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Rock Alpine Garden Curation and Mapping Intern

Denver Botanic Gardens

Posted December 5, 2022

About Denver Botanic Gardens: Green inside and out, Denver Botanic Gardens was founded in 1951 and is considered one of the top botanical gardens in the United States and a pioneer in water conservation. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, The Gardens has a robust living plant collection, natural history collection and art collection along with temporary art exhibitions. The Gardens is a dynamic, 24-acre urban oasis in the heart of the city, offering unforgettable opportunities to flourish with unique garden experiences for the whole family – as well as world-class exhibitions, education, and plant conservation research programs.

For more information, visit us online at www.botanicgardens.org.

Denver Botanic Gardens is currently seeking a Rock Alpine Garden Curation and Mapping Intern in our Horticulture Department! Read below to see if the requirements might be a good fit for you:

To be considered, please submit your application before Monday, February 6th, 2023.

Position Summary and Goals: Continue mapping and updating accessions of the rock alpine garden and gaining hands on experience with the upkeep of a living collection.

Background: Since 2006, Plant Records and Mike Kintgen have been updating inventories and mapping the Rock Alpine Garden plant collection. Due to the continual number of accessions added on a yearly basis in the Rock Alpine Garden, there is a backlog of plants that need to be mapped. Additionally, inventories and associated maps can always be cleaned up and adjusted for accession deaths and for plants naturally moving around in the garden. Part of the project will also include hands-on time working in the Rock Alpine Garden, developing skills of caring for and working with a living alpine collection. Denver Botanic Gardens holds the accredited National Plant Collection for Alpines of the World through the American Public Garden Association. Work done through this internship will help with updating inventory data for this important plant collection.


Internship Highlights:

Interns will take part in field trips, lectures, and group projects. We at Denver Botanic Gardens feel strongly that there is no substitute for hands-on learning so in addition to the project and participating in the learning opportunities, interns are expected to work alongside their mentors and other horticulturists in the Gardens.

This will include participating in the daily activities associated with public garden maintenance – weeding, watering, planting, accessioning, preparing for special events, etc.

The goal of the internship is to provide an overview of public horticulture as well as useful experience in a specific area which can help students define their interests in horticulture.

As a member of DBG’s staff, interns will participate in employee meetings and other day-to-day operations and will be subject to all DBG employment policies.

In Denver temperatures can reach a sizzling 100° in mid-summer, while temperatures at our Mt. Goliath site can drop into the 50’s. Humidity is very low here, however, there are occasional days of rain or drizzle. Interns should be prepared to work in these environmental extremes as the work site is primarily outdoors.

Regular attendance at the worksite may be required. As with all positions at Denver Botanic Gardens, the incumbent must be in good performance standing to be eligible for remote work. Remote work is at the discretion of management at all times.

All Gardens employees must be committed to the mission of connecting people with plants, especially plants from the Rocky Mountain region and similar regions around the world, providing delight and enlightenment to everyone.

General Duties and Responsibilities/Deliverables:

  • Map and update beds throughout the Rock Alpine Garden.
  • Update accession list to reflect deaths and additions.

Skills that will be learned or refined:

  • BG-Base and BG-Map
  • Plant identification with a focus on rock alpine plants
  • Hands-on care and maintenance of a living collection

Horticultural knowledge that will be learned and how this project will link classroom theory with practical experience:

The Rock Alpine Garden, with almost 3,000 species of plants, is a natural place to teach plant identification along with the curatorial skills of caring for living collections and how to best display the collection to the public.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Candidates must be currently authorized to work in the United States
  • Candidates must be currently enrolled in an academic program or have graduated within the last six months.
  • Applicants must upload a job application, resume, cover letter, transcript(s) and two reference letters to be considered.
  • Must have proven excellent customer service, interpersonal, and communication skills in dealing with the public.
  • Ability to maintain stability under pressure and able to deal well with stressful situations.
  • Ability to be flexible and willing to modify plans when necessary, throughout the day.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends and/or holidays.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Suite products, specifically Word, Excel and Outlook and Teams.
  • Ability to work overtime as necessary.
  • Must be a positive representative of the Gardens both internally and externally at all times.
  • Must work with respect and cooperation at all times with fellow employees and the public.
  • Must be committed to working safely at all times.

Mentor Profiles:

Mike Kintgen

I have been passionate about plants since a very young age and involved in DBG from a rather young age as well. My interests are alpine and rock garden plants but extend to almost anything that has chlorophyll. I have a BS in Landscape Horticulture from CSU and am currently involved in the North American Rock Garden Society, American Penstemon Society and several other national and international plant societies. I’m a popular lecturer both nationally and internationally. Recently I completed a masters in Alpine Ecology at Regis University and have been trying to link in ecology to making our collection better represent natural ecosystems.

Cindy Newlander is Associate Director of Horticulture and leads the Plant Records team. In this role she has strived to inventory, map and label DBG’s diverse plant collections since 2002, while also improving the database to allow for sharing of plant collections data to the public through the Gardens Navigator website. She holds an MS in Public Horticulture from the University of Delaware’s Longwood Graduate Program and a BS in Horticulture with a Landscape Design option from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Holly Haynes is the Plant Mapping Coordinator and has been with Denver Botanic Gardens since 2018. She completed her AAS in Horticulture & Landscape Technologies from Front Range Community College, after her internship with the Plant Records team at Denver Botanic Gardens, and holds a BFA from University of North Texas. She previously worked for a design/build firm in the Colorado Front Range.


· Effective immediately, Denver Botanic Gardens will require new employees to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or request a variance for medical or religious reasons (please contact Human Resources for the necessary forms if you wish to apply for an exemption).  Please provide proof of your vaccination to orientation.

To be considered, please submit your application before Monday, February 6th, 2023.

Come work for a place that offers you SO much more than just a paycheck!

Compensation: $17.85 per hour

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