Working Woods Intern
Holden Forests & Gardens
Employment type: Internship
Job Location: Kirtland, OH
Application Deadline: October 19, 2018
Internship – Community Forestry (Arboretum - 2018)
Working Woods Intern
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
- 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
- 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 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
- 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: http://www.holdenarb.org/about/work-with-us/ 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.