Internships at Native Land Design

Ben Collinsworth

Don’t tell us — let us guess. You want to be a landscape designer.

We’re not sure what’s up, but it seems every college student in a landscaping program has their eye on design these days.

We love designers. They play a crucial role. But you know there’s more out there, right?

Intern with us here at Native Land Design, and you’ll experience every facet of the landscaping business, from estimating to enhancements.

Want to spend much of your time with our landscape designers? We can arrange that.

But we’d love to show you more.

Chris Rhodes, director of marketing and business development at Native, talks about the value of an internship with us.

Choose Your Experience

Native Land Design employee & internInternships here, which are paid and full time, can work in two ways, Rhodes says, for two different types of students.

— Someone who already knows what they want to do in the landscape industry and wants to intern in that area for a summer.

— Someone who wants to rotate through all departments of the business for a more well-rounded experience.

The Value Of Rotation

Rhodes highly recommends the rotation. Interns will spend time in each of several departments: sales, design, irrigation, maintenance, enhancements, account management, marketing, estimating, administration.

“To me, the reason for an internship is to find out what you may want to do one day,” Rhodes says. “An internship may confirm for you that’s what you want to do — or you may realize that’s not what you want at all.

“Maybe you think you want to be a landscape designer,” he says, “but after you get out and dabble in other aspects of the business you realize, boy, I really like being out on properties or interacting with customers.”

This diversity of experiences will help you, no matter what area you ultimately land in, he says.

“The more varied experiences you have,” Rhodes says, “the better you’ll be at your job. When you’re sitting at your design desk, you’ll have more realistic expectations and really know what goes into the total job.”

We’re Flexible

Native Land Design employee moving plants“We’ll cater the internship to your needs,” Rhodes says.

Start and end times are flexible, he says.

“We want to help you get where you really want to be,” Rhodes says. “We encourage interns to do a rotation, but we also understand a student might already know what they want to do, and really want to experience that for a summer.

“The goal is to leave here with a much better understanding of what you want to do after graduation.”

Bonus: It Could Lead To A Job

“We’re looking for interns who are interested in working here after graduation,” Rhodes says.

If you’re hired, you’ll start out in the company’s management training program.

The full-time, paid position lasts for six months to a year. You’ll learn about irrigation, maintaining large properties, small property maintenance, administrative work, payroll, enhancements, design and more.

This comprehensive program prepares you to move smoothly into your landscaping career as an account manager or in another role.

You’ll be ready to hit the ground running.

So, Who Are We?

Native Land Design sketch created by internNative Land Design was founded in 2001 in Cedar Park, Texas. Offering a complete range of commercial landscaping services, we‘re strongly committed to both the environment and our clients in the office, retail, industrial and community management sectors.

With annual sales exceeding $10 million and a staff of 200 employees, we’re proud of Native’s  continued growth.

We have offices in Austin, Houston and McAllen, Texas.

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Ben Collinsworth


Before Ben founded Native Land Design in 2001, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University. He’s an active member of ASLA, HBA of Austin, NHBA, PLANET, and BOMA. Ben, his wife and their three children reside in the Cedar Park area.

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Native Land Design has reliably been servicing The Domain (Austin, TX) for four years and continue to be attentive and thorough in their care. We are extremely appreciative of their efforts and hope to have a long lasting relationship. We would recommend them to anyone looking for a solid commercial landscaping contractor.

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