Garden Internship

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Start Date: March/April  Compensation: $20 per hour

Greenwood Gardens, a nonprofit public garden and historic site, is seeking a garden intern.

Greenwood Gardens is an historically significant 28-acre public garden and former private estate whose mission is to connect people with nature in an historic garden oasis. Incorporated as a non-profit and open to the public for free-roam visitation since 2013, Greenwood continues in its efforts to preserve and enhance its gardens, architecture, and landscape for the education and enjoyment of the public, guided by a seven-year Strategic Plan. Its terraced gardens, meadows, woodlands, grottoes and teahouses were designed in the early twentieth century by William W. Renwick. A time capsule of New Jersey’s gracious past and a haven of tranquility in the busy New York metropolitan area, the site’s original sweeping vistas have been preserved and extended on all sides by designated parkland.

The intern will report to the Head of Horticulture and be an integral part of the Horticulture team. The intern will participate in establishment and maintenance of new perennial and shrub borders, rain garden and other newly planted areas undergoing restoration. The intern will be expected to work with volunteers and help with occasional events. Greenwood is a small organization – a positive attitude and good work ethic is essential.


  • Perform horticultural tasks such as planting, weeding, mulching, pruning and watering of display beds, garden areas, and potted plants.
  • Ability to prune shrubs and small trees and to shear hedges.


  • The ideal candidate should be able to perform at the highest standards of garden maintenance
  • Experience performing garden work in a public garden or other fine gardening work.
  • Familiarity with local and ornamental plant species and keen plant identification skills
  • Ability to properly use shovels, rakes, digging forks, weed wrenches, hand shears and loppers to complete assigned tasks; experience operating power equipment a plus.
  • Ability to follow instructions and to take initiative; Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Must be physically fit and able to lift at least 50lbs.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license

Additional Information

Compensation: $20 per hour. 37.5 hours per week. March/April-September.
Position Application: To apply: send cover letter or a short statement outlining professional objectives and a resume to: with the header ‘Intern’.

Contact Information

Greenwood Gardens
Contact Name: Sonia Uyterhoeven
Website: Apply Online