Garden & Facilities Manager

The Garden is actively seeking a Garden & Facilities Manager that will be responsible for all maintenance and custodial operations of The Water Conservation Garden, including general daily maintenance of the Garden’s buildings, gardens, trees, systems, and other infrastructure. The Garden & Facilities Manager supervises the onsite facilities staff, and serves in an essential collaborative role with the Director of Horticulture & Exhibits on the maintenance of The Garden. This position is salaried and full-time/exempt. Starting salary will be commensurate with experience and skills.

For a detailed job description, click HERE.  For more information and to submit cover letter and resume, contact Clayton Tschudy, Director of Horticulture, at


The Garden offers internship opportunities to students interested in pursuing a career in education or horticulture. Interns will learn skills from The Garden’s expert professional staff and will gain a strong practical background to support their area of study.

Education Internships

Nature Tour Guide

Share your love for the outdoors and teach kids in nature! We are seeking talented  individuals to conduct fieldtrip tours as part of Ms. Smarty-Plants™ Fieldtrips at The Water Conservation Garden and assist in classroom related responsibilities. Completion or current enrollment in college-level classes required, or prior experience as an educator.  Please see the links below for description of the internship and the application.

Internship Description

Application – Nature Tour Guide


Tuesday Habitat Crew (High School Internship)

Get involved in citizen-science by collecting data from the Habitat Garden and prepare education materials for the Ms. Smarty-Plants™ youth education program. The Habitat Crew meets every Tuesday during the school semester from 3-4pm at The Water Conservation Garden.  Please see below for link to application.

Application – Tuesday Habitat Crew

For more information, please contact Jillian Quint at


Horticulture – The Work Experience Internship (WEX) Program

The Water Conservation Garden’s Work Experience (WEX) program was created to give horticultural and agriculture students in San Diego a place to practice their skills in a supportive and exciting environment. By applying the skills students have learned through their education they will develop a more objective understanding of their future careers.

This internship was developed for students who are enrolled in horticulture, landscape design, or any other related programs. Our approach is to give students a well-rounded view of various horticultural fields and to hone their plant skills. Each student will work closely with the Work Experience Program Coordinator to have their responsibilities align with their degree as much as possible.

The Work Experience (WEX) Interns will work as a team to complete the construction and planting of the pre-determined WEX project for the season. Each student will be assigned tasks to accomplish each week at the Water Conservation Garden (WCG) that contribute to the project. The duration of the internship is 14 weeks or until the hours-per-unit time requirement is met. The WEX intern will be expected to provide support for activities at the WCG that are in addition to the position’s main goals as necessary to meet the program time requirement. Additional work will be determined by the Horticulture Director, Clayton Tschudy. WEX interns are expected to work independently and also as a team. All work experience interns must commit to a minimum of 2 units per semester, equaling 120 or more unpaid hours.

Learn more by viewing the WEX Internship Job Description and the WEX Program Syllabus.

Interested students should download the WEX Internship Application for submission.  Please contact Clayton Tschudy at with any questions.