Horticultural Internship

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Start Date: May/June, 2023  Compensation: $16.95/hr plus free 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.

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 2 ½ acres of historic greenhouse collections.


General duties will include planting, pruning, and watering, weeding, mulching, garden renovation, plant propagation and collections management/interpretation and labelling. 


Send a letter of intent to us stating why you are interested in applying for the internship. The application form and information packet will be provided. Completed applications should include official transcripts, three letters of reference and a resume. 

Additional Information

 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 to network and learn about various aspects of horticulture. 

Contact Information

Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
Contact Name: Michael Ahern
Email: Michael.Ahern@parks.ny.gov
Phone: 516-922-8602
Website: Apply Online