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Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania-Intern--Arborist-Wed, 12/19/2018 - 11:25am



Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
100 East Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia , PA 19118

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Job Description 

The Arboriculture Intern works alongside the Arborist in maintaining and caring for the trees on the Morris Arboretum's 167 acres. The intern participates in all aspects of tree care management, including tree pruning, hazard inspection, tree support systems and integrated pest management. The Arboriculture Internship is physically demanding and involves climbing and working in trees at heights in excess 60-80 ft.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Develop and practice skills in all aspects of tree care (e.g. tree pruning, cabling and bracing and integrated pest management)
Become a safe, effective, and efficient climber
Operate heavy machinery such as chippers and large trucks with trailers
Become proficient and confident with the maintenance and use of a chainsaw
Assist the Outreach Arborist Team with consulting projects, tree inventories and assessments
Take part in watering plants and containers on a rotating weekend schedule
Attain a Pesticide Applicators License
Complete an independent study project, under the direction of your supervisor
Work at two weekend Arboretum events - Fall Festival and Plant Sale
Enroll in and complete two academic courses at Penn: LARP755 (Fall) and LARP756 (Spring)
Participate in intern sessions as scheduled (typically weekly outside of academic year)
Learn to follow proper safety practices

Education and Experience 

An academic background in forestry, horticulture, landscaping or a related field
Basic tree climbing ability is helpful
Written and verbal communication skills are essential
Working knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint preferred
Be able and willing to communicate with Arboretum visitors
Be able and willing to work independently and as part of a team
Be able and willing to work in all weather conditions
Be able to lift your own body weight
A valid driver's license is required

Application Instructions 

Go to the University of Pennsylvania website to jobs@penn. Fill out an application and attach your letter of intent and resume. Three letters of reference can be sent directly to Jan McFarlan by the person writing them. Official transcripts should also be sent to Jan McFarlan.

Send to:
Jan McFarlan, Internship Coordinator
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
100 E. Northwestern Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118
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