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Category: Horticulture

U.S. National Arboretum
Washington, DC

Posted: Monday, January 7, 2013

Description: Horticulture interns are assigned to one or more gardens or collections. All interns participate in regularly scheduled educational programs and field trips, work on a project that benefits the Arboretum, and are supervised by the Arboretum's professional staff. Internships are 6 months long and will begin in April or May 2013. Compensation for the internships is approx. $11.91/hr. College credit may be arranged by the student and is encouraged. There are full-time and part-time internships available.

Qualifications: Applicants need to have either completed course work or have acquired practical experience in horticulture or a related field. Basic gardening, interest in plants, and the ability to work independently are very important.

Duties & Working Conditions: Interns will be responsible for the typical duties of working in a public garden. Assist the plant collection curators in the development and maintenance of the plant germplasm collections at the arboretum. Perform general gardening tasks that provide proper environmental conditions for germplasm collections, including watering, mowing, mulching, and weeding. In addition, procedures for maintaining proper greenhouse conditions will be stressed, including correct nutritional regimens, and environmental variables. Assist horticulturists and Plant Records staff with updating records and labels of plants in collections. Internships will involve heavy lifting and exposure to extreme heat and humidity.

Interns will be assigned to one of the following areas:

Friendship Garden: The Friendship Garden is an innovative landscape that includes woody plants, perennials, ornamental grasses, and bulbs designed for year-round interest.

Azalea & Boxwood Collections: The Azalea Collection features cultivated azaleas in a wooded setting. The National Boxwood Collection is one of the most complete collections of boxwood in the world.

Asian Collections: The dramatic landscapes of the Asian Collections features plants collected from the rich floras of China, Japan, and Korea.

Dogwood & Native Plant Collections: The Dogwood collection features more than 100 varieties and species of Cornus in a naturalistic setting. The Native Plant Collection features plants native to Eastern USA in woodland and meadow settings.

Conifer Collection & Introduction Garden: The Gotelli Conifer Collection highlights hundreds of varieties of conifers. The Introduction Garden displays new plants to the gardening public, including new National Arboretum introductions.

To apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, transcripts (unofficial are acceptable), and a completed supplemental questionnaire via email to

There is no deadline. However, to receive first consideration, please apply before February 18th.

Questions? Contact the internship office at (202) 245-4563 or

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