Position Type: Full-time
Compensation: $9.00 per hour
Job Summary: This is a hands-on internship providing an intern 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 as well as benefit the Gardens. This summer one project will focus on micropropagation of Plant Select® plants. (Micropropagation experience or classwork is helpful for this internship.) The second project will focus on the refinement of an existing planting plan and refreshing several existing plantings. Tasks will include researching specific plants of the Mediterranean and surrounding region, refining an existing plant list, and identifying plant sources.
The internship is rounded out with educational field trips, lectures and short-term projects with other interns. Upon completion of the internship, the intern is expected to do a presentation about their project and experiences.
Working Conditions: This is a hands-on horticulture job. 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. Prior experience in micropropagation is helpful. 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 February 15, 2013 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 emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.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 15, 2013. Click here to obtain a internship application.
Denver Botanic Gardens is a nonprofit organization and an equal opportunity employer.