US National Arboretum



The Springhouse Run intern will assist the staff of the U.S. National Arboretum in the planting phase of an innovative stream restoration project that was built in cooperation with the District of Columbia on the grounds of the U.S. National Arboretum.


Description: The Springhouse Run Renovation intern’s work will be coordinated with the staff of the Fern Valley Native Plant Collection. The internship is 3 months long and will begin in March. Weekend work will be required. The internship in paid through a stipend. College credit may be arranged by the student and is encouraged.


Qualifications: Applicants need to have either completed course work or have acquired practical experience in horticulture, ecological restoration or a related field. Basic gardening skills, interest in plants, and the ability to work independently are essential. Although not required, the ability to organize and lead volunteers is strongly encouraged.


Duties & Working Conditions: The intern will assist with planting events and plant maintenance at the Springhouse Run stream restoration site and with propagation and maintenance of materials in the Arboretumís greenhouse facility. The intern will interface with the Friends of the National Arboretum to assist with volunteer recruitment, manage tools to be used for planting events, and assist with plantings. The internship will involve heavy lifting, repetitive tasks, and exposure to extreme weather conditions, as well as include work in and office setting.


To apply:  To apply for an internship, please send a cover letter indicating availability and interest, resume, and transcripts (unofficial are acceptable) via email to


Questions? Contact the internship office at (202) 245-4563 or

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