Public Horticulture Internship

4100 Illinois Route 53

Application Deadline: Closed
Timeframe: 05/16/11 — 08/16/11

The Morton Arboretum Description

The Morton Arboretum ranks among the world's foremost public gardens, noted for its exceptional plant collections, beautiful garden and landscape displays, practical research focus, and rich library collections. The Morton Arboretum, located in Lisle, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, is offering two three-month internships in Public Horticulture from approximately May 16, 2011 to August 15, 2011.

Interns will rotate through most Arboretum departments during the internship, gaining experience primarily in these areas: Collections and Garden Curation and Planning and Design, Plant Records, and Plant Propagation. Additional activities include “Experience Enrichment Days” to incorporate aspects of public horticulture not covered in daily work (e.g. the Herbarium, Interpretation & Exhibits, Visitor Services, Science Camp, orientation to specific research activities and projects, Plant Clinic, Children’s Garden, landscape architecture, hands-on horticultural experiences, off-site field trips or lectures, and other relative experiences).

The Morton Arboretum 2 Full-time, Paid Responsibilities

Interns are expected to join in the activities of the Arboretum, including special events and visitor programs, in order to experience the full spectrum of the workings of a public garden. The Arboretum requires applicants for all positions to successfully pass a criminal history background investigation and a post-offer/pre-employment drug screen prior to finalizing employment.

The Morton Arboretum 2 Full-time, Paid Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in public horticulture. Qualifications for candidates include gardening or plant maintenance experience and enrollment in or completion of a B.S. or M.S. degree program in the Life Sciences area (Biology, Botany, Environmental Science, Forestry, Horticulture, or Life Science Ecology). The Arboretum regrets it is unable to accept international students at this time.