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Horticulture Internship 2018

Brookgreen Gardens is seeking Summer Horticulture interns. Interns join the Horticulture staff and experience the daily tasks and responsibilities of a public garden horticulturist. Brookgreen Horticulturists teach interns through discussion-based learning, practical, hands-on experience, and field trips. This internship is intended to give real world training and understanding into the upkeep and maintenance of a public garden.

The internship is divided into weekly rotations with a different emphasis and staff member supervising each week. Topics include annual and perennial plant management, greenhouse operations and propagation, woody plant care, and more. Interns are required to set goals for their internships, which Brookgreen will strive to help them meet. Weekly progress meetings are held to evaluate where the intern is excelling, needs improvement, and whether or not goals are being met.

The emphasis of this internship is to allow students to explore the various facets of horticulture in a public garden setting. Brookgreen Gardens’ Horticulture Internship is pleased to offer an “intern-centric” experience that focuses on the intern’s growth, development, and understanding of horticulture.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • General horticulture tasks include but are not limited to: planting, pruning, weeding, watering, fertilizing, and turf upkeep
  • Working with volunteers
  • Operating and using light duty work vehicles
  • Training, operating, and using small power equipment (i.e. backpack blowers, weed-eaters, stick edgers, etc.)
  • Attending weekly progress meetings to review strengths, weaknesses, and to assess goals

Applicant Requirements:

Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university horticulture or related program, or have recently (within a year) graduated from one. Applicants must be legally able to work in the United States. All applicants must be able to perform strenuous work in heat and humidity with exposure to biting and stinging insects and poison ivy. This is a paid internship of $9.00 an hour with an expected 37.5 hour work week. Applicant is responsible for providing his or her own housing and transportation.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in this internship and your horticultural interests and goals, a résumé, unofficial transcript, and a completed Brookgreen Gardens Employment application. Please apply either by e-mail to Lucy Contreras at LContreras @, format documents as PDF files, and put the subject as “Horticulture Internship”, or by mail to:

Brookgreen Gardens
Horticulture: Lucy Contreras
P.O. Box 3368
Pawley’s Island, SC 29585

No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until March 26, 2018. Applicants will be notified by April 18, 2018 to the internship decision. Prior to beginning the internship, the selected applicants must pass a drug and background check.



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Closed Christmas Day

Please note: For their safety and the safety of our animal collection, pets are not allowed in Brookgreen Gardens, nor can they be left in vehicles inside Brookgreen.
Service animals are welcome.


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1931 Brookgreen Drive

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Off US Highway 17 Bypass, between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island