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Holden Forests & Gardens-Internship - Conservation (arboretum)-Fri, 01/25/2019 - 12:46pm

Internship - Conservation (arboretum)


Holden Forests & Gardens
9500 Sperry Road
Kirtland , OH 44094

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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

Work Location
 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

Physical Demands
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 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 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.

Application Instructions 

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.

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Holden Forests & Gardens