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Fall Festival & Farm Stand Staff (10-12 Positions, Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center—8/6/19

Fall Festival & Farm Stand Staff (10-12 Positions Open)

Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center is looking for 10-12 Fall Festival & Farm Stand Staff to join our team! Fall Festival & Farm Stand Staff are responsible for creating a positive customer experience at “Oxtober,” our annual fall harvest festival and Farm Stand. Our popular pumpkin patch and Farm Stand will be open Thursday thru Sunday in Oxtober providing visitors with the opportunity to purchase a variety of vegetables, pumpkins, and native plants. On the weekends we will have additional fall festival activities such as; Kids’ Farm Adventures, arts & crafts, hay rides, food trucks, and live music.

Under the supervision of the General Manager and Facilities Supervisor, Fall Festival & Farm Stand Staff will provide a welcoming experience for festival visitors. Fall Festival & Farm Stand staff will be available to help with a wide range of activities and tasks as needed, including Farm Stand sales, children’s programming, maintaining the property, and more. We are a working farm in peak season and occasionally have the sudden need for helping hands in other capacities across the organization.

We are looking for 10-12 seasonal, part-time crew members to support our Oxtober Fall Festival, primarily on Saturdays & Sundays from mid-September through the end of October. One to three of our seasonal crew members will be needed on Thursdays & Fridays in the Farm Stand and pumpkin patch.


Go to Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center Employment Opportunities Page to apply.

Section Grower, Smith Gardens—8/1/19

Section Grower

Smith Gardens is wholesale nursery that has been in business for over 100 years. There are 4 locations (2 in Washington, 1 in Oregon and 1 in California). Smith Gardens Marysville is a sixty-acre facility with roughly 7 acres covered growing space, and remaining in open field. All production is container and flatted color and perennial crops. 

Job Description

The Section Grower is primarily responsible for daily irrigation, fertilization and misting of crops. Partners with Head Grower to determine crop cultural needs. Maintain environmental controls, assists with pest controls, sanitation of area, and crop layout.

Responsible for 5+ acres of greenhouse or 25+ acres of field; leading teams of 5+people, training and develop staff as well as executing proper growing techniques.

Job Duties

  • Executes routing crop rotation, makes irrigation decision.
  • Understands ECpH testing methods and fertilize PPMs.
  • Be able to identify pest such as Aphids and disease such Downey and Pythium.
  • Performs and leads others in applications of pesticides and fungicides.
  • Identify when GRs are needed while following safety regulations.
  • Understand different climes in greenhouse and able to adjust vents if necessary for the quality of our plants. Identify problems early and trains staff on how to do the same.
  • Interview and evaluate employees with good judgement, within HR guidelines.

 Skills and Abilities

At Smith Gardens, Marysville “WE” put people first and drive on Safety, Communication and Quality!

  • Supports and enforces company policies and innovations, “WE” concept.
  • Willing to continue learning and develop others, be open to new ideas, practice honest communications with all teams, be detail oriented.
  • Willing and able to work with a diverse team, great leadership skills, positive work ethics, self-motivated.
  • Able to work on a fast pace work environment and in all weathers.
  • Able to lifts up to 50 lbs., walking, bending, kneeling, reach above head and side to side.
  • Able to work long hours, weekend and holidays, as season requires
  • Solid computer skills in Microsoft Office and any ag programs.  


3 years’ prior experience in growing, or a degree in Horticulture, or an equivalent combination. Have or obtain a pesticide license within six months. 


Apply online at Smith Gardens/Careers.

Farm Sales and Program Coordinator, Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center—7/31/19

Farm Sales and Program Coordinator

Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center is looking for a Farm Sales and Program Coordinator to join our team! The Farm Sales and Program Coordinator supports all aspects of Oxbow’s farm operations with a primary focus on customer relations, sales, and deliveries. The position plays a role in Oxbow’s public engagement efforts by supporting, coordinating, and participating in aspects of Oxbow on-farm events, CSA pick-up, farmers markets, and hunger relief initiatives. This position involves occasional weekend and evening work. 

 About Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center

We are a nonprofit organization, located in Carnation, WA, just 25 miles from Seattle. Our mission is to inspire people to eat healthy, sustainably grown food and to steward our natural resources for future generations. How do we do it? We grow and sell organic produce, restore habitat for wildlife along the Snoqualmie River, educate kids about farming and nature, and grow native plants to ensure our community has access to the agents of environmental restoration and conservation.


For a full description and how to apply, go to the Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center Employment Opportunities Page.

Display Gardener & Lead Gardener,  The Herbfarm—7/29/19

Display Gardener

The Herbfarm is looking for a part time (approximately 25 hours per week year ‘round…more in spring/fall…less in winter/summer)  gardener to care for, design, re-design, shop for a myriad plants.  We have annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs…mostly edibles…pots, beds, raised beds, indoor plants…lots of variety…about 6,000 square feet.

See the Employment Page of the Herbfarm website for a full job description.

Lead Gardener

Responsible for The Herbfarm Restaurant's 5-acre production farm which grows & delivers high quality herbs, eggs, & produce to our restaurant according to grow schedule created with chef. Animal care. Responsible for on-site display gardens/pots/indoor plants/fountain. Oversite of small staff &volunteers. Computerized tracking of all. Flexibility and willingness to work hard and sometimes long hours are necessary in all weather.

See the Employment Page of the Herbfarm website for a full job description.


Email your resume and cover letter to The Herbfarm. After reviewing resumes, we will contact potential candidates for further information, conversation, application, etc.

Environmental Educator & Volunteer Coordinator, Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center—7/25/19

Environmental Educator & Volunteer Coordinator

Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center (Carnation, WA) is looking for an Environmental Educator & Volunteer Coordinator to join our team! Are you creative and passionate with a knack for program planning, implementation and fun? Have you dreamed of connecting youth to their food and communities to their ecosystems? Do you love to engage with your community through volunteerism? We’re looking for an exuberant, hard-working, and caring team member like YOU!

Job Description

The Environmental Educator & Volunteer Coordinator is a vital part of the Oxbow Education (OxEd) team. They contribute to planning and implementing OxEd’s existing environmental education programs (field trips, summer camps, in-school programs etc.) as well as creating new initiatives, grants, and partnerships. They also organize volunteer recruitment, training, and support for OxEd throughout the year. Other responsibilities include the upkeep of the Kids’ Farm and Living Playground and participating in Oxbow events.


Please visit Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center website for full job details and application instructions.

Gardener, City of Seattle—7/22/19


Position Description

Seattle Center, a department of the City of Seattle, is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time Gardener. This position is a member of a small team of professional gardeners reporting to the Landscape Supervisor; this position works with a team of gardeners in close proximity to the public, performing gardening that is impacted by events that are held indoors and outdoors across a 74-acre campus.

Job Responsibilities

  • Perform skilled gardening and landscaping work in planting, cultivation, pruning and care of flowers, shrubs, trees, lawn and landscaped areas.
  • Fertilize, mow, aerate, top dress and over-seed lawn areas.
  • Utilize Integrated Pest Management, including pesticide applications for weed, insect and disease control.
  • Operate equipment such as riding mower, aerator/seeder, small tractor, backpack blower, edger and chainsaw.
  • Understand cultural needs of specific plants and implement the appropriate landscape maintenance needed for a given site.
  • Work independently as well as a team member.
  • Strong customer service, communication and teamwork skills while working with diverse workforce and a multicultural public clientele.
  • Understand irrigation system components and functions. Monitor and adjust watering schedules based on plant needs.


Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum of two years' work experience in landscape construction or maintenance, or in the
propagation and maintenance of flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees at a conservatory, greenhouse, or nursery (Combinations of education, training and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability).


Washington Public Pesticide operator's license is required after appointment.
Current Washington State driver's license.

Desired Qualifications:

The most successful candidates will have:

  • Two years' experience as a journey level landscaper or gardener.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Experience and knowledge of all aspects of grounds maintenance.
  • Strong interest in horticulture.
  • Experience working with and knowledge of Pacific Northwest plants and landscapes.
  • Knowledge of irrigation systems.
  • The ability to organize work and problem solve.
  • Work Environment/Physical Demands:
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds on a regular basis.
  • Willing and able to work outside in all kinds of weather.
  • Ability to stand, walk or bend for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to work effectively and safely in close proximity to the public.
  • The ability to work within a diverse workforce.

$25.17 - $27.18 Hourly


Seattle Center, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, Washington

Job Type:

Classified Civil Service, Regular, Full-Time




Seattle Center

Bargaining Unit:

PSIE, Local 1239 - Laborers

Closing Date:

August 6, 2019 at 4 p.m. Pacific Time

How to Apply

Applications are reviewed after the posting closes. Submit the following items to be considered for these vacancies:

  1. NEOGOV online (or paper) application
  2. Supplemental questionnaire
  3. A cover letter AND résumé

Your application may be rejected if these items are missing or incomplete. Note, simply providing a cover letter and résumé is not a substitute for completing the application itself.

Applications may be filed online at City of Seattle Human Resources.
Job #2019-01246

Gardener Lead, University of Washington—7/16/19

University of Washington Lead Gardner

We have an outstanding opportunity for a Gardener Lead to perform and lead personnel in specialized grounds duties requiring the skill and knowledge of cultivation and maintenance of trees, lawns and ornamental plants. Salary $3,191 to $4,253/month 

Job Responsibilities

  •  Perform and lead personnel in specialized grounds duties requiring the skill and knowledge of cultivation and maintenance of trees, lawns and ornamental plants.
  • Prepare grounds for lawns, plants, trees and seasonal plantings.
  • Plant seeds, bulbs, shrubs, trees and ground covers.
  • Maintain plants through accepted horticultural standards including raking and removing leaves and litter and removing snow and ice from assigned pathways and stairs during inclement weather events.
  • Monitor and adjust irrigation systems and write work orders for irrigation repair.
  • Order materials to accomplish the work.
  • Inspect projects to ensure compliance with design, local standards and codes, and capture updated as-built records to reflect actual field installation
  • Use computer programs to accomplish tasks, including the work management and project scheduling systems, e-mail, calendars and spreadsheets; maintain work records and write reports as needed.
  • Operate commercial motorized equipment such as automobiles and trucks - including dump trucks, high rangers, forklifts, scissor-lifts, tractors, front-end loaders, mowers, tillers, sweepers and trailers.
  • Operate small engine equipment such as chain saws, string-line trimmers, sprayers and backpack blowers.
  • Use a variety of hand implements and tools.
  • Load and unload materials and supplies.
  • Perform Gardener 2 work as necessary to meet production demands and assure proper service to campus clients.
  • May instruct temporary workers.
  • Operate vehicles such as UW vans and trucks to transport tools, equipment and personnel to various job sites.

Apply on the University of Washington Website

Maintenance Aide 2, City of Bellevue—7/16/19

Job Summary

The City of Bellevue has over 2,500 acres of parks and is nicknamed "a city in park". We are currently looking for a Maintenance Aide to join our Parks Department for a limited term assignment. This position is through December 2019. Salary $18.22 - $25.16 Hourly

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • All general duties necessary to repair, maintain, operate, and install basic city or park infrastructure systems. 
  • Use of backhoes, dump trucks and truck and trailer combinations. 
  • Contact is principally with fellow crew members with public contact limited to direct contact on job site. 
  • Mows, cuts brush, picks up leaves, repairs drainage systems, lays pipe and concrete, performs grading and other landscaping duties, clears storm damage, prunes and falls trees, prepares surfaces for seeding/planting of vegetation, maintains and repairs irrigation systems, installs new landscapes; performs routine carpentry work, constructs boardwalks and trails, implements wetland, forestry, wildlife and stream enhancement projects.
  • Improperly completed work could delay availability of recreational facilities to users.  Improperly completed work could also affect the City's image as well as the health and safety of park users.  Improper disposition of felled trees straddling park and private property could result in significant damage to both.
  • Works under the close supervision of a lead worker, crew leader, or other supervisory personnel.  Once proficiency is demonstrated, individuals in this classification may be assigned to work alone or with minimal supervision.
  • Receives direct supervision while on the job site in most cases, but the amount of supervision required may diminish as proficiency in performance increases.


  • Working knowledge of and familiarity with hand-held power tools and related maintenance equipment.
  • Basic mechanical skills and manual dexterity.
  • Knowledge of preventive maintenance processes, techniques, and procedures.
  • Ability to learn safe operation of the equipment and machinery
  • Work involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee may be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to listen and understand direction/instruction, communicate with team members, and respond to customers tactfully and courteously.
  • Ability to complete work with appropriate efficiency and in a manner that commands the respect of or demonstrates appropriate courtesy to coworkers and the public.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.

Education, Experience, and Other Requirements

  • High school diploma or a GED equivalent, preferred with 2-4 months of related construction or maintenance labor experience.
  • Required to possess a valid Washington driver's license by date of hire. Must have and maintain a good driving record according to city standards. (Proof will be required at the time of interview.)
  • Candidate must pass criminal background check prior to being hire

Apply at the City of Bellevue Website 

Part Time Assistant Gardener, HarpScapes Gardedening, LLC—7/1/19

Part Time Assistant Gardener

We are a small garden maintenance company in the Kirkland, Redmond and Bellevue areas looking for a part time gardening assistant to join our team. 

Job Description

Work will be 5-10 hrs. per week to start with the potential to increase depending on need and season.  Work includes pruning, deadheading,raking, weeding, mulching, digging and planting, and assisting with seasonal and year-round containers.

The ideal candidate will have a horticulture background and/or one to two years of hands on experience with plants and plant maintenance.  You should have basic pruning and plant ID skills. You should have a positive and professional demeanor, be a proactive team member and be able to work quickly and with an eye to detail.

This position requires you have a reliable vehicle and valid drivers license. We often work multiple sites in a single day so ability to get to and transition between sites is a must. You should be prepared to work in all weather, be able to lift heavy items periodically and be able to maneuver safely on uneven surfaces.

We are seeking a positive, reliable individual with a passion for gardening and some horticulture knowledge. If this sounds like a good fit please forward your resume and let us know more about you. We love gardening and love working with others who share our passion!

HarpScapes Gardening LLC

Environmentally Friendly Gardening
(425) 445-7819

Landscape Maintenance, Kensington Heights LLC—6/27/19

Landscape Mainteannce

Small Property Management Company seeks experienced person to help with landscape maintenance.

Job Description

  • Light pruning
  • Weeding
  • Spreading bark and compost
  • Able to lift 25 lbs.

Paula Miller, Owner
1609 First Street
Kirkland, WA 98033

(425) 444-7170

Various, Puget Sound Plants—6/20/19

Various Positions Open

Puget Sound Plants is a wholesale landscape nursery specializing in growing and distributing plant material for landscape professionals throughout Washington State. We have a large selection of trees, shrubs, groundcovers, and perennials available for immediate pickup or delivery to the jobsites of our customers.

Our 35 acre distribution site in Olympia is stocked with plants produced between three off site plant farms totaling 200 acres. Our hard working staff is available to consult with architects, designers, and landscapers to ensure that each project is a success. We enjoy assisting our customers and their clients with plant selections for all kinds of landscapes.

Positions Open

Snohomish – Sales. Our counter sales staff are responsible for providing sales assistance to our customers in an efficient manner as well as building relationships. Job duties include: meeting and greeting customers, placing orders, answering phones, making plant suggestions, and preparing job quotes. Plant knowledge is desired but not essential; we are looking for an enthusiastic, upbeat person who can thrive in a fast paced work environment. Experience with computers required. Bilingual English/Spanish a plus. This is a full time position. Work schedule is M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Snohomish – Assistant Grower. The Assistant Grower will work side by side with our Lead Grower. This is a fantastic position for someone wanting to learn about the growing of nursery stock. Job duties include: IPM pest and disease management, pruning, liner care, fertilization, etc. This position requires a Washington Pesticide Applicators license. Applicant must be willing to obtain one within a year of hire if not already licensed. Applicant must have some knowledge of plants in addition to the desire to learn while on the job. This is a full time position. Work schedule is generally M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. Some Saturday work is required so the weekly hours can be modified to accommodate this if desired.

Snohomish – Driver. The driver position can be tailored to the applicant. Drivers are responsible for delivering plants from our nursery to the customer’s job site. Some days will require an earlier start time than others and some days may extend beyond normal closing hours. Driving is not a full time position on its own, so the rest of the hours can be acquired by working on the Production Crew if desired. Part time work as a driver only would be accepted as well.

Snohomish – Nursery Labor. This position encompasses general nursery labor. Lifting and working in all weather conditions is a daily requirement. Daily job duties include: loading and unloading of trucks, potting, weeding, pruning, general grounds care, etc. This person reports to the Production manager.

Orting – Nursery Labor. This position encompasses general nursery labor. Lifting and working in all weather conditions is a daily requirement. The Orting site is made up of fields and greenhouses. This location is maintained by a small crew, so daily activities vary greatly and tasks are rarely repetitive. Work schedule is M-F but the start time is seasonal (summer is typically 6:30 a.m. but winter is 8 a.m.).

Ted Bilderback
(360) 943-0480

Se habla espanol.

Gardener 2, UW Bothell—6/18/19

Gardener 2

Our UW Bothell, Facilities Services Department, recognized regionally for its sustainable practices, has an outstanding opportunity for a GARDENER 2. This individual will, under general supervision, perform skilled work in the maintenance of campus upland landscapes, hardscapes, natural areas, synthetic turf athletic fields, nurseries, and greenhouses. 

The primary function of this position will be to perform skilled tasks requiring knowledge of sustainable and organic gardening practices and ecological restoration, including the cultivation and maintenance of trees, lawns, exotic and native plants, natural areas, rain gardens, and hardscapes. Skilled tasks include invasive plant control, pruning, planting, soil improvement, plant identification and general care, selective weeding, integrated pest management, propagation, and the use of a variety of hand tools and power equipment. 

Shift: Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Spring/Summer), 7 a.m. to 3:30pm (Fall/Winter) 


  • Maintain high profile display beds and planting areas 
  • Perform invasive plant and pest control in gardens and natural areas 
  • Prepare sites and soils for planting 
  • Mow, edge, fertilize, top dress, overseed, aerate, and irrigate lawns 
  • Perform all tasks related to Campus Composting, including vermicomposting and thermal composting 
  • Plant seeds, annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees 
  • Prune plant material 
  • Plant propagation in the field and greenhouse 
  • Maintain greenhouse and nursery plant material 
  • Apply organic fertilizers, compost tea, and soil inoculants 
  • Maintain synthetic turf athletic fields 
  • Install, repair, and operate irrigation syste
  • Use a variety of hand tools such as pruning shears, rakes, shovels, hoes, pitchforks, and hand saws 
  • Operate power and motorized equipment such as line trimmers, chain saws, backpack blowers, mowers, pressure washers, utility vehicles, tractors, trucks, lifts, and snow equipment 
  • Clean, service, and maintain tools and equipment 
  • Service outdoor landfill, recycle, and compost containers 
  • Pick-up litter, scrape gum, empty smoking urns, clean-up spills 
  • Maintain hardscapes including sidewalks, stairs, pavers, ramps, and roadways 
  • Hazardous Waste Clean-Up: Sharps disposal, Chemical Spills, etc. 
  • Remove snow and ice from areas such as sidewalks, stairs, roads, ramps and parking garages and lots
  • Apply deicer, salt, sand as required 
  • During inclement weather operate power brushes, spreaders, plow trucks, truck-mounted sanding and deicing units 
  • Install and maintain campus signs, fences, rockeries, etc. 
  • Read and interpret blueprints and plans for projects 
  • May direct the work of others 
  • Perform Traffic Control Flagging
  • Assist with and/or perform tours of campus landscape and/or operations for Students, Faculty, Staff and the general public as required 
  • Assist with Campus Events as required 
    Assist other Facilities Teams and/or other Campus Departments as required 
  • Perform related duties as required 

In the performance of these duties, the Gardener 2 will be working outside in all types of weather conditions. Foul weather gear is routinely worn. Personal Protective Equipment is worn as required. Exposure to, and contact with a diversity of plant materials, soil, pollen, wild animals, and insects is routine.

Apply at the University of Washington Website

AmeriCorps Food Educator, Oxbow Farm & Conservation—6/10/19

AmeriCorps Food Educator

Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center is looking for an AmeriCorps Food Educator to join our team! Do you have fun working with kids? Are you passionate about connecting youth to their food and communities to their ecosystems? Are you looking to have an impact on your community? We’re looking for an enthusiastic, hard-working, and caring team member like YOU!

The AmeriCorps Food Educator is the “boots on the ground” that makes it possible to connect kids to healthy food from seed to table. They will plan and implement Oxbow’s Farm Adventure field trips and in-class programs, as well as contribute to spring Kids’ Farm planting, maintenance, and upkeep.

Apply online today!

About Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center

We are a nonprofit organization, located in Carnation, WA, just 25 miles from Seattle. Our mission is to inspire people to eat healthy, sustainably grown food and to steward our natural resources for future generations. How do we do it? We grow and sell organic produce, restore habitat for wildlife along the Snoqualmie River, educate kids about farming and nature, and grow native plants to ensure our community has access to the agents of environmental restoration and conservation. 

Lead Gardener, Britescape LLC—6/3/19

Lead Gardener

Britescape LLC, a small gardening and landscape lighting company, has an outstanding opportunity in our Garden Services department for a permanent, full-time Lead Gardener.

The Lead Gardener is the critical link between the Garden Services Manager, gardens and the crew. This position is responsible for all daily on-site operations including, but not limited to: leadership of crew; coordination of work; quality of work performed; observation, reporting and treatment of landscape issues such as pests, diseases and irrigation; appropriate tasks for season and garden.

Position Description:

  • Lead small crew in maintaining every aspect of the residential landscape including, but not limited to: weeding, mulching, mowing, blowing, pruning, planting, irrigation and lighting troubleshooting/repair.
  • Prioritize and manage projects under time constraints and meeting deadlines while still maintaining high standards.
  • Make recommendations to Garden Services Manager on garden needs.
  • Safely work outdoors in varying terrain and weather conditions while maintaining a positive attitude and good sense of humor. Safely and responsibly drive large company vehicles to and from sites.
  • Lead by example when it comes to safety and ensure crew is following appropriate standards and guidelines.
  • Flexibility in schedule and ability to perform many different tasks.
  • Report to Garden Services Manager to ensure the completion of daily maintenance, special projects, appropriate paperwork, and customer requests.

Position Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills, team player and positive attitude.
  • 2+ years of gardening experience, preferably with supervisory experience and in the Northwest.
  • Passion for horticulture and working outdoors.
  • Able to crouch and bend repetitively as workload needs, work on hillsides and slopes, etc.
  • Must have a clean driving record.
  • Must be CPH or EcoPro certified within 1 year of employment as the Field Crew Lead.
  • Must demonstrate via written tests and/or field tests the following: Knowledge of proper horticultural practices, familiarity with common Northwest landscape plants, familiarity with irrigation systems and controllers.

This is a full time, year-round position starting at $20.00 - $24.00/hr, DOE. Britescape also offers a benefits package including vacation/sick time, paid holidays, health and dental insurance after 90 days and a 401k option after 1 year.


Email cover letter and resume. 

Landscape Construction Laborer, Nussbaum Group—6/3/19

Landscape Construction Laborer

At Nussbaum Group you will have the opportunity to work on the most exceptional landscapes in the Northwest. Our clients include both high-end homeowners and high-profile commercial businesses including Facebook and Amazon.

Laborers make up the core of our Landscape Construction Teams. Our Laborers are hardworking, dedicated and passionate about what they do. They are on site every day and contribute to the success of every project. They are valued and rewarded for their hard work and dedication. We are as committed to the growth of our employees as we are to the landscapes we build. Please see our excellent benefits package outlined below.


  • Hard worker, positive attitude and enjoy working as part of a team
  • Some landscape or construction labor experience
  • Be in good physical condition, able to lift heavy objects and work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Have reliable transportation to work
  • Have a valid WA driver's license


Apply on our website.

Horticulture Internships

Internships offer valuable experience in a variety of fields. Updated weekly.

Internship, Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden—5/24/19

Internship Program—2019 Opportunities

The Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden (RSBG) Internship Program is designed to provide practical hands-on experience in the following areas of interest: general horticulture, garden maintenance & renovation, propagation, nursery management, and retail nursery management.

Botanical Garden and Nursery Internship

One full-time position available in 2019 for up to 6 months with possible opportunities for extension into the following spring. Schedule to be negotiated. Some weekend work required. 

  • Wages: $11.50/hour
  • Garden Management: Learn how to care for a world-class botanical garden, including proper pruning and planting techniques, landscape design, weed control, renovation, irrigation, and plant identification.
  • Nursery Management: Gain valuable experience in the operation and maintenance of a highly specialized nursery with emphasis on propagation techniques. Learn propagation methods including grafting, cuttings, seed sowing and hand pollination as well as greenhouse operation, transplanting, inventory control, data entry and plant identification. Detail oriented and mechanical ability or aptitude helpful.

General Information

The RSBG is a 22 acre garden featuring the largest collections of Rhododendron species in the world. At least 700 species are displayed in a natural woodland setting. Special features include the Rutherford Conservatory, Victorian Stumpery, the Alpine Garden, Hardy Fern display garden and Meconopsis Meadow. The garden is located in Federal Way near I-5 and Highway 18. The garden is supported by the Rhododendron Species Foundation (RSF), an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the study, cultivation, display and distribution of Rhododendron species. The RSF is internationally recognized as a leader in Rhododendron conservation.

To Apply

Please send your resume along with your completed job application form to:

Attn: Steve
PO Box 3798
Federal Way, WA  98063-3798

Or you may submit your documents by email to

If you have questions, you may call Steve at (253) 838-4646 x101

 Garden Intern, Pheasant Ridge—3/12/19

Garden Intern

The 2.5 acre woodland garden at Pheasant Ridge in Lake Forest Park needs an intern this summer.

I will pay $18 per hour for approx. 6-8 hours per week of weeding, pruning, deadheading, composting, grooming, mulching and propagating.  No lawn!  We have mixed borders in woodland with both native plants and ornamentals, some rare. You can do this work in two or more sessions per week on your schedule.  As a former Master Gardener and current Kruckeberg Docent, I have a lot to teach you about practical gardening in the Northwest.  I practice I.P.M. and this is a wildlife habitat garden.

Call me at (206) 364-9263 or email to discuss my project needs.

Carolyn Pauw Barden