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Public Horticulture Internship

The Morton Arboretum
City: 
Lisle
State: 
Illinois
Zip Code: 
60532
Occupational fields: 
Life, Physical, and Social Science
Employment type: 
Temp
Required degree level: 
Associates Degree
Bachelors degree
Accommodations: 
Vision Accommodations
Hearing Accommodations
Mobility
Remote Position: 
No
Job Expiration Date: 
02/29/2020

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 18, 2020, to August 14, 2020. 

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

Applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in public horticulture. Qualifications for candidates include horticulture experience and enrollment in or completion of a degree program in the Life Sciences area (Biology, Botany, Environmental Science, Forestry, Horticulture, or Ecology). B.S. students are preferred; A.S. students with relevant professional experience and extensive demonstrated interest will receive consideration. The Arboretum regrets it is unable to accept international students at this time. 

Intern stipend is $900.00 bi-weekly. Housing assistance may be available. The Arboretum’s extensive library and education classes are also available to interns. 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. 

Application review will begin February 3; applications will be accepted until positions are filled.  Instructions on how to apply can be found at www.mortonarb.org/employment under Internships.  Applicants will be directed to apply through the Arboretum’s online portal.  The Arboretum is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving a diverse workforce.  

 

The Morton Arboretum is a champion of diversity, supporting a culture of inclusion that attracts, inspires, and engages people to achieve success.  The Arboretum is committed to hire and develop employees based on job-related qualifications irrespective of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or veteran status.  To increase diversity in professions related to the public garden realm, we encourage applications from underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans.  

The Morton Arboretum is dedicated to complying with our obligations as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All applicants are guaranteed equal consideration for employment.

The Morton Arboretum is a magnificent outdoor museum with a mission to collect and study trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world, to display them across naturally beautiful landscapes for people to study and enjoy, and to learn how to grow them in ways that enhance our environment. Our goal is to encourage the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. The Arboretum ranks among the leading arboretums of the world in size, age, quality of specimens, and programs in Plant Collections, Science and Conservation, and Education.

History:  Established in 1922 by Mr. Joy Morton, founder of the Morton Salt Company and son of J. Sterling Morton, the originator of Arbor Day, the Arboretum has grown to include 1,700 acres of plant collections and gardens amid spectacular natural landscapes of woodlands, prairie, lakes, and streams.

Plant Collections:  The Arboretum grows and displays a rich diversity of trees, shrubs, and other plants that are Collections evaluated for their suitability for the midwestern United States. These living collections include 222,000 plant specimens representing 4,650 different kinds of plants. Arranged by geographic, taxonomic, and other special groupings, the collections are enhanced by restored natural areas of native plants.

Science and Conservation:  The Research Program focuses on practical scientific studies; key areas include tree health, tree Conservation improvement, and woodland conservation. Housed in the state-of-the-art Research Center is a Herbarium with a collection of 200,000 dried specimens for botanical research. The Chicago Region Trees Initiative develops strategies for tree and urban forest improvement; the Community Trees program advocates for trees in 274 communities in seven counties. ArbNet, facilitated by The Morton Arboretum, is an interactive professional community of arboreta with programs to foster advancements among tree-focused gardens. Science and conservation initiatives address international needs to build partnerships and save endangered trees.

Education:  The Education Program is relevant to needs and interests in learning about plants, nature, and ways to improve our world. Through the Thornhill Education Center, classes and other offerings for adults, youth and family, and schools and scouts serve 47,000 participants, with 646 schools partaking of field, lab, and outreach programs. Also available are teacher-training resources and a cooperative botany degree program with regional colleges and universities. The Sterling Morton Library contains collections of 27,000 volumes on botany, horticulture, natural history, and ecology; rare books, periodicals, and catalogs; and 12,000 botanical artworks. The Plant Clinic answers inquiries from 536 zip codes about plant selection and care. 

Accommodations:
Vision Accommodations, Hearing Accommodations, Mobility