A public garden & cultural center

John Nally Internship

The John Nally Intern Program at Wave Hill was established in honor of John Nally, a gardener at Wave Hill whose participation here was integral to establishing the present appearance of the grounds.  Because his intense passion for gardening was contagious, the internship was considered the finest means of carrying on his mission. The program is best described as a hands-on apprenticeship for garden enthusiasts seeking to further their understanding of the principles of horticulture.  In most cases, the interns are seeking a career in the profession and are hoping to round out their education with daily work experience.

Every year we seek interns to work alongside our staff from early spring to late fall for a 34-week period. 



Duties include mulching the garden beds, as well as large tracts of our woodlands; digging and planting shrubs, trees, annuals and perennials; and, of course, weeding beds and watering our many containers in the nursery areas and in areas on public display.  The internship is not for those seeking an intellectual exercise alone, nor for those seeking an administrative position in the field.  This is a rigorous, hands-on experience with physically demanding work in all kinds of weather. 



Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent, and a clean, valid driver’s license.



The salary is $16.50 an hour for a seven-hour workday (not including lunch and break), five days a week.  Weekend duties are required on a rotating basis, weekend time being compensated during the work week. 


To Apply

Anyone interested in working hard in a world-famous garden with a great staff of knowledgeable gardeners, surrounded by a wealth of plants both tender and hardy, should email a cover letter and a resume to Steven Conaway, Assistant Director of Horticulture at stevenc@wavehill.org, or mail him at:

Wave Hill
675 West 252nd Street
Bronx, NY 10471

Interviews will be held starting in January, 2020.


No phone calls, please!

Wave Hill is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive environment for all employees.

January 2020