Employment and Internships

"If you want one year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want ten years of prosperity grow trees. If you want one hundred years of prosperity, grow people." — Chinese Proverb 


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Are you interested in a career in horticulture, public horticulture, public gardens, or landscaping? Gain invaluable practical experience working at Wyoming’s only public garden, and the world’s first solar powered public garden conservatory (1977). The award winning Cheyenne Botanic Gardens sits on 9 acres, with over 27 specialty landscapes. It also includes a 62 acre developing arboretum. Interns will gain experience in a wide variety of topics, including:

  • horticulture
  • display design
  • outdoor municipal displays
  • greenhouse gardening
  • pest control
  • children’s education and gardening
  • working with people with different abilities
  • working with community service youth and adults
  • public relations
  • volunteer management

The internship experience will be tailored to meet your needs and interests. Our staff is accommodating, friendly, experienced, knowledgeable and accessible.

Internship Requirements

We are looking for highly motivated, personable, and bright college students or recent graduates willing to learn, and work with individuals from all walks of life. Applicants must be in good physical health, able to communicate well, and have a valid drivers license and good driving record. Three positions are available for each summer year. Qualified applicants are contacted for interviews in February, so applying early is important.


Cheyenne is located thirty minutes from the Rocky Mountains, ninety minutes from Denver and forty-five minutes from three university towns (Greeley, Fort Collins, and Laramie). Cheyenne is famous for its great sunny, dry, crisp summer climate, and is home to the world’s largest outdoor rodeo – Cheyenne Frontier Days . Cheyenne has a relatively low cost of living. Attractions in and around Cheyenne.

Quotes from past interns:

“I feel that the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens is one of the best internships in the nation. It is more than just a nice garden; it’s people living horticultural therapy every day, and most of them don’t even know it. Maybe that is what horticulture therapy is all about.” “Overall the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens has granted me everything I was looking for in an internship this summer and a little more. I will miss the staff and all the volunteers, but undoubtedly will keep in touch and cherish the memories from the Botanic Gardens forever.” “Cheyenne gave me the feeling of a small town with all the resources of a big city. Every chance I had I headed for the Laramie mountain range to go biking and fishing. The people I worked with, staff, and volunteers alike, are all great and each one has touched me in a different way, I will have friends and memories from the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens that will last a lifetime.”

Past Cheyenne Botanic Garden interns have become award winning professors in horticulture, gardening and landscaping business owners, Peace Corps volunteers, senior staff at public  gardens,  professional horticultural therapists at institutions and more.

Accomplishments of some past interns

Melissa Bierman, Horticulture Therapist, Legacy Health

Tina Marie Cade, Horticulture Professor, Texas State University

Anna Cordiner, Design Associate, Lifescape Landscape Design, Fort Collins, CO

Liz Driscoll,  Extension Associate,  North Carolina State University

Arista Hickman, Water Resource Engineer, Dinatale Water Consultants

Anna Mack, Owner, Wild and Cultivated Farm

Ken Micheal, Organic Farmer, Victor Idaho

Jennifer Morin, Horticulture Therapist (see p. 3 & 4)

Nathan Tinsley, Manufacturing Quality Auditor at Pfizer, Canton , Kansas

Julie Warsowe, Associate Director of Education and Training, Alumni Affairs and Development, Harvard University

Are you a past intern? Send us a career update!

For more information about  internship opportunities, please contact our Assistant Education Coordinator, Nettie Eakes  at 307-631-6564 or nettie@botanic.org.