Rend Lake College Horticulture student Daniel Siliven (Oakdale) is getting an opportunity he never counted on: putting his skills to work at a 280-acre country club in the northern suburbs of Chicago.
Siliven has been selected for a paid summer internship with Northmoor Country Club in Highland Park, a private facility which features a 27-hole golf course, tennis courts and a swimming pool. He will be working with a landscape architect, and his primary duties will include designing new flower beds and redesigning existing flower beds. He also will be responsible for the maintenance and care of what he plants.
He described Northmoor, which was built in 1918, as one of the “bigger and nicer” country clubs in that part of the state.
Siliven said he decided to try for the internship when he first got word of the opportunity. He said he spoke with club officials, and they asked to meet him. He was subsequently selected and will be staying with three other interns in housing at Northmoor specifically designated for them. According to Siliven, the three other interns will specialize in turf management and other areas.
“I will never get another shot to go to Chicago and study for three months,” Siliven said. “It’s an experience I will probably never have again.”
Before he leaves for the summer, Siliven plans to graduate from Rend Lake College with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Horticulture.
Siliven said his interest in horticulture began with agriculture classes in high school, and it continued to grow when he landed a summer job at Washington County Lake.
Siliven said he is interested in forestry and decided to enroll in RLC’s Horticulture program with hopes of working for a park service or conservation department after graduation. However, he said his plans may change if he really enjoys this internship.
Siliven currently works at Meyer’s Greenhouse and Nursery in Nashville. He also is president of the new Horticulture Club at RLC.
Daniel Siliven is the son of Kevin and Lori Siliven of Oakdale.
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