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Horticultural Therapy Internship

10 weeks, May 26, 2015- August 6, 2015
Position Type: 
$10.00 per hour
Job Summary: 

This is a hands-on internship providing the intern the opportunity to work alongside our registered horticultural therapist conducting horticultural therapy programs with various populations. Additionally, the intern will work with our professional horticulture staff and volunteers to maintain the sensory garden and other garden spaces within a botanic garden. Work assignments may include such tasks as planting, pruning, weeding, mulching and watering garden areas. The intern will also gain experience by working with the Craig Hospital horticultural therapy program.

The Horticultural Therapy intern is expected to do a short term and a long term project during the summer that will expand their knowledge of horticultural therapy techniques and theories while benefitting the Gardens. Educational field trips, lectures and short-term team projects round out the program which highlights horticultural therapy in a public garden setting and focuses on horticulture on the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies. Upon completion of the internship, the intern is expected to do a presentation about their project and their experience. Please see the FAQ below for more information on the program.

Working Conditions: 

This is a hands-on horticulture job. Most work is outdoors. Applicants should be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.


Applicants must currently be enrolled in college programs (including graduate programs) and have completed their sophomore year of college with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. To be considered for an internship in Horticultural Therapy, applicants must have successfully completed a basic botany or introduction to horticulture class and at least one plant ID class. Additionally, successful completion of an introduction to Horticultural Therapy or equivalent course study is recommended. The internship program is open to both traditional and non-traditional students.


All application materials must be received at Denver Botanic Gardens by Friday, February 13, 2015 and must include the following:
• Completed Denver Botanic Gardens application form – available online as a writable PDF or in hard copy through our Human Resources Department
• Current resume detailing work history and horticulture-related activities
• All official college transcripts showing class work and including cumulative GPA
• Two letters of reference that reflect academic and work experience

Please note: the selection committee will not be able to consider your application if all materials have not been received by due date.

The completed application packet as outlined above can be e-mailed to: hr@botanicgardens.org. All application emails must include your name and the word “internship” in the subject line. Application materials can also be sent via regular mail to:
Denver Botanic Gardens
Attn:  Human Resources – Internship
909 York St.
Denver, CO 80206

Here is the application.

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Denver Botanic Gardens is a nonprofit organization and an equal opportunity employer.