Paid Arboretum Internship

West Laurel Hill and Laurel Hill Cemeteries have an exciting opportunity for two summer Arboretum Interns. With 187 acres, West Laurel Hill Cemetery is an active historic cemetery, premier urban green space, and an accredited arboretum featuring over 3,000 specimen trees and shrubs. Laurel Hill Cemetery, located in Philadelphia, also features an impressive historic plant collection on a 78-acre National Historic Landmark and arboretum. We are committed to sustainable management practices through our sustainability program.

The Arboretum Interns will assist the Arboretum Manager and Horticulturalist in all aspects of horticulture, arboriculture, and landscape maintenance at West Laurel Hill Cemetery and Laurel Hill Cemetery. Principal responsibilities will include: tree and shrub pruning, planting and removal; specimen inventory and analysis; mulching, weeding and maintaining garden areas; watering new plants; and managing a natural wildflower meadow/green burial area. Additional responsibilities include designing and implementing an independent project to increase the beauty and value of the landscape. This is a great opportunity for anyone aspiring towards a career in arboriculture, horticulture, or landscape design and maintenance to work in a dynamic workplace with a newly-developing arboretum program.

Requirements include the ability to work outdoors in extreme weather, the ability to lift 50 pounds, a strong work ethic, and a willingness to learn all aspects of plant care and landscape management. A Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Environmental Studies, or a related field, and/or equivalent work experience is preferred. This is a full-time, paid, seasonal position with a commitment of 40 hours per week from June 3rd to August 30th.

Interested applicants please send resumé and cover letter to:

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