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Volunteer Horticulture Internship

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Part-time Gardener

Compensation: 10-12 BOE

A part-time position that reports to the Director of Horticulture, and Horticulturist. Responsible for performing activities related to landscape maintenance of the gardens, plant recording, mapping, miscellaneous assigned projects, and events.

Major Duties/Responsibilities
Performs all needed horticultural activities, including those directed by supervisors. Activities include regular landscape maintenance, planting, pruning, fertilizing, collections management, watering, weeding, mulching, garden cleanup, and may include pesticide applications, pest control, and custodial tasks.

Assists with plant recording, mapping, and accessioning.

Operates and maintains hand tools, power tools (chain saw, blower, lawnmower, string trimmer), electric carts, tractors, and other equipment.

Assist with the maintenance and installation of irrigation systems when needed.

Assist with the care and maintenance of plants in the nursery when needed.

Assist in the setup and take down of tables, chairs, and other equipment for classes, workshops, meetings, and other special events.

Assist with other SDBG activities and tasks when needed.

Skills and requirements:
Must have a general knowledge of plants and their culture. College level course work in horticulture and allied fields is recommended. Must be a team player and work well with other staff and volunteers. Must be courteous and helpful to all garden visitors. Must be in good physical condition and have the ability to lift and carry a minimum of 50 lbs. a distance of 25 feet often. Must have a valid driver's license.

Special Note:
This position is an entry-level gardener position. Persons in this position are expected to continually increase their knowledge of the Garden's collections, horticultural and maintenance procedures, and the field of ornamental horticulture.

TO APPLY: Send a resume and cover letter highlighting your past experience and your interest in working at the Garden to No phone calls or walk-ins please!


Volunteer Horticulture Internship

Located north of San Diego ½ mile from the Pacific Ocean, San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly known as Quail Botanical Gardens) has thirty -five virtually frost free acres with diverse plant collections and gardens. Major botanical collections include palms, bamboo, aloes, agaves, and other subtropical and Mediterranean climate species. Notable gardens include desert gardens, tropical gardens, Mediterranean climate gardens, and the new Hamilton Children’s Garden.

The internship is a non-paid training position intended for applicants interested in pursuing a career in
horticulture. Interns are trained in horticultural activities including tropical and subtropical plant identification, care and maintenance, planting, pruning, fertilizing, watering, weeding, mulching, and pest control. Other public garden activities may include plant records, mapping, landscape design, and labeling. Activities may include operation and maintenance of irrigation systems, hand tools, power tools, electric carts, and other equipment.

Applicants must have a general knowledge of plants and their culture. College level course work in horticulture and allied fields is strongly recommended. Applicants must be in good physical condition and have the ability to lift and carry a minimum of 25 lbs.

A resume, cover letter, and letters of recommendation are required.

Please send a resume, cover letter, and letters of recommendation to:
San Diego Botanic Garden
PO Box 230005
Encinitas, CA 92023-0005