US National Arboretum



Year-Long Horticultural Internships
12 months, full time, beginning late summer

Those fortunate enough to land one of these positions have the benefit of experiencing an entire seasonal cycle of working in horticulture. They are assigned to a particular collection and essentially become part of the staff. Interns participate in regularly scheduled educational programs and field trips, work on independent projects that benefit the arboretum, and are supervised by the arboretum's professional staff. Compensation for the 2008 year-long internship is approx. $14.56/hr. The work week for most interns is Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. College credit may be arranged by the student and is encouraged.

Applicants need to have either completed at least 24 hours of relevant course work or have acquired one year of 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 visitorsí questions. Outdoor internships involve exposure to temperature and weather extremes throughout the year.

Available Positions:

National Herb Garden: This garden is the largest designed herb garden in the world, containing over 800 taxa, including a collection of antique roses. In this internship, you will assist in all aspects of garden maintenance, propagation, planting, watering, etc. An interest in herbs as 'useful' plants as well as in antique roses, is highly desirable. Interest in garden interpretation and public education is useful. Summer schedule will include one weekend day.

Asian Collection: This collection's dramatic landscape features plants collected from the rich floras of China, Japan, and Korea. In this internship, you will gain hands-on experience throughout the Asian Collection's extensive planting. In addition, you will be involved with managing plant records.

To apply for the Year-Long Internships:

Applications for the year-long horticultural internship must go through the ARS Human Resources Department. The announcement and information link is here. Applications are due no later than July 18th, 2008. [A PDF preview of the announcement and application details can be found here].

To learn more about the other various types of internships, requirements, and how you may apply,
please click on the links provided below.

Research Internships
Summer Horticultural Internships
Part-Time Horticultural Internships
Marketing Internship
Year-Long Internship
Internship page

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Internship Coordinator:
(202) 245-4563 or

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.

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