Garden Apprentice Program

The Garden Apprentice Program (GAP) at Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a great way for teens to learn about urban agriculture and the environment while working in one of the most exciting public gardens in the world! Apprentices can work their way up the four-tier program, potentially earning a paid position as a Tier 4 apprentice.

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If you enjoy getting your hands dirty and want to work with other teens, GAP may be for you.

Apprentices make a nine-month commitment to GAP, from March to November, which includes spring training, summer programming, and a weekly commitment throughout the academic year. See the tier descriptions for more information and application links. For more information, please email

Applications are currently closed. Please check back in October 2018 to apply for the following year.

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GAP Applications

If you would like a printable application to fill out and mail in, please email us at and provide your name and the tier you are applying for.

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If you would like a printable reference form to fill out and mail in, please email us at with your name and the name of the student for whom you are providing a reference.

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Photos from GAP Participants

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Building a bean trellis with bamboo in the Children’s Garden. Photo by GAP.
Garden Apprentice shows flowering plants to child
Summer bean harvest! Photo by GAP.
Preparing our plots for spring planting. Photo by GAP.
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A fall work day in the Children’s Garden. Photo by GAP.
Planting trays of vegetable seedlings in early spring. Photo by GAP.
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