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Holden Forests & Gardens-Community Forestry Internship-Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:16pm

Community Forestry Internship


Holden Forests & Gardens
9500 Sperry Road
Kirtland , OH 44094

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The Program Holden Forests & Gardens (HF&G) presents two internship opportunities for students interested in Community Forestry. HF&G Community Forestry is focused on connecting people and trees to create more resilient communities.
Internships Overview
The first internship will specifically engage with Tree Corps, a workforce development program for adults interested in entering the field of arboriculture, through hands-on experiences and classroom instruction. The Tree Corps internship will support the development of arboricultural curriculum as well as the implementation of hands-on tree care activities. Other responsibilities include collaborating with local community members and partner organizations, creating content for community forestry social media, and providing support for day-to-day project management.

This position is based at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, a branch of HF&G located in Cleveland, OH. The Garden offers 10 acres of horticultural gardens and is centrally located on Cleveland’s University Circle cultural district, close to Severance Hall (home of the Cleveland Orchestra), Cleveland Museum of Art, Case Western Reserve University, and Cleveland Clinic.
The second internship engages more broadly with the Community Forestry program and will support outreach and engagement to promote sustainable forest management including arboricultural and urban forest educational offerings at both HF&G campuses and across Northeast Ohio.

This position is based at the Holden Arboretum campus in Kirtland, OH, less than 30 miles east of Cleveland. This campus encompasses more than 3,600 acres of cultivated gardens, woody plant collections and natural forested areas.
Both internships offer the opportunity to attend professional workshops and scientific lectures; to network with tree care industry professionals, other HF&G interns and nonprofit organizations in the greater Cleveland area; and to present a poster of their work at Holden’s SEARCH symposium.

Tree Corps
Work Focus TREE CORPS INTERN will focus on:
Educational Development – Capture and document curriculum learning objectives, create community outreach materials, produce social media content, handouts, flyers, etc. Assemble and present tree benefits from Tree Corps’ work.

Instructional Support – Outreach to guest instructors and community partners, work site coordination, crew supervision assistance, driving vehicles & tool maintenance.

The Tree Corps Intern will meet daily at The Garden, and may work in the office indoors or out in the field including within Cleveland’s neighborhoods and surrounding suburban areas.

Forestry Work
Cleveland Tree Plan Initiatives – Support the Tree Corps program and neighborhood volunteer efforts through performing various aspects of tree care including tool preparation and greening projects including tree selection, site preparation, installation, maintenance and inventory. Assist with guiding community members and volunteers in best tree care practices focused on arboricultural standards and best urban forest management.

Working Woods Program – Support the Working Woods project’s resource center including arboriculture and forestry activities. Conduct necessary field work as requested.

The Community Forestry Intern will meet daily at The Arboretum, and may work in the office indoors, the Cleveland Botanical Garden campus, or out in the field including within Cleveland’s neighborhoods and surrounding suburban areas.

Qualifications Undergraduate working towards a degree in Environmental Education, Urban Forestry, Forestry, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resource Management, Plant Science, Environmental Justice, or a related field.

Candidates must display strong communication and organizational skills, ease in diverse group situations, critical thinking, a passion for trees, willingness to work outside in all weather, enthusiasm, and an ability to work independently and within a team. Social media, photography and bilingual skills a plus.

Skills learned over the summer may include: tree biology, tree identification, tree care & maintenance, tree climbing, project management, tree inventory, geographic information systems (GIS), community organizing, curriculum development, team facilitation and conflict resolution, contract specifications, and urban forestry management.
Eligibility Open to US citizens and permanent residents who are current undergraduates or recent graduates. Interns are responsible for their own transportation. Holden Forests & Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce.
Timeline April through July 2019, exact start and end dates flexible.
Pay $11 per hour, or about $5,280 over the 12-week internship.
Housing Shared intern housing at The Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, OH (26 miles from CBG) may be available for $30 per week. There is a ripe local housing market with summer sublets available, and Cleveland has many options for affordable housing. The Garden is accessible by local rail and bus.

Application Instructions 

Applications Submit applications by February 1, 2019 for full consideration. Include a resume, contact information for two references, and a letter of interest specifying your desire to work in Community Forestry. Questions can be addressed to Courtney Blashka (

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