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2024 TWIG Season will take place from June 12th through July 18th

(There will be a mandatory training on June 5th.)

Internship and Volunteer Summary

TWIG volunteers and interns can work alongside RBG Horticulture Leads in one of our various Horticulture crews for hands-on garden experience.

TWIGs spend most of their time outdoors, behind-the-scenes, with Red Butte Garden staff, other volunteers, and Garden guests. TWIG participants will acquire valuable job skills working as part of a team, gain horticultural knowledge, build references, and learn in a hands-on, unique, and educational environment.

Training Opportunities for Interns (meeting 40-hour requirement) and TWIG Volunteers

Mandatory Training Session for all TWIG participants:

  • Date: June 5th
  • Time: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • Details: This session is mandatory for all participants.

Optional Training Sessions, (required for interns):

  • Wildflower Instructional Hike:
    • Date: June 18th
    • Time: 10:00 am
  • Arborist Brown Bag Training Session:
    • Date: July 2nd
    • Time: 1:30 pm
  • Details: These sessions count towards internship hours and are beneficial for those aiming to meet the 40-hour internship requirement.

Additional Assignments for TWIG Interns:

  • Requirement: TWIG interns are required to complete additional hands-on projects/homework assignments that will take place on your own time.
  • Note: Regular TWIG volunteers are not required to complete these assignments.

Volunteers working in 4 season garden

Internship & Volunteer Responsibilities

Duties include but are not limited to:

Horticulture Crew

  • Horticulture crew TWIGs must complete at least 30 hours through three-hour shifts every week for seven weeks (Weds or Thurs 9AM-Noon)
  • Applicants will be able to apply for whichever day will work best with their schedule, and the Volunteer Office and Horticulture Crew Leads will determine through the interview process if an area may be a good fit.
  • TWIG participants will be invited to attend several other learning experiences and team-building activities on occasional Tuesdays throughout the seven-week program.

Horticulture Crew Shifts Include:

  • First Impressions Gardens – Wednesday or Thursday 9am-noon
  • Natural Area – Thursday 9am-noon
  • Rose Garden – Wednesday 9am-noon
  • Water Conservation Garden – Wednesday 8-11am"



  • Volunteer and internship positions are open to high school students entering Grades 9-12 (ages 14-17, must be age 14 before your first shift)
  • An interest in plants, the environment, and/or horticulture
  • Must be flexible and able to work both independently and as part of a team
  • If applying for a summer internship, please provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher or mentor, and two references

Application Process

Application Deadline: April 30th

TWIG volunteer and internship candidates please complete this application.

After you submit your application, you will be contacted to schedule an interview.