The Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden (RSBG) Internship Program is designed to
provide practical hands-on experience in the following areas of interest: garden maintenance & renovation, propagation, nursery management, and retail management.
Botanical Garden & Nursery Internship
One full-time position available in 2012 for up to 6 months - Spring through Fall 2012
Schedule to be negotiated. Some weekend work required.
Garden Management: Learn how to care for a world-class botanical garden, including
proper pruning and planting techniques, landscape design, weed control, renovation, irrigation, and plant identification.
Nursery Management: Gain valuable experience in the operation and maintenance of a highly specialized nursery with emphasis on propagation techniques. Learn propagation methods including grafting, cuttings, seed sowing and hand pollination as well as greenhouse operation, transplanting, inventory control, data entry and plant identification. Detail oriented and mechanical ability or aptitude helpful.
Retail Management Internship
One 8-week position available Spring 2012
Part-time (24 hours/week – Schedule can be negotiated; however, at least one day must be on the weekend – prefer both weekend days, if possible)
Learn how to manage the RSBG Plant Sales Pavilion including pricing, displaying plant material, maintaining and stocking sales facility, creating labels and signage, supervising volunteer assistants and customer service. Enthusiastic self-starter sought.
The above two internships could possibly be combined.
The RSBG is a 22 acre garden featuring one of the largest collections of Rhododendron
species in the world. At least 6,000 forms of over 500 species are displayed in a natural woodland setting. Additional plant collections include ferns, maples, heathers, bamboo, alpines and the Rutherford Conservatory. Special features include the Victorian Stumpery, the Alpine Garden, Pond Garden, Hardy Fern display garden and Meconopsis Meadow. The garden is located in Federal Way near I-5 and Highway 18. The garden is supported by the Rhododendron Species Foundation (RSF), an
independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the study, cultivation, display and distribution of Rhododendron species. The RSF is internationally recognized as a leader in Rhododendron conservation. To find out more about our organization, please visit our web site at www.rhodygarden.org
To apply, please contact Steve Hootman at (253) 838-4646 or firstname.lastname@example.org