Public Horticulture Internships

Hiring Organization: The Morton Arboretum
Employment type: Internship
Job Location: Lisle, IL
Application Deadline: February 1, 2018

Public Horticulture Internships

The Morton Arboretum ranks among the world's foremost public gardens, noted for its
exceptional plant collections, beautiful garden and landscape displays, practical research
focus, and rich library collections. The Morton Arboretum, located in Lisle, Illinois, a suburb
of Chicago, is offering two, three-month internships in Public Horticulture from
approximately May 21, 2018 to August 17, 2018.

Interns will rotate through most Arboretum departments during the internship, gaining
experience in these primary areas: Collections and Garden Curation and Planning and
Design, Plant Records, and Plant Propagation. Additional activities include Experience
Enrichment Days to incorporate aspects of public horticulture not covered in daily work (e.g.
the Herbarium, Interpretation & Exhibits, Visitor Services, Summer Science Camp,
orientation to specific research activities and projects, Plant Clinic, hands-on horticultural
experience, Children’s Garden, off-site field trips or lectures, and other relative experiences).

Applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in public horticulture.
Qualifications for candidates include gardening or plant maintenance experience and
enrollment in or completion of a B.S. or M.S. degree program in the Life Sciences area
(Biology, Botany, Environmental Science, Forestry, Horticulture, or Ecology). The
Arboretum regrets it is unable to accept international students at this time.

Intern stipend is $750.00 bi-weekly. Applicants must have their own transportation. Housing
assistance may be available. The Arboretum’s extensive library and education classes are
also available to interns. Interns are expected to join in the activities of the Arboretum,
including special events and visitor programs, in order to experience the full spectrum of the
workings of a public garden. The Arboretum requires applicants for all positions to consent
to a criminal history background investigation and successfully pass a post-offer/preemployment
drug screen prior to finalizing employment.

Application review will begin February 1; applications will be accepted until positions are
filled. Instructions on how to apply can be found at under
Internships. Applicants will be directed to apply through the Arboretum’s online portal. The
Arboretum is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

The mission of The Morton Arboretum is to collect and study trees, shrubs, and other
plants from around the world, to display them across naturally beautiful landscapes for
people to study and enjoy, and to learn how to grow them in ways that enhance our
environment. Our goal is to encourage the planting and conservation of trees and other
plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world

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