy will work with our partners and others to assist in securing a leadership position in the field of Horticulture.
This fellowship consists of:
- In depth experiential learning at a variety of host sites
- In-field practicums
- Professional development and leadership training
- Mentorship and community networking
- Capstone project
- Job placement and access to a growing alumni network of fellows upon graduation
Candidates should be interested in advancing their career in the field of horticulture in a management and leadership capacity; coupled with a passion for personal and professional advancement, hounding down people for their extra plants, and a sense of humor. Fellows must respect and maintain the confidentiality of rare species location and sensitive data/ information.
- Recent associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree graduates or
- Those currently enrolled and will have graduated by fellowship program start date, students of horticulture or closely related degree program or
- Individuals currently working in the landscaping, gardening, and horticulture industries in South Carolina with at least two years of field experience, with a desire to develop their skills in a horticulture capacity but without a traditional degree
- Starting Date: January 9, 2023
- Location: Majority of time will be spent in the Lowcountry/ Greater Charleston area. Fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in horticulture based field trips, experiential learning, in-field practicums and other activities throughout the state of South Carolina.
- Time and Compensation: 12 months, average 40 hours/ week, some nights and weekends will be expected. Annual salary of $40,000 plus benefits.
- Google Form
- Using a short paragraph 250-500 words, choosing either of the topics below:
- Making a case for being of a background traditionally underrepresented, within the horticulture industry, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, or geographic region; in addition to what unique perspective or life experiences you bring to the industry, and what lasting impact you aim to have.
- Your experiences, research, and/or interest in championing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the horticulture industry; and what lasting impact you aim to have in the horticulture industry
- Optional: Introductory video stating any additional information you’d like us to know about you that doesn’t appear on your resume. Submissions should be no longer than 5 minutes in duration.
- Copy of transcript (unofficial or official), only if currently pursuing a degree program
- Three professional references
- Optional A letter of recommendation from professional or academic source
Application Process & Timeline
Application Timeline for January 2023 Fellows:
- Aug 1 – Oct 31, 2022: Applications open, rolling application style, encouraged to apply early; phone interviews and zoom interviews taking place during this time
- Nov 1- Nov 20,2022: In person final interviews at CPC and final decisions made
- Dec 1, 2022: Press Announcement of fellows
- Jan 9, 2023 : Fellows First day!
- 1st round: Phone Interview
- 2nd round: Zoom Interview
- 3rd and final round: In person interview
- Each candidate will be asked the same series of questions throughout each round.
- We encourage you to check out these resources when writing your application and preparing for your interview