US National Arboretum



Part-time Horticultural Internship
6 months, part time, beginning in May or June

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 a group project that benefits the arboretum, and are supervised by the arboretum's professional staff. Compensation for the 2010 part-time internship is approx. $11.91/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.

Available Positions:

Friendship Garden: 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 will be decided between the intern and supervisor.

To apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, transcripts, and a completed Supplemental Questionnaire via postal mail or email to:

Internship Office
US National Arboretum
3501 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002

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.

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

Summer Horticultural Internships
Part-Time Horticultural Internships
Full-Time Research Internships
Summer Public Education Internships
Internships page

If you need more information, have any questions or concerns, please contact us at:

     USNA Internship Coordinator
     US National Arboretum
     3501 New York Avenue, NE
     Washington, DC 20002
     (202) 245-4563
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.

Employment of Noncitizens In Non-Permanent Excepted Service Positions:
For information on the eligibility of noncitizens for temporary internships, see

EEO Policy Statement: 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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