Gardens & Grounds Intern

Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts invites applications for Gardens & Grounds Intern in Residence. To apply for this position, please complete our online employment application here. The position will remain open until filled.

A nonprofit school of arts and crafts founded in 2004 by local artists and community members, Shake Rag Alley’s 2.5-acre campus in the historic heart of Mineral Point, Wisconsin, is a national destination for participants of adult workshops, a robust summer youth program, and a host of annual special community events. In addition, Shake Rag Alley offers on-site lodging and custom facility rentals for meetings, events, and celebrations. For more information, see

Position Title: Gardens & Grounds Intern

Department: Buildings & Grounds

Status: Part-time seasonal, stipend+housing in the historic Ellery House

Schedule: 20 hours/week May-October with occasional weekend hours

Position Summary

If you’ve got a green thumb and enjoy cultivating a welcoming atmosphere in a magical outdoor setting, this seasonal position at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts is for you.

Reporting to the Executive Director and Buildings and Grounds Committee, and working collaboratively with Shake Rag Alley staff and volunteers, the Gardens & Grounds Intern will participate in the opening and closing of our 20 garden beds and seasonal garden and grounds maintenance while serving as a steward of our historic campus while in residence.  

In return, you’ll gain valuable gardening, groundskeeping, and leadership experience, receive a biweekly stipend and housing in a fully furnished historic Cornish cottage (amenities include a full kitchen, laundry facilities, and high-speed WiFi), and have access to our full campus including classrooms and pottery and jewelry studios when not in use for workshops, events, or rentals. 

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • using general gardening knowledge and proper techniques, performing a variety of gardening work including planting, grooming, weeding, transplanting, and deadheading plants on our 2.5-acre campus in the historic heart of Mineral Point.
  • hand watering and maintaining proper irrigation especially in times of drought.
  • fertilizing and applying herbicide to floral and foliage plants when needed and inspecting plants for insects and/or diseases.  
  • maintaining diverse plantings of trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals.
  • helping to maintain grounds including paths, streambed, patios, and outdoor Alley Stage ampitheater.
  • safely using a wide array of hand tools including but not limited to pruning shears, rakes, shovels, irrigation hoses, and watering nozzles.
  • problem-solving related to historic buildings and grounds.
  • becoming immersed in the daily groundskeeping operations of a nationally known arts education organization in a one-of-a-kind historic and artistic community. 
  • other duties as assigned to include supporting outdoor educational programming. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Related certifications or degree and two years’ related experience and demonstrated knowledge of technical practices and materials used in gardening, preferably in a nonprofit and/or historic setting, or a combination of education and experience relevant to the position.
  • Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc., and safely use and maintain basic landscape management tools. 
  • Ability and willingness to work outside in all kinds of weather in suitable clothing. 
  • Ability to perform primary responsibilities without more than normal supervision.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to foster cooperative relationships with staff, volunteers, Board members, contractors, vendors, and the general public.
  • Computer and Internet proficiency to include Gmail and Google Drive. 
  • Ability to multi-task and switch priorities of projects as needs of job change as a member of a team and independently.
  • Ability to understand and follow policies and procedures and report to work on time to complete scheduled shifts.
  • An affinity for working in an atmosphere of creativity while demonstrating flexibility, friendliness, problem-solving skills, and patience in all situations.


Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Physical Demands: While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and consistently talk or hear; and rarely taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift up to 50 pounds and regularly carry 15-20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.