Horticulture Intern

Are you interested in a career in horticulture or curious to know what it’s like to work in a public garden? Learn to propagate and care for Texas native plants from a team of horticulture experts and become a skilled environmental steward. Horticulture Interns will become familiar with horticultural equipment and practices while learning about Lady Bird Johnson’s legacy.

The Wildflower Center exists to promote the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers and plants, and it has 279 acres of gardens, woodlands and savannas with nature trails throughout to demonstrate their importance, beauty and diversity.

Horticulture Internships offer undergraduate and graduate students hands-on experience in the exciting field of horticulture. Students will have an opportunity to apply the skills they have learned in the classroom in a public garden, working closely with a staff of professional horticulturists in our display gardens and greenhouses.

When available, interns will have the option to attend UT Informal Classes to broaden their exposure to native plant horticulture.

Responsibilities

In the gardens, interns will assist horticulturists with regular maintenance including weeding, planting, watering, pruning, grooming, preparing beds, mulching and labeling. Interns will also work in the nursery and greenhouses assisting with propagation of annuals, perennials and woody species using seeds, cuttings, division, seed stratification and seed scarification. They will assist with potting, transplanting, fertilizing and plant spacing. Interns will also work alongside and supervise volunteers while performing daily tasks.

During the spring and fall programs, interns will assist with the preparation and execution of Native Plant Sales and other Center events.

Interns will prepare and present a presentation on gardening or a native plant topic or prepare a garden design proposal for the Horticulture Department before completion of the program.

Qualifications

Each intern will be required to fulfill a minimum 150-hour commitment during the times allotted for the individual program to which they were accepted. Candidates must be enrolled in a college horticulture or related field with an interest in garden maintenance and/or plant production. Candidates within a year of their graduation date will also be considered. Interns will be required to perform moderate physical activity such as bending, lifting, pushing and pulling; they must also have the ability to lift and carry 25 pounds and work outside in all types of weather. Please note that Central Texas can be extremely hot.

How to Apply

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

  • Wildflower Center internship application form, available here
  • Résumé with relevant coursework and work history
  • College transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation that reflect academic and work experience
  • One page cover letter stating your interest in horticulture, what you would like to gain through a horticulture internship and why you would like to intern at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center specificaly

Email cover letter, résumé, transcripts and letters of recommendation to Please email applications to Horticulture Volunteer Coordinator, Samantha Elkinton. Please, no phone calls.

Download Horticulture Intership Program


A criminal history background check is required for all candidates under consideration for Wildflower Center positions. The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity at all levels. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wed 22

Sprouts

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Thu 23

Guided Garden Tour

February 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat 25

Nature Play Hour

February 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mar 09

Wintering Birds of the Wildflower Center

March 9 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am