Begonia Internship Position Available

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New internship opportunity at Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Post: M.L. MacIntyre Begonia Trust Internship

Reports to: Will Ritchie, Curator

Start Date: Flexible start date from May – July 2016

Role Description

The National Plant Collection® of Begonia at Glasgow Botanic Gardens is a collection of national and international importance for conservation, research, education and display. The successful applicant will assist the Curator and horticultural staff in documenting and developing the collection. The internship is an excellent opportunity for anyone who is looking to develop a career in botanic garden horticulture, garden management or botany as the successful applicant will gain first-hand experience of curatorial practices, plant identification and have the opportunity to conduct horticultural research.


Labelling & Stocktaking: The intern will conduct a review of the collection checking attributes such as plant health, current location and current number of plants. Plant records will be maintained using BG-BASE, the Gardens collection management system. The intern will also use our new label printing system to ensure all specimens are properly labelled.

Data Capture: The intern will assist in improving plant records by collecting various forms of data such as taxonomic studies, distributions and horticultural notes. Specimens which are in flower will also be photographed and linked to the plant records.

Verification: The intern will work with the Curator to assess nomenclature currently assigned to specimens in the collection and verify whether the plant names utilised are appropriate. This task will involve comparison of specimens from the collection with herbarium samples and published descriptions.

Horticultural Project: The intern will develop a mini-project with horticultural staff to explore an area of Begonia cultivation which is of interest to them. The intern will be able to use the resources available at the Gardens and will be expected to write a short article for The Drumlin (The Gardens’ Newsletter) summarising their study.

Person Specifications

Essential Desired
An interest in developing a career in horticulture or botany
A basic understanding of plant taxonomy
A knowledge of horticulture in botanic gardens and the purpose of their plant collections
Experience with plant collections management software, such as BG-BASE or Iris-BG


The internship will consist of 210 hours of work experience over a period of six weeks. The intern will be awarded a stipend of £1,407.00 after completion of their designated hours.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for the internship please send a CV and short email explaining why you would be a suitable candidate to Will Ritchie <>. The deadline for applications is 1 June 2016.

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