The Maybeck Sack House Garden is a unique display garden in the
Berkeley Hills, surrounding the home of architect Bernard
Maybeck, a registered Historical Landmark. The densely planted 1/2
acre grounds include 3,000 cultivars, many of which are rare and
unusual. The garden receives tours and visiting groups and
interesting tourists year round.
Two multi-week internships are offered each year, one in the Fall/
Winter and one in the Spring/early Summer. The intern workday is
one six-hour Friday per week for a total of 48+ hours over the
course of the internship. Experienced applicants may also apply for
paid summer positions which occasionally come available. in 2013
and 2014 we partnered with CPS High School in Oakland to offer a
summer internships to one rising senior.
The Sackhouse Gardens intern divides time equally between work
on Plant database, and hands-on garden maintenance. Previous
experience with database work is important.
The intern should be a self starter!. Garden duties vary with the
seasons, and range from pruning, propagation, arboriculture, and
soil care to design/maintenance of landscape lighting and irrigation
The intern should be enrolled in a degree program. Ideally,
ornamental horticulture or environmental design. 2 years or
equivalent experience working in the field and references. Our
program is designed to provide the intern with college credit
towards the expected degree.
In addition, intellectual curiosity, and a respect for natural,
sustainable practices are important. Please outline these
characteristics in the personal statement and at least one letter of
recommendation. Applicants must also be responsible, detail-
oriented, and have transportation.
..."a garden that exploits all the plantable spaces, and artfully
arrayed to maximize drama..... It sets the bar high for the outer
limits of creative horticulture."
Nathan Smith, Horticulturalist/Museum Scientist, University of
California Berkeley Botanical Garden