The Garden is a fun, beautiful, healthy environment that always welcomes volunteers in a number of capacities.

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Farm in the Garden Camp

Assistant Educator


Farm in the Garden Camp is a day camp for children ages 5-14. It is held on the beautiful grounds of the Berkshire Botanical Garden in historic Stockbridge, MA. Campers care for farm animals, harvest food they grow themselves, and participate in a wide range of activities: bottle-feeding lambs, making cheese, running a farm stand, fiber crafts, baking treats with eggs collected from the chicken coop, extracting honey from our beehives, and much more. The camp is small by design, with just 25 students attending each week-long session.

The Assistant Educator will be responsible for co-leading (along with the Lead Educator) a group of children ages 5-7 or 8-10. He or she will support the Lead Educator in all aspects of camp life. Assistant Educators participate in morning circle; run animal, craft, and gardening activities; oversee snack and lunch time; communicate behavior or medical issues to the Camp Director; and generally act as an adult presence and one of the leaders of their group throughout the camp day. Outside of the camp’s standard farm-based curriculum, there is an opportunity built into each camp day for the Assistant Educator to lead an activity that they design themselves. Past activities include ponding, cooking favorite recipes, creating a play, branch weaving, flower pressing, and many others.  Assistant Educators will work alongside one Lead Educator and one or two teenage Counselors in Training (CITs), as well as a handful of adult activity volunteers. The Assistant Educator will report to the Camp Director.

The position runs for seven weeks: a mandatory week of staff training and six weeks of camp. The workday is Monday-Friday, 8:30am until 3:30pm. The salary is $10/hour, 35 hours/week. The position begins on Monday, June 20, 2016 and ends on Friday, August 5, 2016.


Previous experience working with children required; crafts, gardening, and farming experience preferred. The candidate must be highly responsible, self-motivated, flexible, and capable of working outside all day. A successful candidate will have an abundance of patience for working with children as well as a good sense of humor and strong work ethic. The candidate must acquire CPR/First Aid certification before the first day of camp (June 27, 2016) and pass a background check. To comply with state regulations, the candidate must be 18 years of age or older by June 27, 2016.


Please submit a cover letter and resume to Chris Wellens, Camp Director, at cwellens@berkshirebotanical.org. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


Horticultural College Intern


The college internship program is designed to offer hands-on experience at a botanical garden for persons aspiring to a career in horticulture, public gardening and landscape architecture or design.  Interns work with horticulture staff and volunteers in all phases of public garden maintenance and development.  This includes planting, weeding, watering, mulching, pruning, and interacting with visitors.  Students may also become involved in special projects such as accession records, garden inventories, plant signage, or flower arranging. Intern training sessions, public educational programs, and staff field trips are offered to help broaden the students’ horticultural horizon.
Summer internships are 12 weeks, 40 hours per week.  The Internships usually start mid to end of May. The program includes housing and a stipend of $8.00/hr. The deadline for applying for a 2016 internship is March 1, 2016.


Previous gardening experience and course work in horticulture, public gardening or landscape design are required.  Junior and senior undergraduate students applying for college credit are preferred.  Students must be responsible, self-motivated and capable of the strenuous nature of gardening. Please submit an application and a cover letter, which can be found on the Garden’s website at www.berkshirebotanical.org

Download your printable Intern-Application-Form


Berkshire Botanical Garden Summer College Interns 2011
Horticulture Interns Alex Heilman, Germaine Persinger and Olivia Oberle
take five in the Fruit Garden.
See what our past interns have much to say about their experiences
at the Garden!
I am left with nothing but positive things from my internship at Berkshire Botanical Garden. Not only did I learn garden maintenance and many plant names, I discovered my interest in watching the plants grow and change throughout the summer. I also learned about implementing design and which elements enrich the visitor’s experience of the garden. I am so grateful to have spent my summer outdoors working alongside a great group of people. No matter what I end up doing career-wise, I will use what I have learned from this internship for the rest of my life.—Alex Heilman Doing an internship at the Berkshire Botanical Garden gave me the opportunity to observe the importance of a public garden. Rotating in various areas of the garden each day was especially informative and showed me which aspects of gardening I enjoy the most. The people were great to work with because they were both patient and relaxed, contributing to the calm a garden should have. I’m grateful for the fulfilling experience.—Germaine Persinger


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