Horticulture Internships

Discounted Programs



October-March, Monday-Friday

The Horticulture internship program offers an outdoor classroom and laboratory for in-the-field training and experience in plant care and conservation. Areas of instruction include pruning, planting, habitat restoration, plant identification, soil management, irrigation maintenance and programming, and controlling pests and diseases. 

Interns work side by side with experienced Horticulture workers to get practical skills and hands-on experience. 

Interns will attend  5 classes as part of their program and complete a Horticulture project to apply their skills and understanding.

Application Requirements and Process

Please Note:


Internship Timetable/Application Deadlines


There are three intern sessions available each year:

*Due to the considerable differences between the end dates for semester and quarter-system schools, allowance is given for individual start dates for the summer session.

Intern Application Process: Five Steps to becoming an Horticulture Intern!

Step 1
Step 2
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Step 4

Intern Orientation: Intern orientations are held several weeks after the acceptance to the program, and are typically two to three hours long. During the orientation you will learn about policies and procedures, and be given time for a self-guided tour of the Zoo. At this time,we will also collect the non-refundable volunteer fees and issue uniforms,relevant guidelines and protocols, and other related information regarding your internship.

Step 5

Enjoy your Internship! Once you have attended the Internship Orientation, you begin training and working with your assigned Horticulture staff member.


Please email us or call (510) 632-9525 x169. 

Email is the preferred form of communication for the program coordinators.