Temporary Plant Records Intern

Department: Horticulture
Reports to: Director of Plant Collections

Term: 12 months

This full-time hands-on internship provides an opportunity to work alongside professional staff involved in maintaining the living collection of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The internship is open to both traditional and nontraditional students, including those who are making a career change into the field of horticulture.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Update plant inventory records and plant identifications.
  • Map and label plants; produce signs and accession tags.
  • Gain experience with BBG’s plant collection database in FileMaker Pro.
  • Make staff presentation upon completion of the internship.


  • Current enrollment in a college program (including graduate programs) and completion of sophomore year with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale preferred; enrollment at a college within one year acceptable
  • Successful completion of class in basic botany or introduction to horticulture and at least one class in plant identification
  • Familiarity with plant nomenclature and plant identification, including species names, family names, and common names
  • Proficiency in database software, including FileMaker Pro, Corel Draw, and AutoCAD preferred (training available in FileMaker Pro)
  • Ability to lift and carry loads of up to 35 pounds and have full physical mobility for stooping and reaching
  • Ability and willingness to be exposed to poison ivy, poison sumac, or other rash-causing plants and to biting insects such as mosquitos and wasps
  • Ability to perform garden-related tasks in all weather conditions

Application Deadline: February 15, 2014

Application Requirements: In addition to résumé and cover letter with details pertinent to the position (including work history and horticulture-related activities), please provide two references with contact information.

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