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2017 Arboretum Horticulture Internships

Posted: January 9, 2017

The Arboretum at Penn State is offering paid ($10/hour) horticulture internships for undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates interested in career paths in public horticulture. This is a full-time (40 hour/week) position with a 14-week term from May 8–August 11, 2017.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

  • Opportunity: The Arboretum at Penn State is offering paid ($10/hour) horticulture internships for undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates interested in career paths in public horticulture. This is a full-time (40 hour/week) position with a 14-week term from May 8–August 11, 2017.
  •  Experience: These internships provide a hands-on introduction to horticultural and grounds management practices in a public garden setting. Interns work side by side with Arboretum staff to manage day-to-day garden operations throughout the growing season. Highlights include installation of the Arboretum’s summer floral display, supervision of volunteer groups, and skills training in the use of tools and equipment. Although most time will be occupied with daily garden maintenance, interns will receive exposure to other aspects of horticulture and garden operations via educational sessions and field trips.
  • Qualifications: Applicants should be enrolled in, or have completed, an academic degree program in Horticulture, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Resource Management, Forest Ecosystem Management, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Contracting, or related fields of study. Applicants should have strong oral communication skills, a demonstrated willingness to work in a team environment, and a strong work ethic. Highest preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrable interest in public gardens and can explain how this opportunity will help them to reach their career goals. Previous experience in hands-on landscape maintenance will be considered an advantage. Some duties will require physical effort consisting of lifting or moving items weighing between 20 and 60 pounds and occasionally moving materials that weigh over 60 pounds.
  • Application: Applications must be submitted electronically via the Penn State Jobs website at psu.jobs. This position is listed as Job #68247. Please make certain to include a cover letter and resume in application materials. Instructions for using the PSU Jobs website are available at psu.jobs/faq. Qualified applicants will be contacted for in-person interviews during early March.