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Volunteer Horticulture Internship

Job Listing

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 the care and maintenance of the gardens, landscape, and grounds.

Major Duties/Responsibilities

Performs all needed horticultural activities, including those directed by supervisors. Activities include planting, pruning, fertilizing, watering, weeding, mulching, and pesticide applications, pest control, garden cleanup, and custodial tasks.

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!


Marketing Intern

The San Diego Botanic Garden will be hiring a Marketing Intern to assist with Marketing and Public Relation activities for the Garden. The intern must be available to start working no later than May 1, 2014 and be able to work till at least September 1, 2014. The intern will work approximately 20-24 hours a week between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday.

The candidate must be energetic, comfortable speaking in public and a self-starter with the ability to accomplish tasks with minimal supervision. This position will allow the intern to gain hands-on experience in many aspects of Marketing and Public Relations for a small business and non-profit. In the position the intern will manage various tasks at once and must be able to prioritize duties. In addition to marketing and administrative duties the candidate will interact and work closely with many of the Garden’s 300 volunteers.

Duties will include:

  • Sending press releases to predetermined media contacts
  • Adding events to online community calendars
  • Using iContact, create email newsletters
  • Enforcing and tracking photography/videography policy within the Garden
  • Coordinate ads with advertisers and verify invoices
  • Create content for social media networks including, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. This entails engaging with the public - not simply liking and posting events.
  • Liaison to graphic artist
  • Ensure website is up to date
  • Track and archive media presence
  • Write article content for online and print publications


  • Experience using many different forms of social media
  • Excellent writing and grammar skills
  • Quick learner, self-motivated, and able to multi task on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Must be able to work independently\
  • Be team player
  • Detail oriented

The candidate will need to have strong writing skills, knowledge of MS Office products, including Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word, and familiarity with social media and content and marketing best practices.

Interested candidates please send resume to with the subject line “Marketing Intern”


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