Holden Forests & Gardens (Holden Arboretum & Cleveland Botanical Garden) has internship positions available in the horticulture & conservation department. This position will expose interns to the many facets of sustainable of natural areas management practices in a public garden setting.
Natural Areas Manager
Work with Seasonal Workers
Work with Volunteer
Holden Arboretum – Kirtland Ohio in the hills of Northeast Ohio’s Lake and Geauga county – just outside Cleveland.
Encompassing over 3600 acres of cultivated gardens, woody plant collections and natural forested areas.
The Holden Arboretum / Cleveland Botanical Garden recently integrated, making the organization the 13th largest public garden in the U.S.
Manage invasive plant species.
Conduct upland forest assessments.
Electronic mapping using GPS and GIS technology.
Collecting detailed information on plant populations and site conditions.
Monitor heritage (rare) plant species.
Work on restoration projects.
Work with Conservation Biologist on deer monitoring and control, and other biological surveys.
Currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student, or recently graduated.
Degree focus must be in a Natural Science major or related field of study and demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in conservation or related field.
Previous plant identification experience preferred but not required
Applicants must have their own transportation
Travel by automobile as necessary to attend meeting and events
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:
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 invasive plant control, conducting upland forest assessments, monitoring heritage species, restoration projects and work with Conservation Biologist on deer control and other biological surveys.
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 shared housing on site to interns living outside of a thirty-mile range of the arboretum for a nominal charge.
Intern is responsible for transportation.
Review of applications with begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Qualified applicants should submit cover letter and resume online:
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.