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Category: Horticulture


The Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois

Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Public Horticulture Internships

The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum ranks among the world's foremost public gardens, noted for its exceptional plant collections, beautiful garden and landscape displays, practical research focus, and rich library collections. The Morton Arboretum, located in Lisle, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, is offering two, three-month internships in Public Horticulture from approximately May 19, 2014 to August 15, 2014.

Interns will rotate through most Arboretum departments during the internship, gaining experience in these primary areas: Collections and Garden Curation and Planning and Design, Plant Records, and Plant Propagation. Additional activities include “Experience Enrichment Days” to incorporate aspects of public horticulture not covered in daily work (e.g. the Herbarium, Interpretation & Exhibits, Visitor Services, Summer Science Camp, orientation to specific research activities and projects, Plant Clinic, hands-on horticultural experience, Children’s Garden, off-site field trips or lectures, and other relative experiences).

Applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in public horticulture. Qualifications for candidates include gardening or plant maintenance experience and enrollment in or completion of a B.S. or M.S. degree program in the Life Sciences area (Biology, Botany, Environmental Science, Forestry, Horticulture, or Ecology). The Arboretum regrets it is unable to accept international students at this time.

Intern stipend is $10/hour for a 37.5 hour workweek. Applicants must have their own transportation. Housing assistance may be available. The Arboretum’s extensive library and education classes are also available to interns. Interns are expected to join in the activities of the Arboretum, including special events and visitor programs, in order to experience the full spectrum of the workings of a public garden. The Arboretum requires applicants for all positions to consent to a criminal history background investigation and successfully pass a post-offer/pre-employment drug screen prior to finalizing employment.

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter, internship application, resume, statement of purpose and official transcript to: Colleen Emrick, Human Resources Specialist, The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532-1293. To download an internship application, please see The Morton Arboretum’s website (www.mortonarb.org: Visit and explore – Working at the Arboretum). Applications for 2014 internships will be accepted until positions are filled.

The Arboretum is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

The mission of The Morton Arboretum is to collect and study trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world, to display them across naturally beautiful landscapes for people to study and enjoy, and to learn how to grow them in ways that enhance our environment. Our goal is to encourage the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.

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