Denver Botanic Gardens - Summer Internship
Position: Summer Internship - Paid internship opportunity in a public garden CSA setting.
It is never too early for students to think about summer and internship opportunities. The deadline for accepting applications is only a few
If you have any questions about our internship program, please do not hesitate to contact us. My contact information, Ann Montague, is listed
below, or you may contact our HR Department at email@example.com. The application form is available on our website.
The February 15, 2011 deadline for Denver Botanic Gardens’ CSA Summer Internship applications is fast approaching
Summer internships at DBG immerse students in public gardening. Our internships provide the hands-on experience that employers value.
Interns work alongside our knowledgeable horticulture staff in the wide variety of daily activities that are required to keep a CSA growing and
productive – planting, watering, weeding, mulching, pruning, etc.
Chatfield CSA – work with our new CSA at our Chatfield location, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, distributing produce, etc.
Additional Internship Projects for 2011 include:
Horticulture Therapy – lead some of the existing horticulture therapy activities, design a new horticulture therapy activity, assist with the
installation of a new sensory garden,
Water use & conservation in mixed ornamental plantings – conduct water audits and assess how well a newly installed controller is
meeting needs in an ornamental garden setting
Community garden - develop classes for community gardeners on vegetable gardening in a semi-arid zone 5 environment.
Japanese gardening - learn how to create the look of a typical Japanese garden using Colorado native plants and assist with evaluation of
potential bonsai collection donation
Thematic garden update - research & suggest perennials & shrubs appropriate to specific theme that can replace annual plantings in an
Seed herbarium - assist with the establishment of a new seed herbarium and assist with propagation
Quercus collection – document our existing Quercus collection with photographs, measurements and herbarium specimens
Plant Records – assist with mapping and inventorying several newly constructed gardens and entering information into BG Base, a
common public garden plant inventory database
To round out the summer, interns participate in a couple of group projects, 5 field trips, some lectures and a few other educational activities.
But don’t think that it’s all work and no play. There are definitely opportunities for fun as well.
Applications must be received at Denver Botanic Gardens’ HR Department by February 15, 2011. All components of the application –
letters (or e-mails) of reference, transcript(s), completed application form and resume - must be received by that date.
To be considered for an internship in Horticulture, or Plant Records/Curation, applicants must have completed a basic botany or
introduction to horticulture class and at least one plant ID class. Additionally a minimum of two courses among the following topics are
required: soil science, greenhouse management, floriculture, irrigation principles, plant physiology, IPM, organic crop production &/or
plant propagation. Applicants for the Plant Records/Curation internship must have a working knowledge of Auto-Cad. To be considered
for an internship with the Chatfield CSA, applicants must have successfully completed a basic soil science or introduction to organic crop
production class and at least one plant ID class. Additionally a minimum of two courses among the following topics are required: organic
soil fertility, general horticulture, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), irrigation principles, plant physiology, &/or plant propagation.
Applications are 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 application).
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.
After offers are extended, candidates will receive a complete profile of each project option and will be asked to rank them in order of
interest. We will make every attempt to match interns with one of their top ranked projects.
We hope to complete the hiring process by mid-March.
Internships run for 12 consecutive weeks and start Monday, May 23, 2011.
Assistance in locating housing is available.
Additional information and the application form are on our website at http://www.botanicgardens.org/content/internship-opportunities.
909 York Street
Denver, CO 80206
Phone: 303-356-0958 Fax: 720-865-3679