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John Nally 2023 Internship

A rigorous, hands-on apprenticeship

Every year, we seek garden enthusiasts looking to better understand the principles of horticulture. They work alongside Wave Hill gardeners from early spring to late fall in this eight-month paid 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 designed to further an 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.

How to Apply

The application period is open for the 2023 John Nally Internship. Applicants should complete an online application by Friday, February 17, 2023.

Questions? Please contact Steve Conaway, Associate Director of Horticulture


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 John Nally Internship encompasses a full garden season from April 3, 2023, to November 17, 2023. The work schedule is 8:30 to 4:30 five days per week with some weekend obligations. Pay is $18 per hour.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Wave Hill

Wave Hill is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Wave Hill is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, contact