College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Horticulture

Internship – Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver, CO

Denver Botanic Gardens is now accepting applications for:

2016 Internships in Horticulture and Plant Records

Internships at Denver Botanic Gardens provide students with hands-on experience in public gardening.  This year we will be offering four full-time summer internships 11 weeks in length and one part-time position that will be 5-6 months in length in the Horticulture Department.

Horticulture interns are immersed in the wide variety of daily activities that are required to keep a public garden growing and attractive – planting, watering, weeding, mulching, pruning, etc.  Additionally our interns work with a mentor on an individualized garden-based project or gardening in a specialized setting.  We have openings for 5 horticulture interns.  Below are brief descriptions of the project opportunities for summer 2016:

  • Assist in the tissue culture lab and assist in our trial gardens.  The intern will work with media preparation, starting and maintaining cultures, and experimenting with a new-to-us species in micropropagation.  In the garden the intern will learn research techniques for propagation, plant selection and trialing.  Familiarity with micropropagation techniques strongly preferred.  Must have own transportation.
  • Assist in our Rock Alpine Garden, identifying plants, learning about growing alpine plants, and using microclimates.  This intern will also be collecting herbarium specimens and assisting with preparations for the National Rock Garden Conference.
  • Work on an urban farm, doing typical day-to-day tasks (weeding, watering, harvesting, market planning/management, education).  Excellent people skills are a must.


The Plant Records intern will assist with mapping and inventorying throughout the garden and will enter the information into BG Base, a commonly used public garden plant inventory database.  Applicants for this position should have a working knowledge of AutoCAD.

These internships offer a great opportunity for students to learn about the diverse palette of plants that grow in a semi-arid environment and what it takes to garden successfully in a steppe climate.  Denver Botanic Gardens is an intensively cultivated garden.  At our York Street location we have more than 14,000 taxa represented on our relatively small 20 acre growing space.  (Not a lot of turf here).  Our fieldtrips explore the diverse native ecosystems of Colorado, from the mountains to the prairie.  Additional educational opportunities provide a glimpse into topics as diverse as plant exploration, xeriscaping, seed storage at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation (NCGRP), and much more.

The Details:

  • Applications for the summer horticulture and plant records internships must be received at Denver Botanic Gardens’ HR Department by Friday, February 12, 2016.  All components of the application – letters (or e-mails) of reference, transcript(s), completed application form and resume – must be received by the due date.
  • These internships are geared toward students who have successfully completed some basic horticulture and plant ID courses and who are interested in exploring career opportunities in the field of public horticulture.  For specific course completion requirements, please see the job postings on our website.
  • The application form is available on our website in a writable pdf format.  When saving the completed file, please include the intern’s name and the word “application” in the file name (ex: Greg Smith intern application).  If the applicant is unable to retrieve the application form from the website, please contact our HR Department for a copy.
  • If references are sent via email, please include the intern’s name and the word “reference” in the subject line.
  • Telephone interviews will be conducted with the top candidates.
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