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Summer Internships

  • Internship
  • Vail, CO
  • Compensation:All internships are paid a $500/week stipend, and shared housing is provided by the Gardens in Vail.

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Summer 2023 Internships applications are OPEN until filled, and will close on January 31st, 2023.   Apply Now!

There are four internship positions available for summer 2023- Conservation, Curation, Sustainable Horticulture, Education

Internships start in May or June of 2023 and are 3 months long.

Internship promotes studying and understanding alpine plants, mountain ecosystems, plant care, garden design and the inner workings of a small nonprofit botanic garden.

Internships designed to promote rock gardening and the use of perennials plants in garden settings.

Internships help the intern to learn and identify a variety of alpine plants, perennials, shrubs, and trees that can thrive and are native to in a Colorado mountain environment.

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Job Qualifications

The right candidate will have a passion for horticulture, public gardens, is self-motivated,   Practical previous experience in horticulture required. Current enrollment, degree in horticulture or candidates looking to continue and practice their horticulture skills and education further.  Passion for plants and gardening with a focus on public horticulture Candidate will demonstrate a commitment to working in the field of horticulture. Attention to detail and organization. The ability to use a dichotomous key. Understanding of plant taxonomy, anatomy and morphological terms. Understanding of the categorization of plant families. Ability to work outside in variable weather conditions (rain, snow, sun UV, heat). Able to lift 50 lbs. or more. Works well in a team setting and communicates efficiently and effectively.