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 


Are you interested in a career in horticulture, public horticulture, landscaping or horticultural therapy? Work in Wyoming’s only public garden and the first solar powered botanic garden conservatory in the world (since 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 gain a wide variety of experiences including:

  • basic horticulture
  • display design
  • outdoor municipal displays
  • horticulture therapy
  • greenhouse gardening
  • landscape maintenance
  • pest control
  • work in the award-​​winning Children’s Village (which has an emphasis on sustainability)
  • public relations
  • volunteer management

Let us know your interests and we will try to tailor your experience. You will work with friendly, experienced, knowledgeable and accessible staff.  The pay is not great, but the experience will pay you back the rest of your career.

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We are looking for highly motivated candidates willing to learn, along with individuals who are personable and bright college students or recent graduates who can work well with all walks of life. Applicants must be in good physical health, able to communicate well with diverse people and have a valid drivers license with good driving record. Three positions are available for the 2013 year. There might be occasional short term openings anytime during the current year. Cheyenne is only 30 minutes to Rocky Mountain trails, lakes and waterfalls. It is located ninety minutes north of Denver and 45 miles to three university towns (Greeley, Fort Collins and Laramie). Cheyenne is famous for its great sunny, dry, crisp summer climate. It is home of the largest outdoor rodeo – Cheyenne Frontier Days (10 days of western oriented celebration, music, events and rodeo). Cheyenne has a relatively low cost of living. Click here to view 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 gone on to become award winning professors in horticulture, run their own gardening and landscaping businesses, joined the Peace Corps, taken senior positions at larger public botanic gardens, employed as professional horticultural therapists at institutions and more.

Read about accomplishments of past interns who worked at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens

Past intern who found a career in Horticultural Therapy in Maine (see p. 3 & 4)

Past intern with a career in public gardens in Boston

Past intern with career in Horticulture Therapy in Portland, OR

Past intern with career as Horticulture professor at TSU in San Marcos TX

Past intern with extension service in North Carolina

Past intern running a small farm in Massachusetts

Past intern (Arista Hickman) is a water resource engineer

Are you a past intern? Let us know what you are doing!

For more information about this internship opportunities, please contact Tyler Mason at 307−637−6349 or tyler@​botanic.​org. Most positions are filled in mid-​​winter to early spring.