Job Description

Job Description

The Horticulture Internship is looking for individuals with a strong passion for plants and public horticulture. This 9-month internship is responsible for the physical maintenance of the Arboretum. Interns receive hands-on training in all aspects of garden management and care of the living collections. Specific emphasis is placed on refining a wide range of practical horticulture skills. Interns also assist in supervising volunteers. Through monthly educational opportunities, interns gain knowledge and insight into all other aspects of managing a public garden.

This Internship will last approximately 9 months, is classified as Part-Time, and will pay $15.34 an hour. Those selected should expect to work approximately 40 hours a week depending on operational need.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with all garden tasks including weeding, pruning, planting, mulching and turf care.
  • Learn to properly identify weeds and implement control methods.
  • Demonstrate pruning skills using CODIT philosophy and assist in formative pruning of the Arboretum's plant collection.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of proper pesticide use--handling, mixing, applying and clean up of pesticide equipment.
  • Take part in watering plants and containers on a rotating weekend schedule.
  • Participate in the Horticulture Department's project days.
  • Learn to operate the following garden machinery:
  • Small Equipment Operation - push mower, string trimmer, leaf blower, snow thrower
  • Large Equipment Operation - golf cart, riding mower, backhoe, tractor, dump truck
  • Arborist Equipment Operation - chainsaw, chipper
  • Perform additional duties as requested


  • A strong academic background in horticulture or closely related field,
  • 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 and willing to lift at least 25 lbs.,
  • A valid driver's license is required.

Work Environment

The Horticulture Internship is a hands-on program that assists in the care of maintenance of the Arboretum's extensive gardens and plant collections. Outdoor work is required from March-November.


Posted 2 months ago
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Education Requirement
High School Diploma
Experience Requirement
Entry Level