Working Woods Intern

Hiring Organization: Holden Forests & Gardens
Employment type: Internship
Job Location: Kirtland, OH
Application Deadline: October 19, 2018

Internship – Community Forestry (Arboretum - 2018)

Position Title:

Working Woods Intern


Community Forestry


Holden Forests & Gardens has internship positions available in the Community Forestry department. This position will expose interns to the many facets of sustainable of natural areas management practices in a public garden setting.


  • Community Forester
  • Work with Conservation, Research, and Education Departments
  • Work with other Seasonal staff, Interns, and Volunteers

Work Location

  • The Holden Arboretum – Kirtland, Ohio – less than 30 miles east of Cleveland.
  • Encompassing more than 3,600 acres of cultivated gardens, woody plant collections and natural forested areas
  • Holden Forests & Gardens is 12th largest public garden in the U.S. It is comprised of two campuses, Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden.


  • Implement basic forest management including Timber Stand Improvement practices such as: the removal of invasive species and cutting grapevines.
  • Assist with target tree release, selection, improvement, and shelterwood cuts.
  • Maintain and improve trails.
  • Assist with plot locations survey work and baseline data collection.
  • Assist Conservation in upland forest assessments across Holden’s Natural Areas.
  • Collaborate with departments including Conservation, Research, and Education.
  • Participate in outreach related to Working Woods and Community Forestry.
  • Assist with tree pest and pathogen monitoring and management within Holden's Natural Areas.


  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student, or recently graduated.
  • Degree focus must be in a Natural Science or Forestry major or related field of study and demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in conservation or related field.
  • Previous chainsaw experience required.
  • Applicants must have their own transportation.


  • Valid Driver’s License and acceptable driving record required to be covered on Holden Forests & Garden’s vehicle insurance policy
  • Must pass a criminal background check, credit and substance screening

Physical Demands

  • Must be able to perform with or without reasonable accommodation:
    • Sitting, standing, kneeling and bending on uneven work surfaces.
    • Stand and/or sit for extended periods of time
    • Transport oneself by foot over a variety of terrain that may be wet, slippery, uneven or rocky
    • Regular lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs.
    • Kneeling, bending, stooping, grabbing and reaching
    • Effective vision and hearing
    • Hand and arm dexterity

Work Environment

  • Work in and around poison ivy and poison sumac, shallow water, mud, brush, and stinging insects. Anything you might expect to encounter working outdoors in natural areas
  • Some outside work is required (in all weather conditions)
  • April through September (prefer minimum 12-week commitment).
  • Starting / ending dates flexible.
  • Five days per week, Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm
  • Approximately 40 hours per week
  • $10.00 per hour
  • Hourly
  • Non-exempt

Educational Benefits

  • Gain practical, hands-on experience forest management, tree care, invasive plant control, conducting upland forest assessments, and outreach.
  • Field trips to relevant natural areas, nurseries, relevant local training, meetings, etc.
  • Attend Holden classes and programs for free (unless materials fee applies).


  • Holden provides housing on site for a nominal charge ($30 weekly).
  • Intern is responsible for obtaining transportation.


Review of applications with begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Qualified applicants should submit a resume online: or

Posting Date: March 2018

Holden Forests & Gardens (Holden Arboretum / Cleveland Botanical Garden) is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. We seek skilled, knowledgeable and experienced individuals to join our staff and enhance our reputation as one of the country’s foremost arboreta.