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Urban Forestry Internship

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Salary: $13.10/hr + benefits

This position starts 6/15/20 and ends 6/4/21; it is a one-year internship. Before applying, please read the additional information and application instructions at:

The Urban Forestry Intern will engage in urban forestry and natural resource management practices, assessments, programs and planning for public gardens, design firms, government agencies, educational and community organizations. The intern will also learn and teach stewardship concepts and practical applications through urban tree and natural resource management projects, as well as developing community partnership, vegetation analysis and management planning skills. Applications are strongly encouraged from individuals in minority groups.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participate in fieldwork activities including tree identification, tree inventory, and the visual assessment of trees in urban and natural settings
  • Use diagnostic equipment such as a resistance drill, soil moisture sensors and sampling techniques
  • Assist with consulting report writing, library research, diagnostic techniques
  • Learn about tree and other natural resource management
  • Cultivate community stewardship through outreach projects and by responding to questions about plants, culture and management
  • Complete an independent study project under the direction of your supervisor
  • Work at one weekend Arboretum event
  • 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
  • Perform additional duties as requested


  • Academic background in urban forestry, ecology, horticulture, arboriculture, landscape design, or a related field
  • Landscape design, ecology, or woody plant experience is very desirable
  • Experience in publication production or report writing is useful
  • Written and verbal communication skills are essential, as is a range of computer experience. Working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required; as well as working knowledge of AutoCAD and ArcGIS
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work independently are expected
  • A car is required
  • Participation in some overnight travel to service the needs of Arboretum clients is expected

Employer Info

9414 Meadowbrook Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19118-2624
2152475777 x156


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