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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens-Horticulture Intern-Tue, 11/05/2019 - 11:53am

Horticulture Intern


Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
183 Gore Creek Dr Vail
Vail , CO 81657-4544

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Job Description 

Located at 8,200 ft., Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is North America’s highest botanic garden with a world class collection of alpine and rock garden plants. Interns participate in a variety of learning activities in the gardens, participate in field trips to regional public gardens and conduct plant identification outings on mountain hikes. In addition, interns gain valuable hands on experience working with the volunteers and learning specific gardening techniques from garden staff. 

(2) Horticultural Internships Available for the 2020 Season.
Applications Due by January 26th, 2020.
Internship Start Date May or June of 2020.

Internships are generously endowed by the Frechette Family Foundation.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Horticulture Internship Responsibilities, Duties and Learning Opportunities.
The right candidate will have a passion for horticulture, public gardens, is self-motivated, a team player, diligent worker and demonstrates leadership skills.

Working alongside the horticultural staff and volunteers.
Leading Volunteer group gardening.
Planting and maintain a variety of different themed and styled garden beds that contain both woody and herbaceous plants.
Bed maintenance includes tasks such as deadheading, weeding, cultivating, mulching, rock work, soil amending, transplanting, dividing, hand watering, raking, hauling compost, plant staking, fertilizer application and other tasks.
Helping operate and providing routine maintenance to the garden’s irrigation system.
Assisting with garden events set-up and take down.
Assisting with Education Center maintenance and clean up tasks.
Participate in garden events, workshops and educational outreach seminars.
ID plants both in and out of the garden settings.
Understanding of Colorado mountain ecosystems, and their native plants.
Pressing plants for herbarium voucher specimens.
Providing and lead educational public tours of the gardens.
Operating a golf cart within in a crowded public park.
Providing garden visitors with information and support.
Assisting with labeling plants during their flowering period.
Refilling and stocking kiosks with necessary brochures.
Assisting in garden data input into BG-Base, a digital plant record keeping system.
Assisting in accessioning plantings.
Assisting garden staff on research and conservation projects.
Assisting on large garden projects such as designing and renovation of existing garden areas.
Helping with projects and duties as staff needs.
Ability to work weekend shifts as needed.

Education and Experience 


The right candidate will have a passion for horticulture, public gardens, and leadership.

Practical previous experience in horticulture required.
Current enrollment, degree in horticulture or candidates looking to continue and practice their horticulture education further. 
Passion for plants and gardening with a focus on public horticulture
Candidate will demonstrate a commitment to working in the field of horticulture.
Attention to detail and organization.
The ability to use a dichotomous key.
Understanding plant taxonomy, anatomy and morphological terms.
Understanding the categorization of plant families.  
Ability to work outside in variable weather conditions (rain, snow, sun UV, heat).
Able to lift 50 lbs. or more.
Works well in a team setting and communicates efficiently and effectively.

Application Instructions 

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Send resume and cover letter with 3 references to AND for horticulture internships.

Application deadline is January 26th, 2020

Full Name 
Nicholas Courtens