Horticulture Internships - 5 Available

Location: Denver, CO
Deadline: February 10, 2017

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 complete a project that will expand their horticultural knowledge while benefitting the Gardens. During the summer of 2017 projects will focus on:

  • Plant Records Curation and Mapping
    • Work with the Plant Records team to assist in the curation of the diverse living collections at Denver Botanic Gardens through databasing, mapping, labeling and digital photography. The 2017 intern will focus on mapping and documenting the dynamic collections of the new Steppe Garden. (Please note: A familiarity with Auto-CAD software is required for this internship.)
  • Urban Agriculture and Community Engagement

    • Become familiar with the day-to-day and long-term operations of an urban farm by working at Denver Botanic Gardens’ on and off-site community and vegetable gardens. Assist in distributing fresh produce in Denver’s food deserts and help develop metrics to measure the impact of the Gardens’ food donation practices. (Please note: Individual transportation required as part of internship, multiple locations are frequented.)
  • Japanese Garden Character Pine Maintenance and Documentation

    • Develop an in-depth knowledge of the architecture and maintenance of Denver Botanic Gardens’ invaluable ancient collection of ponderosa pines. Work closely with the Japanese Garden Curator and the Plant Records Team to develop and populate a working database, tracking the past and future maintenance of each individual tree. 
  • Propagation, Production and Seed Herbarium Maintenance

    • Learn the holistic operations of Denver Botanic Gardens and Chatfield Farms greenhouses by taking part in all aspects of propagation, production and record keeping. Through collection, evaluation and maintenance this intern will also contribute significantly to the Gardens’ seed herbarium.
  • Therapeutic Horticulture

    • Gain professional experience working with Denver Botanic Gardens Therapeutic Horticulture Team, leading and supporting program activities and assisting in the daily maintenance of the Sensory Garden. The Therapeutic Horticulture Intern will create and facilitate participant activities that both fulfill the needs of the Gardens’ Therapeutic Horticulture Program and their personal interests. (Please note: Additional experience within the Therapeutic Horticulture field is required, please submit documentation of classes or list relevant experience on application.)

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 give a presentation about their project and experiences.

Career Type: Internship
Location: York Street
Duration: May 30 - August 3, 2017
Compensation: $12.00 per hour
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.  There are additional qualifications for specific projects, please check the description for details. 

Additional Information: 

All application materials must be received at Denver Botanic Gardens by Friday, February 10, 2017 and must include the following:

  • Completed Denver Botanic Gardens internship 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/or 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 10, 2017.  Here is the internship application.

Frequently asked questions about internships

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


Housing is not provided by the Gardens, but housing opportunities with a host family are available for Gardens interns. After acceptance into the internship program interns are provided with a list of contacts whom they can contact directly.