Colorado: Denver Botanic Gardens seeks 2011 Summer Interns

7 Dec

Denver Botanic Gardens is now accepting applications for
2011 Summer Internships in Horticulture, Chatfield CSA and Plant Records
Summer internships at Denver Botanic Gardens provide students with hands-on experience in public gardening.  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. 
New in 2011, we are offering an internship at our Chatfield location, a short drive from our central Denver location. The intern chosen for this project will be involved in the daily operation of the Chatfield CSA. Tasks will include planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, washing, and assisting with weekly CSA distributions of produce to shareholders.
In addition to daily activities, interns in Horticulture will work with a mentor on an individualized garden-based project or will garden in a specialized setting.  Below are brief descriptions of just a few of the projects proposed for summer 2011:
Horticulture Therapy – lead some of the existing horticulture therapy activities and design a new horticulture therapy activity
Water conservation in a public garden – conduct water audits and help assess effectiveness of a newly installed controller
Developing community in a community garden – assist with community garden activities
Japanese gardening using Colorado natives: assist in the evaluation of a bonsai collection donation and learn how indigenous plants can be transformed into a Japanese garden
Evaluate existing plants and propose new plants for a thematic garden, the Scripture Garden
Document Quercus collection through photographs and collect herbarium specimens
Specialized gardening – Children’s Garden
The Plant Records internship will assist with mapping and inventorying several newly constructed gardens and entering information into BG Base, a common public garden plant inventory database.  Applicants for this position should have a working knowledge of AutoCAD.
To round out the summer, we throw in a couple of group projects, 5 field trips, some talks 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.
The Details:
·       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. 
·       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 and on the application form.
·       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, interns chosen for the horticulture positions will receive a profile of each project or specialized gardening opportunity and will be asked to rank them in order of interest.  We will make every attempt to match interns with one of their top two ranked projects.
·       We hope to complete the hiring process by mid-March.
·       Internships run for 10-12 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

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