Natural Lands Intern

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

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. 

Duties
The 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 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, some 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. 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 June 1, 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, environmental studies or closely related field preferred. Ability and willingness: to communicate with Arboretum visitors; to work independently and as part of a team; and to 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 applicant.

HOW TO APPLY

https://jobs.hr.upenn.edu/postings/41970?