Intern Horticulture

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

University Overview
The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview
The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is a historic public garden and educational institution located 15 miles from campus in historic Chestnut Hill. It promotes an understanding of the relationship between plants, people and place through programs that integrate science, art and the humanities. The Arboretum conducts four major activities: education, research, outreach, and horticultural display. As the official Arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Morris Arboretum provides research and outreach services to state agencies, community institutions and to citizens of Pennsylvania and beyond. http://www.business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum/index.shtml 

Duties
The Horticulture Intern receives hands-on training in all phases of garden management by assisting in the daily care and maintenance of the Arboretum’s extensive collection of accessioned plants. Specific emphasis is placed on refining practical horticultural skills. Supervisory skills are developed by directing the activities of volunteers and seasonal staff. The Intern is also required to complete an independent study project under the direction of their supervisor. The rate for this position is $12.70 per hour. Applications are strongly encouraged from individuals in minority groups.

The position has a specified start date of July 17, 2019 and an end date of June 5, 2020.

The application deadline is February 15, 2019.

Qualifications
A Bachelor’s Degree and 0 to 1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience, is required. A strong academic background in horticulture or closely related field preferred. Ability and willingness to: communicate with Arboretum visitors; work independently and as part of a team; work in all weather conditions. Ability to lift at least 25 lbs is required together with a valid driver’s license. A full background check will be undertaken for the successful candidate.

HOW TO APPLY

https://jobs.hr.upenn.edu/postings/41266?