Garden Closed

The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is temporarily closed to the public to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus.

Whenever possible, the USBG will reschedule public programs and events originally scheduled during the closure period. Please monitor the USBG website for updates to operating status. Many resources can still be accessed online, including educational worksheets and manuals, fact sheets and more, and some of our programs will also be made available online. Find online resources at

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

Gardener Kenny Silveira installs yellow Paphiopedilum orchids for the orchid exhibitEmployment 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.

  • Horticulturalist (Supervisory Gardener) - applications close June 19, 2020
    The selectee will serve as the Horticulturist (Supervisory Gardener) leading the Exhibits and Displays Section, supporting the USBG mission by overseeing planning, development and maintenance of temporary exhibits and greenhouse crops and by supervising a team of employees assigned to the Section.

Summer Employment

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.

AOC Summer Internships

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

Intern Asa talks about Theobroma cacao (chocolate) with visitorsInternship 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.