Horticultural Internship Program - J. Frank Schmidt & Son Company

Ornamental and Landscape Tree Production
Degree Not Required

The Intern Program is a 6, 12 or 18 month program, although we can accept trainees for shorter periods under special circumstances.   Trainees rotate between the farms to experience the different aspect of propagation and production.

Farm assignments are made by the Production Manager and specific tasks assigned by the Farm Manager.  Assignments are based on the intern's abilities, interests and special skills. After work assignments are performed that give a general overview of the operation, interests in particular areas of production can often be arranged.

Specific tasks can include:

➢ Collect, clean and plant seed   ➢ Harvest and store field plants
➢ Collect, prepare and stick cuttings  ➢ Locate plants and identify
➢ Prune and fertilize plants   ➢ Label plant properly
➢ Scout and treat for insects & diseases ➢ Check counts and update inventory
➢ Collect and prepare scionwood  ➢ Pull orders and process paperwork
➢ Transplant seedlings and cuttings  ➢ Unload and load trucks
➢ Operate equipment    ➢ Operate and maintain facilities
➢ Maintain tools and equipment


Applicants should possess or be working toward the equivalent of an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture or related field and have job experience working with plants.  Foreign interns must be sponsored on a J1 visa.

Applicants should be able to:

➢ Identify plant materials   
➢ Prioritize work
➢ Understand cultural techniques  
➢ Exercise good judgement
➢ Work safely      
➢ Communicate effectively
➢ Organize tasks

Interns live in company-provided housing and earn competitive wages while working 40 hours per week or more.  Our convenient location midway between Portland and Mt. Hood provides excellent after-hour recreational and entertainment opportunities.