Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Ecosystem Design Group

Interns taking part in a controlled burn in the Savanna Meadow

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's mission is to conserve, restore and create healthy landscapes. As an organized research unit of The University of Texas at Austin, we have contributed to the advancement of scientific knowledge of green roofs, sustainable turfgrass, low impact development and stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs), native ecosystem restoration, invasive species management, roadside revegetation and urban-wildland interface fire ecology. We also bring extensive and diverse experience from our work on high-impact projects for public and private clients, including national and regional parks, corporate headquarters, urban developments, institutional campuses, river and prairie restoration, state highways and botanic gardens.

Our team works with architects, landscape architects, engineers and multi-disciplinary design teams to optimize the ecological, environmental and sociological function of landscapes. Our experience in scientific research, environmental design, and professional and university education positions our group at the forefront of urban environmental issues and provides the foundation for our consulting services.

The Ecosystem Design Group Internship Program at the Wildflower Center offers undergraduate and graduate students real world experience in the challenging and rewarding field of ecosystem design. Students will have an opportunity to work with design group staff on a diverse range of tasks.

Depending upon current projects at time of internships, interns will assist environmental designers and land ecologists with consulting projects and research including design and implementation specifications, design graphics, fieldwork, data acquisition, on-site research projects, etc. Interns will have the opportunity to work in other departments of the Wildflower Center including horticulture, arboriculture, propagation, plant conservation and education.

Each intern is required to fulfill a minimum 20 hours per week during the times allotted for the individual program for which they are accepted. Candidates must be enrolled in landscape architecture, urban ecology, range management, or a related field with an interest in ecosystem design. Candidates within a year of their graduation date will also be considered.

Schedule for Ecosystem Design Group Internship Programs



Start Date

End Date



July 12

September 2

December 15

20 hours per week


November 7

January 30

May 17

20 hours per week


March 11

June 3

August 9

20 hours per week

Please note that these are unpaid internships. One to three interns will be accepted each semester. Housing is not provided, but assistance locating accommodations is available. Please inquire if necessary.

How to apply
Applicants from both the United States and abroad are encouraged to apply. All applicants must complete and send in the following:

  • Resumé with relevant coursework, work history and software proficiency
  • Official college transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation that reflect academic and work experience
  • One page cover letter stating your interest in ecosystem design, what you would like to gain through the internship and why you would like to intern at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
  • Portfolio of projects for Landscape Architecture students

Email, mail or fax the cover letter, resumé, transcripts and letters of recommendation to:

Michelle Bright
Environmental Designer
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Avenue
Austin, Texas 78739-1702
phone: 512.232.0133
fax: 512.232.0156

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