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Hunnewell Horticultural Internship 2013
Category: Horticulture

Arnold Arboretum
Boston, MA

Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012


Hunnewell Horticultural Internship 2013 at the Arnold Arboretum


About the Internship:

The Arnold Arboretum (Boston, MA) is looking for serious students of plant science, botany, horticulture, nursery management, and landscape architecture for the Isabella Welles Hunnewell Internship Program. Interns are accepted for 12- to 14-week appointments as well as one 24-week appointment in the greenhouse.

As part of the training program, internships offer practical hands-on training in landscape horticulture combined with related classroom instruction. Interns work alongside professional staff in the Grounds Maintenance and Greenhouse departments. Interns participate in instructional sessions and field trips in order to develop a broader sense of the Arboretum’s horticultural practices. Interns are expected to participate fully in the work-life of the institution with maturity, punctuality, curiosity, and commitment to learning. Interns are encouraged to share their experience and knowledge and to participate fully in the work of the institution. Over the course of the summer, interns work in groups to address a real landscape management issue and present their proposal to their peers and Arboretum staff.

Qualifications: Preference is given to applicants with knowledge of woody plants and career interest in the fields of plant science, horticulture, or landscape design. Previous work experience in a botanic garden or nursery or in plant science, botany, horticulture, nursery management, or landscape architecture is preferred. Interns must be able to perform strenuous manual labor, including frequent lifting/carrying/transporting heavy loads up to 50 lbs. and be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions across a 265-acre landscape with uneven terrain. Note: housing is not provided. Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


About the Arboretum:

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is the oldest public arboretum in North America and one of the world's leading centers for the study of plants. A link in Boston’s Emerald Necklace of parks, the Arnold Arboretum is a unique blend of respected research institution and beloved public landscape. We provide and support world-class research, horticulture, and education programs that foster the understanding, appreciation, and preservation of trees.




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Cynthia Cushman

Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Boston, MA  02130

(617) 384-5745


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