Opening/ Closure Status

All outdoor gardens are currently open. The Conservatory and public restrooms remain closed, due to the closure of the U.S. Capitol campus buildings. Please monitor for updates on operating status. USBG resources can be accessed online, including educational materials, virtual tours, and online programs by visiting

Opportunities at the U.S. Botanic Garden (Jobs and Internships)

A gardener pauses while working at the U.S. Botanic GardenEmployment Opportunities


Job openings can be researched online at the Architect of the Capitol website. Positions are listed under the Architect of the Capitol, the administering agency for the U.S. Botanic Garden.

Summer Employment

AOC Summer Internships

AOC internship opportunities are offered through both the Horticulture and the Public Programs Divisions. To research these opportunities please visit and Gardener Santos repots a cactus*These positions are paid and mainly available during the summer.

Watch this video for tips about how to apply for USBG internships through the Architect of the Capitol summer internship program:

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There are no HOPS Interships for 2021, however you can click below for background and information for future years.

These positions assist USBG Staff in facilitating the Hands on Plant Science (HOPS) Program for DC youth between the ages of 7-12. This two-week program takes place outside in the National Garden. Program staff will gain plant science teaching skills and knowledge, with a special emphasis on hands-on learning.

Intern Asa talks about Theobroma cacao (chocolate) with visitorsEducational Internship Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in interning at the United States Botanic Garden! High School and College / Graduate Internships are closed at this time. Please check back in fall 2020 for possible openings.

High School

These positions offer high school students the opportunity to gain plant and environmental teaching skills through the facilitation of hands-on educational modules and programs at the United States Botanic Garden. *These positions are unpaid. Must be at least a rising high school junior to apply.

  • Fall Public Programs Internship
  • Spring Public Programs Internship

College / Graduate

  • College Education Intern
    Interns will gain experience in plant and environmental education, with a special emphasis on hands-on learning. Selected interns will work with USBG staff to complete a specialized educational project that meets their career and course objectives. *Positions are unpaid. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
    Due: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the United States Botanic Garden! Please see our Volunteer page to learn more about becoming a volunteer.