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Temp Summer Horticulture/Garden Intern

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The JC Raulston Arboretum is a nationally acclaimed garden with one of the largest and most diverse collections of landscape plants adapted for landscape use in the Southeast. Plants especially adapted to Piedmont North Carolina conditions are collected and evaluated in an effort to find superior plants for use in southern landscapes.It is part of the NC State University’s campus and offers a unique opportunity for students to study and enjoy this diverse collection of plants. Part of the Arboretum’s mission is to provide educational experiences to the general public, students of all ages, and the green industry.

This paid summer internship allows students the chance to gain hands-on, valuable experience while having fun in the Arboretum’s gardens!

Internship will run from May 15-August 11, 2023

Is Time Limited


If Yes, Appointment Length

3 months

Job City & State

Raleigh, NC



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Temp Summer Horticulture/Garden Intern

Work Schedule

32-40 hrs per week, Monday-Friday, some weekends

Other Work/Responsibilities

  • n/a

Minimum Experience/Education

  • Full-time undergraduate student in a 2-year or  4-year college program, preferably majoring in horticulture, landscape design, botany or other plant related sciences (students who graduate in Spring 2023 are eligible)

Department Required Skills

  • Experience working in the landscape maintenance field, greenhouse, nursery, estate management or public horticulture
  • Creative, energetic personality with joyful, sincere interest in working in an outdoor setting
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Must be able to work effectively as part of the Arboretum staff as well as with an eclectic group of Arboretum Volunteers, Arboretum Members and Visitors
  • Physical ability to lift heavy materials ~ 30lbs (plants, soil, hoses, etc.) and operate garden equipment
  • Follow and complete instructions and work with common safety practices to protect yourself as well as fellow Arboretum staff

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education

  • Experience in a greenhouse, garden center or public garden and/or coursework in botany or other plant related sciences.

Required License or Certification

  • CPR/First Aid certified or ability to be certified
  • Valid driver’s license 

Valid NC Driver's License required?


Commercial Driver's License Required?


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NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or workatncstate@ncsu.edu.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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