Located at 8,200 ft., Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is North America’s highest botanic garden with a world class collection of alpine and rock garden plants. Interns participate in a variety of learning activities in the Gardens, participate in field trips to regional public gardens and conduct plant identification outings on mountain hikes. In addition, interns gain valuable hands on experience working with the volunteers and learning specific gardening techniques from garden staff. 

Internships are generously endowed by the Frechette Family Foundation.





College Internships


Applications Due January 26th, 2019

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Horticulture Internship Responsibilities

By working alongside Garden staff, the intern will advance his/her horticulture and leadership skills.  2 positions available for 2019.

  •  3 month position, beginning mid-May through August
  • Monday – Friday with  occasional weekend duties
  • Hands-on garden maintenance including irrigation maintenance and arboriculture
  •  Study of alpine plants, plant care, design and garden management
  • Coordinating and training of garden volunteers
  •  Assist with identifying and labeling plant collection
  •  Learn to identify a variety of alpine plants, perennials, shrubs, and trees
  • Work with staff on inventory of plant collections including some plant collections data management software
  •  Assist on large garden projects such as designing and renovation of existing garden areas
  •  Collect seed of alpine and rock garden plants in-situ & ex-situ
  •  Assist garden staff on research and conservation projects
  • Assist with seed propagation 
  • Complete an individual summer project to be given at start of internship
Education and Experience 

The right candidate will have a passion for horticulture, public gardens, and leadership.

  • Practical experience in horticulture required
  • Current enrollment, degree in horticulture or candidates looking to continue their – horticulture education 
  • 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
  • Understanding of dichotomous keys and plant taxonomy 
  •  Ability to work outside in variable weather conditions
  •  Be able to lift 50 lbs or more
  • Works well in team setting and communicates efficiently

Education Internship Responsibilities: The intern will advance their educational and environmental interpretation skills in an informal public garden setting

  • Develop and implement new educational and interpretive programming for children and adults
  • Assist education center and horticulture staff with visitor interaction and education related projects
  • Work with Horticulture staff to maintain garden areas while learning more on the gardens collections
  • 3 month position, beginning mid-May through August
  • Monday – Friday & occasional weekend duties

Application Requirements: The right candidate should have a strong interest in Environmental Education with a background focus in horticulture or botany

  • Current enrollment or degree in Education, Botany, or Environmental Science related field
  • Experience with conducting programs with families, children and adults
  • Positive and creative attitude
  • Attention to detail and organization
  • Ability to work outside in variable weather conditions

Housing & Compensation

  • $10.20/hr @ 40 hours per week
  • Housing assistance is provided close to the Gardens
  • Personal vehicle not required but suggested


High School Internships
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens offers  internship opportunities through Eagle County Schools CareerX Program. Interns will experience all aspects of how a small botanical garden operates. Of the 8 days 3 days will be spent in the Gardens, 2 days in the Education Center, 2 days on event and visitor relations and 1 days in the area of the intern’s choice. Orientation and training as required will be provided. The internships are offered year-round with a flexible amount of days and times and receive interns receive school credit for participation

For more information take a look at our informational flyer High School Internships at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens , or contact /(970)476-0103 x 3, or visit Eagle County Schools CareerX Website

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