Horticulture Internship 2023
Tulsa, OK Horticulture

Philbrook Museum of Art is a vibrant cultural institution in Tulsa, Oklahoma that welcomes approximately 150,000 visitors each year. A 1920s Italianate Villa nestled in 25 acres of designed gardens, the Museum features selections from an actively growing collection of approximately 16,000 objects. The Philbrook Gardens include fiver major gardens, five smaller gardens, four historical structures, 17 works of art, an urban forest numbering over 1,000 trees, and Crow Creek, a tributary of the Arkansas River. An apiary, Victory Garden, and “Secret Garden” provide honey for the museum shop and fresh produce for area food banks. The gardens have been a growing emphasis for the institution in recent years but will be a keystone of the museum’s programming in 2023. 

Philbrook holds the visitor at the core of its mission, which is to make a creative and connected community through art and gardens. Philbrook recognizes that integral to our own mission is to seek out, learn from, and support those already engaged in community building efforts. Our own efforts toward creating a safe place for belonging, learning, inspiration, and fun begins with transparency and accountability to our institutional values:

Values: Core beliefs that guide our conduct

  • Creativity: We regard learning, creativity, and the investigation of ideas as a vital, life-long pursuit. We advocate for inquiry, debate, play, experimentation, and collaboration in all our activities, programs, and practices.
  • Wellbeing: We believe art and gardens are essential to the physical and emotional wellbeing of our community. We create and support opportunities for relaxation, inspiration, reflection, exercise, and fun.
  • Relevance: We embrace our role as civic influencers to spark dialogue and promote positive change; increase access to diverse ideas, cultures, and perspectives; champion social justice; and be relevant and welcoming to all.
  • Sustainability: We strive to employ sustainable practices to preserve our collection, campus, and environment for future generations. We exercise fiscal responsibility to ensure short- and long-term viability and maximize our impact.

Internship Overview

As the Horticultural Intern, you are responsible for assisting the horticulture staff with the daily maintenance of the gardens including but not limited to, all aspects of plant health care and day-to-day horticulture operations as assigned by the Horticulture Curator. 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 a 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, Monday-Friday, for a 12-week duration beginning in May. Due to Horticulture programs an occasional evening shift may be required. 

What You Will Do

You 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.  Maintaining prompt and reliable attendance is critical to successfully perform the duties of this internship. 

Horticulture Operations 

  • Plant and maintain seasonal flower displays, perennials, and containers. 
  • Monitor plants for issues and report concerns to the Horticulture Curator. 
  • Perform pruning, fertilizing, disease and pest control, minor irrigation repairs, greenhouse production duties, and other tasks as assigned.
  • Maintain and repair tools and equipment, water systems, and garden furniture and fixtures, as needed. 
  • Report equipment issues to the Horticulture Curator. 


  • Under leadership of the Horticulture Curator, achieve an individual project that contributes to the Horticulture Department’s short- and long-term plans consistent with Philbrook’s mission, vision, & strategic plan; or maintain a detailed journal.  
  • Greet, interact with, and provide information to visitors. 
  • Maintain the security and integrity of the grounds. 
  • Follow safety policies and procedures. Keep everyone’s safety and experience at the forefront.

What You Will Bring


  • Basic knowledge of horticulture science and techniques such as: ornamental plant maintenance, plant propagation, herb and vegetable gardens, disease and pest management, and basic small engine operation and maintenance preferred. Learning is expected and is the purpose of the internship.
  • Basic interpersonal communication skills required for visitor interaction.
  • Must be able to meet physical demands and working conditions.


  • Must be enrolled in or recently graduated from an institution studying horticulture or related field.
  • Valid driver license required.


For consideration, please provide a cover letter and resume.  The application deadline is April 11, 2023 to ensure that Philbrook can assist in securing living arrangements, if needed.

Philbrook is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. At Philbrook, we value a diverse and inclusive workforce. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. 

Salary Description
$14.00 Hourly Rate