Horticulture Internship

Posted on 03/23/2020

Horticulture Internship
Philbrook Museum of Art – Application Deadline: April 11, 2020

Set within a twenty-five acre site three miles from downtown Tulsa, Philbrook's main campus is a unique combination of historic house, modern museum complex, and beautifully gardened property. In 2013, the Museum expanded with the opening of Philbrook Downtown - a 30,000 sq. ft. satellite facility located in the heart of Tulsa's vibrant Brady Arts District.

Distinguished by nationally recognized collections, facilities, and gardens, it is the premier cultural institution in the city of Tulsa and a statewide leader in the cultural life of Oklahoma.

Internship Overview
Philbrook Museum of Art is offering a Horticulture Internship to a Horticulture Student or recent Graduate. This position is responsible for assisting the horticulture staff with the daily maintenance of the gardens as assigned by the Manager. The Intern will be required to complete either a special garden project or maintain a garden journal. The Internship is intended to supplement the learning experience directly in relation to the field of study, and the applicant should be currently enrolled in or recently graduated with a Horticulture Science degree or related degree. Previous experience in gardening is preferred and the Intern should enjoy physical outdoor work in the Oklahoma climate. The Internship is paid and expected to work 35 hours a week for a 12 week duration beginning in May.


  1. The intern will rotate through the various gardens and gain skills in areas such as weeding, watering, pruning, deadheading, mulching, IPM, and plant identification; in addition to learning other aspects of maintaining a display garden.
  2. Plant and maintain seasonal flower displays, perennials, and containers. Perform pruning, fertilizing, disease and pest control, greenhouse production duties, and other tasks as assigned in a safe manner.
  3. Maintain tools and equipment, water systems to include irrigation, and garden furniture and fixtures, as needed and in a safe manner. Report issues to the Garden Manager and Head Gardener. Maintain garden restrooms on a daily basis.
  4. Clean and remove debris from parking lots, walkways, and other paved areas in a safe manner.
  5. Greet, interact with, and provide information to visitors. Maintain the security and integrity of the grounds and museum. Abide by garden safety policies and procedures.
  6. Maintain prompt and reliable attendance in order to successfully perform the duties of the job.

Required Qualifications

  • Basic knowledge of horticulture science and techniques including arboriculture, ornamentals, propagation, landscape management, turf care, disease and pest management, and basic small engine operation and maintenance desired. Learning is expected and required for the program.
  • Basic interpersonal communication skills required for interface with Museum visitors


  • Must be enrolled in or have recently graduated from a horticulture science field of study or related field.
  • Valid Driver License

Garden Information
The Philbrook gardens were designed in 1926 by Hare and Hare, a landscape architecture firm from Kansas City, Missouri, and were completed in 1927. The formal gardens are largely styled after Italian gardens, known for their visual focal points. In keeping with custom of the Renaissance villa the most geometrical designs are closest to the house. The formal patterns relax as the gardens move into the distance. A series of water elements define the gardens, signaling the transition from formal to informal spaces. The grounds consist of 25 acres housing five major gardens, three smaller gardens, four historical structures, and an urban forest numbering over 1,000 trees. The Secret Garden is maintained to provide fresh herbs and vegetables to our restaurant. The gardens were renovated in 2004 and in 2018 bee hives and a log cabin were added to the grounds.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, letter of reference via e-mail to [email protected]. Application deadline is April 11th to ensure that Philbrook can assist with securing summer living arrangements if needed.