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Nursery Internship Programs

Welcome to the OAN Internship Bank!

The internship process is an important step when starting a career. Not only will you create key contacts in the industry, but it is also a true chance to experience a realistic picture of the horticulture industry.

If you are an OAN member and your nursery offers an internship program that is not listed on our Web site, contact the OAN office at 503-682-5089 or by e-mail.

If you would like tips on improving or starting an internship program, a good place to start is the Clackamas Community College Cooperative Work Experience home page.

Currently, the OAN has the following internship programs on file:

Bailey Nurseries, Inc., West Coast Production

Bailey Nurseries, Inc., a diverse wholesale grower specializing in bare root and container grown fruits and ornamentals, is pleased to announce the continuation of our College Internship Program. This program is designed to provide professional education and hands on experience to college students for 11 weeks. This is paid, on the job training that includes exposure to all phases of bare root and container production.

Northwest Oregon is a great place to spend a summer, learning practical applications of classroom education. Weekends may be used to enjoy the marvelous recreational opportunities of the Great Northwest.

The West Coast Production Operations consist of five bare root production farms of over 3000 acres, over 200 acres of container production and 10 acres of propagation greenhouses. The well-educated and experienced staff offers each student a variety of opportunities to better focus on future career possibilities.

These internships (now increased to 10 per year) are open to all students in all agriculture related disciplines, but especially meaningful to Horticulture, Botany, Plant Pathology, Crop and Soil Science and Agricultural Education majors. Preference is given to upper-class students and students needing an internship for graduation.

For more information, contact Alan Wenner at:

Bailey Nurseries, Inc.
9855 NW Pike Rd.
Yamhill, OR 97148
503-662-3244 | Fax: 503-662-3778 |

Carlton Plants , Dayton, Oregon

Carlton Plants is a wholesale grower specializing in bareroot trees (shade, ornamental, and fruit), ornamental shrubs, and rootstocks. We are excited to announce our Internship Program. The program is structured to provide professional education and hands on experience to college students. This is paid, on the job training that includes exposure to all phases of bare root production, from the tissue culture lab and greenhouse, to the field, and eventually to the customer.

Northwest Oregon is a wonderful place to spend a summer and provides a unique opportunity to apply the knowledge gleaned from the classroom. Carlton Plants has been growing in the Willamette Valley of Oregon for over 125 years. The nursery now consists of over 1,800 acres of bareroot fields and approximately 8 acres of propagation facilities. We are eager to share our many years of experience and knowledge with domestic and international students alike. These internships will be most applicable to students in Horticulture, Botany, Plant Pathology, Crop and Soil Science, and Agriculture Education majors.

For more information, contact Sonia Fernandez at:

Carlton Plants
Attn: Sonia Fernandez
PO Box 399
Dayton, OR 97114
Office: 503-868-7971 | Fax: 503-868-7503

Iseli Nursery Intern Program

Iseli Nursery is a wholesale container and field grower of rare and beautiful dwarf conifers, Japanese maples, Living Art®, and other ornamental trees and shrubs.

Through our Intern Program we are committed to providing a hands on work experience to individuals who have a background in Ornamental Horticulture and wish to pursue a career in nursery production. Interns will work in all production departments based upon seasonal needs and ability. The work experience and training we provide will supplement the previous education and experiences of specially selected horticulture students.

If interested contact Peter Gregg for more detailed information, at or visit our website at

J. Frank Schmidt & Son Company, Boring, Oregon

The nursery currently operates on 3,000 acres plus an 85-acre container yard, and a 10-acre arboretum. Hands-on experience in all aspects of ornamental and landscape tree production in Oregon is at the heart of the J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. Internship program. The structured horticulture practicum teaches trainees how the company grows premium quality shade, flowering and specialty ornamental trees. Field trips to other nurseries give an overview of nursery production in Oregon. For more information visit the J. Frank Schmidt Web site or contact Pam Evans via email or phone at 503-512-2280.

Monrovia, Dayton, Oregon

Each year, Monrovia offers students the opportunity to work in production and to learn from experienced craftsmen. This is a hands-on-experience! Work assignments, while varied in nature, will be performed in areas of the greatest need at the time. Time is also scheduled for field trip instruction and in-house seminars that provide interns with further insights into the business. The Summer Program is nine weeks in length and runs from June to August and is mostly intended for horticulture (or closely related fields) students that have finished their junior year.

  • Spend time in all departments: propagation, growing, sales, shipping, research and technical services
  • One full-day field trip.
  • Weekly "up-close and personal" meetings with our various Coaches.
  • Weekly plant ID classes and tests.
  • Work in the field alongside our experienced craftsmen.

Visit Monrovia's Web site for more information.

Oregon Pride Nursery, McMinnville, Oregon

Oregon Pride Nursery is excited to offer an internship program to college students who are interested in a career in nursery production here in Oregon. We propagate and grow a wide range of hardy conifers, shrubs and trees both in ground and in containers on approx. 200 acres. Our paid internship gives students an opportunity to work alongside our employees learning nursery production techniques and plant identification. Please submit resume and cover letter by April 15.

Oregon Pride Nurseries
5380 SE Booth Bend Rd
McMinnville, OR 97128

For more information contact Chris Ames 503-472-9147 or

OSU North Willamette Research & Extension Center, Aurora, Oregon

The North Willamette Research and Extension Center provides internships to students wishing to expand their ability to conduct research in nursery crop production. The emphasis is on problem solving, applied research, and communication. By visiting nurseries and attending nursery meetings, students learn the common problems and challenges facing the nursery industry. Applied research experiments are designed at NWREC and at cooperating nurseries. Students practice problem solving through research and experimentation then practice communication skills to deliver the information they've learned to the nursery industry. Each intern conducts his or her own research project, and helps on many more. Students typically work 20 to 40 hours per week. Pay is based on experience.

Visit the program's website for details.

There is a great internship opportunity located at North Willamette Research and Extension Center for a student interested in nursery production. The student will have an opportunity to work with nursery program faculty who specialize in plant pathology, entomology, Christmas tree production and small farms. The student will gain an understanding of nursery production and research by working with center faculty and nursery professionals. You can download the application. For more information and contact information, visit

The Oregon Garden, Silverton, Oregon

The Oregon Garden is a 503(c)(3) non-profit organization. Applicants with course work or experience in education, horticulture, agriculture and/or biological sciences may apply for spring or fall internships. Application deadline is August 15 for fall and February 15 for spring. Visit their to learn more.

The Oregon Zoo, Portland, Oregon


This spring and summer, the Oregon Zoo will be raising thousands of rare, native caterpillars. We will need help everyday with:

  • Cutting and washing leaves!
  • Washing jars, bins and other supplies!
  • Taking notes!
  • Compiling notes into computer data!
  • Other exciting tasks as they come along!

Check out the zoo's website: We have extended the deadline. Please sign up for Conservation and Research, with attention to Karen Lewis. For more information contact Mary Jo Andersen

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