Hiring Organization: Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Employment type: Internship
Job Location: Vail, CO
Application Deadline: February 21, 2015

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. 

Interns may complete a project related to thier particular field of study or one of specific need of the Gardens. Recent intern projects have contributed greatly to our Volunteer and Children's Programs, Conservation and research programs, and garden design. The internship projects and work offer valuable learning opportunities and are also essential for the success of the Gardens.


Internship Responsiblitites

This is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience identifying and cultivating alpine and western native plants in a botanic garden setting. The internship will focus on learning about plant acquisitions, identification, labeling, and documentation of the living collections using BG- base software

  • 3 month position, beginning mid-May through August
  • Monday – Friday & occasional weekend duties
  • Learn to identify a variety of alpine plants, perennials, shrubs, and trees
  • Work with BG Base program to update plants in the collection
  • Assist horticulture staff with some garden maintenance projects
  • Collect seed of alpine and rock garden plants
  • Assist garden staff on research and conservation projects
  • Update and develop the plant label program 
Application Requirements:
  •   Current enrollment or degree in Horticulture, Botany, or Environmental Science related field
  •   Attention to detail and organization
  •   Experience with plant identification and using a key
  •   Experience with BG Base software or related program
  •   Some experience with gardening is helpful
Housing & Compensation 
  • $9.00/hr @ 40 hours per week

  •   Housing assistance is provided close to the Gardens

  •   Personal vehicle not required but suggested 

  •   Fill out application here at
  •   Send resume and cover letter with 3 references to or by mail to 183 Gore Creek Dr. suite 7, Vail, CO 81657 or by fax at 970-476-1685
  •   Application dead line is February 20, 2014
  •   For more info about Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Click Here