2024 Public Horticulture Internship
Employment TypePaid Internship (Full-time)
The 2024 areas of concentration are 1) native plants and 2) ornamental horticulture. The Native Plant
internship will include the study and conservation of plants native to the Southeastern United States, with
emphasis on Alabama natives and public gardens landscape maintenance. The Ornamental Horticulture internship will focus on general public gardens landscape maintenance. In the interest of providing a broader experience, both internships will include exposure to the functions of the Education, Development, and Communications and Marketing departments.
The interns will be given the opportunity to attend relevant local meetings, events, lectures, field trips with
staff, and the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference.
Guided by its mission—to protect, nurture, and share the Gardens’ countless wonders—the Friends is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the Gardens; serving the community; visitors; and inspiring a passion for plants, gardens, and the environment.
Duties & Responsibilities
Interns will work alongside staff and volunteers assisting with plant ID, planting, pruning, weeding, mulching and other duties consistent with the landscape maintenance of a public garden. There will be opportunities to compose articles for our print and/or digital outlets and assist other department with time sensitive tasks.
Each intern will work on a project of his or her interest that benefits the Gardens and will be required to present their project to an audience. Time will be provided each week for FBBG staff to instruct the intern on a tutorial basis.
Education and Experience
This 12-week opportunity is available to two rising juniors or seniors attending a four-year college or university full-time, or recent graduates of a two or four-year college seeking experience in horticulture or related fields. Preference will be given to students majoring in horticulture, landscape design, landscape architecture, biology, botany, ecology, plant science, environmental science, or a closely related discipline.
Starting and ending dates for the internships are flexible, based on the availability of the intern; the program will last 12 consecutive weeks at 40 hours per week. Workdays will normally be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Interns will be compensated at a rate of $15 per hour.
These internships are made possible by generous support from the Friends of Birmingham Botanical
Gardens Jr. Board and the Rotary Club of Shades Valley.
The internships are competitive, and candidates are encouraged to be thorough, detailed, grammatically accurate, and concise with their applications.
Candidates must provide the following:
-Resume (not to exceed two pages)
-Statement of approximately 200 words outlining professional objectives regarding the internship
-A reference from an academic advisor knowledgeable of your scholastic standing toward graduation
-Proof of a valid driver’s license
Materials may be submitted electronically to: email@example.com
It is the candidate’s obligation to ensure the receipt of application materials by FBBG by the deadline. Qualified candidates will be asked to interview with representatives of Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens.Application Deadline:
March 8, 2024