Fall/Winter Horticultural Internship

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Start Date: October and later  Compensation: $16.75 plus housing

Horticultural Interns need a passion for working in a public garden setting.  They will receive practical, hands-on experience in all phases of maintenance, landscape design and enhancement of a diverse collection of horticultural plant collections within the 409-acre arboretum. Planting Fields is an intact historic estate designed by the Olmsted Brothers as well as an active arboretum with many unusual greenhouse and hardy plant collections. General duties will include planting, pruning, and watering, weeding, mulching and garden renovation.

Other Information: The interns will also help to maintain and enhance many special gardens such as the Dwarf Conifer Garden, Hydrangea Garden, Woodland Garden, Synoptic Garden, Rhododendron Collection, Formal Gardens and a large display greenhouse. All interns are invited to participate in near-weekly educational field trips to private and public gardens, nurseries and growers on Long Island and the surrounding areas.


Interns will participate in all aspects of plant collections and landscape care and maintenance, including: pruning, planting, garden design, propagation, labeling and interpretation, mulching invasive species removal etc.  Hands on training will be provided on a regular basis.


Candidates should be enrolled in or recently graduated from a academic program in Ornamental Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Science or a related field.

Additional Information

Application process includes furnishing a resume, academic transcripts, 3 letters of reference and a employment application provided by the Arboretum.

Contact Information

Planting Fields Arboretum
Contact Name: Vincent Simeone/Michael Ahern
Email: Vincent.Simeone@parks.ny.gov
Phone: 516-922-8601, 516-922-8602