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Morris Arboretum-Natural Lands Intern-Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:35am

Natural Lands Intern


Morris Arboretum
Philadelphia, PA
100 East Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia , PA 19118

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Job Description 

he Hay Honey Farm Endowed Natural Lands Intern receives hands-on training in all phases of garden development and care of the Living Collection, primarily those plants located on the historic 65-acre Bloomfield Farm property. Bloomfield, a farm in name only, is a largely naturalistic landscape that includes cultivated gardens, research plots, meadows, floodplain, privately administered community gardens, woody plant nursery, Quercetum, green roofs, platinum LEED certified Horticulture Center, historic grist mill, and the Arboretum’s materials handling site. Emphasis is placed on refining practical horticultural skills and the safe use and care of small and large power equipment; supervisory skills are developed by directing the activities of volunteers and seasonal employees.

Additionally, a small percentage of time is spent in the Natural Areas of the public garden, which includes wetlands, meadows, and wooded areas featuring a deer exclosure and native plants.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Learn practical nursery digging concepts, proper planting techniques and turf care basics
Learn to properly identify weeds and implement control methods
Demonstrate pruning skills using CODIT philosophy and assist in formative pruning of the Arboretum's plant collection
Demonstrate knowledge of proper pesticide use--handling, mixing, applying and clean up of pesticide equipment
Take part in watering plants and containers on a rotating weekend schedule
Participate in the Horticulture Department's project days once a month
Help with snow removal
Learn to operate the following garden machinery:
Small Equipment Operation - push mower, string trimmer, leaf blower, snow thrower
Large Equipment Operation - golf cart, riding mower, backhoe, tractor, dump truck
Arborist Equipment Operation - chainsaw, chipper
Complete an independent study project under the direction of your supervisor
Enroll in and complete two academic courses at Penn: LARP755 (Fall) and LARP756 (Spring)
Participate in intern sessions as scheduled (typically weekly outside of academic year)
Perform additional duties as requested

Education and Experience 

A strong academic background in horticulture, environmental studies or closely related field
A strong academic background in horticulture, environmental studies or closely related field
Be able and willing to communicate with Arboretum visitors
Be able and willing to work independently and as part of a team
Be able and willing to work in all weather conditions
Be able and willing to lift at least 25 lbs
A valid driver's license is required

Application Instructions 

Visit the University of Pennsylvania website at jobs@penn to search jobs, create an account, and fill out an online job application.
Attach the following to your online application:
Cover letter indicating how this internship program can help you attain your goals and specify which position(s) for which you are applying
Academic transcript

Have three letters of recommendation sent directly by the people writing them for you to:

Jan McFarlan, Assistant Director of Education
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
100 E. Northwestern Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118
215-247-5777, ext. 156
Questions? For more information contact Jan McFarlan, Assistant Director of Education at 215-247-5777 x156 or email

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Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania