Seasonal Horticulture Intern



Hours per week

28 hours per week



Application Deadline


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43-50 Main St.
United States



Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are  celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship.

Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) is a private non-profit cultural institution located on 39 acres of New York City owned land. QBG serves over 241,000 visitors each year and strives to keep programs accessible to all audiences. The majority of visitors to the Garden (75%) speak a language other than English at home. The Garden has committed itself to addressing the complex and ever changing needs of its diverse community. 

We seek individuals with an interest in public horticulture to assist with gardening work during the 2018 growing season. Under the supervision of QBG horticulture staff, interns will learn through hands on experience all aspects of maintaining a public garden, such as planting, weeding, watering, grooming and mulching in all weather conditions. Interns will be expected to work with volunteers who may come to us as individuals or as part of a group. During the months of July and August interns must be available to supervise a small group of teens as part of the City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).

In addition to assisting with gardening work for QBG as a whole, interns will have the opportunity to assist with the following based on their training and interests:

  • Assisting with the American Garden Rose Selections ™ Rose Trials including caring for test roses and helping with the assessment of plant performance.
  • Serving as Helen & Martin Kaltman Interns—caring for our Fragrance Walk.
  • Assisting in the care of Herb garden and Wedding garden displays.
  • Assisting with the care and beautification of our sustainably landscaped Parking Garden.

This internship is ideal for someone making progress towards a degree or certificate in horticulture, conservation studies, botanical or environmental education. 

Internships are available for up to 28 hours per week from May through August with possible extension into fall. A flexible schedule may be worked out to accommodate school or other needs. Occasional Weekend work required.


  • A high school diploma or GED and at least 3 months paid, volunteer, home or school gardening experience
  • Ability and willingness to work outside in all sorts of weather; work includes kneeling, bending, stooping, and reaching; ability to lift 40 pounds
  • Willingness to learn about use of tools and equipment
  • Good interpersonal skills; second language a plus

How To Apply

To apply you must put “Seasonal Horticulture Internship” in the subject line and send cover letter and résumé to No calls please.