Public garden internship/apprenticeship

Hiring Organization: Filoli
Employment type: Internship, Seasonal
Job Location: Woodside, CA
Application Deadline: May 31, 2017

Filoli is a magnificent 654-acre historic site owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and operated today as a cultural and horticultural center. Features of the 16-acre formal garden include lawn terraces, walled garden, woodland garden, rose garden, sunken garden, bowling green, cutting garden, fruit orchard, knot garden, vegetable garden, native plant garden and greenhouses. There are formal hedges and parterres, rare woody plant specimens, and a 54,000 sq. ft. residence, which houses several libraries and a collection of decorative arts. Over 500 acres of the site remain undeveloped, with pristine oak-madrone woodlands, redwood forests, chaparral and riparian plant communities. 


Formalized training in practical horticulture, landscape preservation and public garden management. Rotate through the five garden areas and work under the direct supervision of a staff of 12 horticulturists. Specialized workshops are scheduled in water management, soil testing, plant identification, shear sharpening, hand tools, power equipment, pests and diseases, garden design and history, and scheduling. At the end of each program, students are tested on their knowledge in these subject areas. Tours of the house, gardens and libraries are also offered and interns are invited to attend educational programs and lectures. 


Planting annuals and bulbs, shearing formal hedges, pruning woody ornamentals and fruit trees, thinning and harvesting fruit, maintaining perennial borders, weeding, mowing and edging turf, fertilizing, watering, using hand tools and operating power equipment, managing greenhouses and container stock, monitoring pests and propagating plants. All students are expected to keep records and maintain a journal, and apprentices work two days a week on independent projects. 


Ten-week internships and six-month apprenticeships are offered year-round, with programs in the spring, summer, fall and winter. Current schedules are posted on the Filoli website: . Apply at least one month in advance of each start date. Up to five students are accepted for each session. 


$10.50 per hour, college credits, free housing offered with families in the local community in exchange for eight hours per week of gardening or other work. Filoli transportation can be provided. 


Send completed application, résumé with cover letter, three letters of recommendation and transcripts to: Jim Salyards, Head of Horticulture, Filoli Center, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside, CA 94062. 

To download the application form, visit the website at:

For more information about the program, call (650) 364-8300, x223, or e-mail the Head of Horticulture:

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