The Arboriculture Intern will learn and apply fundamental arboricultural concepts and skills through active participation with Winterthur arborists in all aspects of tree care throughout the Winterthur property, including pruning, climbing, and proper equipment usage.
Dates of Employment: May 1, 2018 – August 31, 2018
Type of Position: Temporary, full-time, non-exempt, non-benefits eligible
Working Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 2:30 pm (35 hours/week plus optional 5 extra hours)
Accommodation: Free housing available on site
Responsibilities: 1. Tree Maintenance: Work with trees to ensure their health, safety, and overall good appearance within the Winterthur Estate (e.g., tree inspection, evaluation, tree pruning, cleanup, and ground support for climbers). Use appropriate equipment and methods to perform work on trees. 2. Equipment Maintenance: Learn proper cleaning, sharpening, maintenance, and storage of job-related equipment (e.g., chainsaws, chipper, and climbing and rigging gear). 3. Tree Evaluation/Inventory: Research and document tree problems or concerns. Maintain information on treatments performed on trees or relevant information in a computerized database (e.g., tree hazard assessments and tree condition information). 4. Land Stewardship: Develop an awareness of the principles of conservation, environmental management, and land stewardship and how they shape Winterthur’s philosophy towards arboricultural practices. 5. Continuing Education: Participate in a variety of trainings, plant identification classes, and field trips in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the wider field of public horticulture.
Education: At minimum, an enrolled student or recent graduate of an accredited college or university with one semester of completed coursework in horticulture or a related field. Two years of completed coursework in horticulture or a related field, with at least one semester of study in arboriculture, preferred.
Experience: Minimum of three months of practical, hands-on experience in horticulture or a related field. One year of practical, hands-on experience in horticulture, with some time devoted to tree care, preferred.
Please send a letter of interest, resume, most recent transcript, and two letters of recommendation to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference Job #1144. Deadline for applications: April 1, 2018. Search will continue beyond deadline if a suitable candidate has not been identified. Please note: Winterthur is currently unable to consider applicants from countries outside the United States.