Interns are assigned to a particular area
within the arboretum. Participation in regularly scheduled educational programs and field trips is limited based on
their part-time status. Interns will work on independent projects that benefit the arboretum, and are supervised by
the arboretum's professional staff. Compensation for the 2008 part-time internship is approx. $10.94/hr. The position
requires two days a week or 16 hours, usually 7:00am – 3:30 p.m. Scheduled work days are flexible. College credit
may be arranged by the student and is encouraged.
Applicants need to have either completed
course work or have acquired practical experience in horticulture or a related field. Basic gardening or laboratory
skills, interest in plants, and the ability to work independently are very important.
Duties & Working Conditions
Interns will be responsible for the standard duties of
working in a public garden. Examples include assisting in all aspects of garden maintenance and development, including greenhouse
work, potted plant maintenance, propagation, planting, watering, weeding, mowing, and pest management. Interns will also assist
with the accurate labeling of plants and answering visitor’s questions. Outdoor internships involve heavy lifting and exposure
to extreme heat and humidity.
Has been filled
Garden in an innovative landscape that
includes woody plants, perennials, ornamental grasses, and bulbs designed for year-round interest. In this internship,
you will assist with the maintenance of the garden, which simulates a residential setting. Actual schedule to be decided
between the intern and supervisor.
To apply for the Part-time internship, please send a cover letter, resume, transcripts,
and a completed Supplemental Questionnaire to:
US National Arboretum
3501 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Click here to download the supplemental questionnaire.
There is no deadline. However, supervisors will begin to look over applications by the end of February.
To receive first consideration, please apply by February 1st.
Optional Form 306, (Declaration for Federal Employment):
If you are selected for any of these positions, you will be required to complete
this form before an offer may be made.
Selective Service System:
Males over age 18 who were born after December 31, 1959, must have registered with the Selective Service System
(or have an exemption) to be eligible for Federal employment.
EEO Policy Statemnt:
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex,
national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an
employee organization, or other non-merit factor.