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Morris Arboretum-Plant Protection Intern-Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:52am

Plant Protection Intern


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

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Job Description 

The Plant Protection Intern works independently, with supervision from the Arboretum's botanical and horticultural staff, to monitor plant pest and disease problems affecting the living collection. The intern also coordinates the Morris Arboretum Plant Clinic, which provides a forum for the public to ask pest, disease, identification, and other general plant questions.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Monitor the living collection to detect and track pest and disease problems, regularly communicate findings with relevant arboretum staff, and coordinate responses, as appropriate
Research information on plant pests and diseases; be able to communicate that information to staff and the general public
Coordinate the daily operation of the Plant Clinic
Complete an independent study project under the direction of your supervisor
Work at two weekend Arboretum events - Fall Festival and Plant Sale
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)
Learn to follow proper safety practices
Perform additional duties as requested

Education and Experience 

Undergraduate degree in Biology (or similar) with course work in Plant Pathology and Entomology; plant identification skills preferred
Good communication and interpersonal skills; an ability to relate to the public
Ability to work well with peers
Keen powers of observation and an active curiosity
Self-motivation and reliability is expected
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

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