Denver Botanic Gardens

Apply now for an internship beginning in Horticulture Therapy at the Denver Botanical Gardens. Two internships will be offered next year, one from February through July and the second from June through November of 1997.

Denver Botanic Gardens' horticultural therapy program announces a six-month internship in horticulutural therapy for college students. Denver Botanic Gardens is an urban botanical garden, headquartered on 21 acres within two miles of downtown Denver.

The horticultural therapy program at the Gardens encourages human service organizations to use horticultural therapy so that more people can reap its benefits. It also promotes a greater awareness of the therapeutic value and adaptive qualities of horticulture. The program provides resources for facilities that have horticultural therapy and those that wish to introduce horticultural therapy and demonstrates and teaches the use of horticulture as a therapeutic tool.

The internship in horticultural therapy is a practical internship that provides the opportunity to work side by side with the professional staff and volunteers as well as independently in the daily operation of the horticultural therapy program.

Work experience includes general plant maintenance, leading special populations in horticultural therapy activities and working with volunteers and the public in an educational setting. Vocational training for people with disabilities, leading tours for sensory stimulations and to show adaptive garden design, consulting with local agencies for program development, writing/preparing educational materials, and evaluating and developing programs. Opportunities to take advantage of the wide resources available at the Gardens are encouraged and students may participate in field trips, lectures and demonstrations.

Stipend: Interns receive a taxable stipend of $5,000 for the six-month term. Neither room nor board is provided. The work week is generally 40 hours.

Qualifications: Coursework in horticulture, horticultural therapy, social services, or related field preferred. Motivated, self-starter willing to work with a variety of special groups. Must be enrolled in Horticultural therapy (or a related field with an interest in HT), and have experience in gardening.

Applicationdeadline is October 31, 1996 and February 28, 1997.