Internship Opportunities
The Garden offers unpaid internships designed for you to obtain academic credit or credentials to fulfill requirements of an apprenticeship or to experience professional development, perhaps in an area new to your career.  Unpaid interns receive free admission to the Garden, as well as discounts at our retail shops and Sassafras Cafe during the internship period.

We offer unpaid internships in a variety of areas:

  • Administration
  • Communications
  • Customer Service/Hospitality
  • Education
  • Horticulture
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Retail Services
  • Science and Conservation
  • Butterfly House

If you are looking for paid internships please look on our jobs page here.


Internships Unpaid
Internships Paid
Current Openings - Unpaid Internships

Litzsinger Road Ecology Center Place-Based Education Intern

The Litzsinger Road Ecology Center (LREC) helps teachers engage their students in place-based education: using local ecology as a framework for studying a variety of subjects while interacting with the community. Participating teachers bring their students to LREC and design relevant lesson plans to use while on site that link to related work the students are doing on the school grounds or in the neighborhood.

Located in Ladue, this unique 34-acre study center encompasses a variety of habitats including bottomland forest, restored prairie, and an urban creek.

Place-Based Education Interns at LREC will be introduced to techniques for using outdoor spaces to enhance learning, develop schoolyard native plant habitats, and engage students with their community.

This will be accomplished as they:

  • Lead small groups of school children in ecological investigations and explorations of the natural world.
  • Become familiar with the ecology and natural habitats of Missouri.
  • Interact with staff, students (pre-k-8th grade), teachers, and volunteers.
We are happy to work with you to meet any requirements necessary to earn credit for the internship. Interns also have the potential to visit school classes, participate in volunteer and teacher enrichment activities, do hands-on restoration work, and complete an independent project, depending on interest and availability.

  • Enrolled in a college program studying education, environmental studies, or a related field.
  • Interest in using the outdoors as educational space.
  • Enjoy working with children of all ages.


Spring Semester (January-May)

Fall Semester (September-December)

Specific dates are flexible within this range.


Part time, 8-20 hours per week. Scheduling is flexible within operating hours of 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday.

To apply, email Susan Baron your resume and cover letter.