Intern - Horticulture

Pennsylvania, United States
Thursday, 23 January 2020
End of advertisement period
Monday, 23 March 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

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Job Profile Title

Intern - Arboretum

Job Description Summary

The Horticulture Intern receives hands-on training in all phases of garden management by assisting in the daily care and maintenance of the Arboretum's extensive
collection of accessioned plants. Specific emphasis is placed on refining practical horticultural skills. Supervisory skills are developed by directing the activities of
volunteers and seasonal staff. The Intern is also required to complete an independent study project under the direction of their supervisor.

The rate for this position is $13.10 per hour.
Applications are strongly encouraged from individuals in minority groups.
The position has a specified start date of June 15, 2020 and an end date of June 4, 2021.
The application deadline is February 14, 2020.
Before applying, please read the additional information and application instructions at:

Job Description



Demonstrate proper planting, fertilizing, and mulching of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees.


Participate in weekly educational session for interns and complete project.


Demonstrate pruning skills using CODIT philosophy and assist in formative pruning of the Arboretum's plant collection.


Display practical nursery digging skills; understand turf care basics.


Learn to properly identify weeds and implement control methods.


Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.




A Bachelor's Degree and 0 to 1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience, is required. A strong academic background
in horticulture or closely related field preferred. Ability and willingness to: communicate with Arboretum visitors; work independently and as part of a
team; work in all weather conditions. Ability to lift at least 25 lbs is required together with a valid driver's license. A full background check will be
undertaken for the successful candidate.


Important Note: In addition to the online application, applicants will be required to provide the following supporting documents:
Cover letter/Letter of intent
Three letters of recommendation
College transcripts


The supporting documents may be uploaded with the online application (uploads are limited to 3 documents) or they may be sent or emailed directly


Jan McFarlan, Education Coordinator
Morris Arboretum
100 East Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118


Further information regarding the Internships and the application process is available at: www.businessservices


Job Location - City, State


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Morris Arboretum

Pay Range

$12.00 - $13.00

Affirmative Action Statement 
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job

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