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Horticulture Internship (3-5 positions)

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

These are hands-on internships providing students the opportunity to work alongside our professional horticulture staff and volunteers in the daily operation of maintaining botanic gardens. Work assignments may include such tasks as planting, pruning, weeding, mulching and watering garden areas.

During the summer each intern is expected to do a project that will expand their horticultural knowledge while benefitting the Gardens. During the summer of 2015 projects will focus on:
• garden entomology (Successful completion of a basic entomology class required.)
• specialized gardening challenges of a large rock-alpine garden
• plant propagation
• photo documentation of tropical collections

Additional internship opportunities are available in Plant Records, Horticultural Therapy and Education/Children’s Gardening.  Please see separate job postings for details.

The internships are rounded out with educational field trips, lectures and team projects with other interns. Upon completion of the internship, each intern is expected to do a presentation about their project and experiences.

Working Conditions: 

Internships are hands-on horticulture jobs. Much of the 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 the internship in Horticulture, applicants must have successfully completed a basic botany or introduction to horticulture class and at least one plant ID class. Additionally, successful completion of a minimum of two courses among the following topics is required: soil science, greenhouse management, floriculture, irrigation principles, IPM, plant pathology, plant physiology and/or plant propagation. The internship program is open to both traditional and non-traditional students, including those who are making a career change into the field of horticulture.


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 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 emailed 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
Completed applications are due February 13, 2015.

Here is the application.

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