Summer Internship Program



Leach Botanical Garden is located in outer Southeast Portland, Oregon, on 18 acres along Johnson Creek. A gift to the City in 1980 by John and Lilla Leach, the Garden has several discrete collections including native plantings, ferns and a magnificent over-story of Douglas-fir. Phase 1 of our future development in the upper portion of the Garden is slated for 2018 with an elevated tree walk and the installation of a pollinator garden. 


The Leach Botanical Garden Internship is supported in part through the Gary W. Simone Horticultural Internship Fund established in 2016. 


Position Description & Responsibilities

The college internship program is designed to offer hands-on experiences for persons aspiring to a career in horticulture, public gardening and landscape architecture or design. The intern will work alongside our horticulture staff and volunteers. This includes planting, weeding, watering/irrigation, mulching, pruning, visitor interaction, plant labeling, inventory and collections record keeping and public education. Staff and intern will identify a specific project to work on that suits both the Garden and intern. Educational field trips and public educational programs are offered to help broaden the student's horticultural horizon.


Compensation & Housing

Housing is not provided. However, the Garden can assist with locating housing nearby. This is a 10 week paid program with hourly compensation at current Oregon minimum wage.


Application Requirements

Previous gardening experience and course work in horticulture, public gardening or landscape design are required. Applicants must be currently enrolled in college programs (including graduate) and have completed their sophomore year with a focus on horticulture, botany or landscape architecture. School credit may be available. We are looking for a student eager to learn and grow in the horticultural field.

Students must be responsible, positive, self-motivated and capable of the strenuous nature of gardening.

Successful candidates will be required to complete a standard Portland Parks & Recreation background check.


Application Process

The following must be submitted (emailed or mailed) ALL TOGETHER in one final packet.

A completed application should include:

1. A completed online intern application form
2. Cover letter including a statement of your professional objectives, approximately 200 words (part of the online application)
3. Copy of your resume
4. College/university transcript (does NOT have to be an official copy) showing classes and cumulative GPA
5. Two letter’s of reference: one from your academic advisor or professor regarding your scholastic achievements and one from a current or past employer speaking to your potential as an intern; preferably from within your field of interest.


Please mail or email ALL of the above to:
Courtney Vengarick
Leach Botanical Garden
6704 SE 122nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97236
Phone: 503-823-1670

We are sorry that we cannot accept international (including Canada) applications at this time


Download Application here.