Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Intern at The Arboretum!

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The Arboretum is now accepting applications for a 2010 Children’s Garden Intern.  This is a tremendous opportunity for someone interested in horticulture, botany, natural sciences and/or education.  He/She will gain valuable leadership and management experience … all while working in the beautiful outdoors all summer!

If you know someone who might be interested, please pass along the below information.  Applicants must turn in a cover letter, resume and 3 references by April 1, 2010.





The mission of the Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens is to enhance the quality of life for all individuals through horticulture.  We seek to enrich life by nourishing and sharing the beauty of the natural world, the joy of gardening, knowledge of plants and the diversity of our world.

Internship Format

The internship will run for 12 weeks with flexible beginning date mid May and ending date mid August.  The intern is required to work 40 hours per week, including some weekend and evening hours.  Compensation is $9.00 an hour.

The intern will work directly with the Director of Horticulture to explore daily duties and activities of a public garden setting.  He/She will also interact daily with Arboretum volunteers and the general public.

Children’s Garden Intern

The Children’s Garden was designed for playful and engaging education, meant to be more than just an active playground.  The garden supports field trips, Arboretum programs as well as stands alone for independent exploration.  The plant material, themes and wildlife should entice children of all ages as well as accompanying adults.  The garden currently includes a Railroad Garden, Dinosaur Dig, Prairie Garden, Compost and Soil Lab and Peek-a-boo Forest.

The main responsibilities of the Children’s Garden Intern will include:

  • Developing and maintaining an annual display to showcase fruits and vegetables of the Iowa garden with accompanying youth programs and educational interpretation that will rotate throughout the season.
  • Incorporating new plant material into the Prairie Garden, catalogue plant material and develop accompanying educational interpretation.


Who can apply?

The intern must be 18 years or older with a strong interest in horticulture, natural sciences, botany and/or education.  He/She must be able to perform physical labor outdoors in all weather conditions and posses a valid driver’s license.

Expectations and Qualifications

The intern is expected to participate fully in the daily operations and activities of the garden with maturity, curiosity and kindness towards all Arboretum visitors and volunteers.  He/She must be self motivated and willing to work as part of a team.


For more information, please contact Mollie Luze at director@cedarvalleyarboretum.org or (319)226-4966.


For more information about The Arboretum, please visit http://www.cedarvalleyarboretum.org.

The application deadline is April 1, 2010.  Please send a cover letter, resume and 3 references to Mollie Luze at director@cedarvalleyarboretum.org.  


See you in the gardens.




Written by cedarvalleyarboretum

February 16, 2010 at 6:00 am

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