The San Diego Botanic Garden is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.
Director of Horticulture
San Diego Botanic Garden is a 37.5 acre public garden located in Encinitas, with views of the Pacific Ocean and a virtually frost-free climate. Quail Botanical Gardens Foundation is a 501c (3) nonprofit organization that manages the San Diego Botanic Garden on long term leases from the County of San Diego and the City of Encinitas. It has an annual operating budget for 2017/2018 of about $2.6 million dollars and a staff of 34 full and part-time employees. The Garden has a growing number of annual visitors, which last year was about 250,000.
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