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Plant Records Internship
Category: Horticulture

The Holden Arboretum
Willoughby, OH

Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014

Plant Records Internship

Holden Arboretum is located in the hills of Northeast Ohio’s Lake and Geauga counties (just outside Cleveland) and is one of the largest arboreta in the United States, encompassing over 3,600 acres of cultivated gardens, woody plant collections, and natural forested areas.  The Arboretum was established in 1931 and its mission is to promote the beauty and importance of trees and other woody plants to create sustainable and healthy communities in the Great Lakes region and beyond.

The Holden Arboretum has a 12-month Plant Records Internship opportunity beginning in August 2014.  To qualify you must be a graduate with Horticulture major or in a related field of study from an accredited, two or four-year college program. Horticulture majors (or related field of study) who have not yet graduated, may also be considered.


The Plant Records Intern assists in inventorying Holden’s plant collection by:

  • Assessing  the overall condition of garden plants and measuring their dimensions
  • Locating plantings and other features on the grounds
  • Entering data into BG-Base and BG-Map databases
  • Creating and attaching plant labels throughout the collection
  • Gathering data on phenology (flowering, fruiting and fall foliage times in particular)
  • Collecting and documenting herbarium voucher specimens from plants in the collection
  • Accessioning acquired plants and de-accessioning dead or discarded plants
  • Assisting in the production of maps and annual cataloging

The Intern may assist with planting or maintaining the living collection or be assigned to Holden’s Nursery operation for propagation activities and is encouraged to take advantage of our education program by attending or leading tours and classes.

Due to location, a car is essential.  Nearby housing is available at reasonable cost.

Review of applications with begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

Qualified applicants should submit a resumé online with salary requirements at applicants should submit a resumé online with salary requirements at

The Holden Arboretum is an equal opportunity, ADA employer and a drug-free workplace.

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