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Arboriculture 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 Arboriculture Intern works alongside the Chief Arborist and Assistant Arborist in maintaining and caring for the trees on the Morris Arboretum's 167 acres. The intern participates in all aspects of tree care management, including tree pruning, hazard inspection, tree support systems and integrated pest management. The intern will learn to teach climbing techniques and basic arboriculture concepts by assisting with arborist training for tree care professionals and climbing enthusiasts. The Arboriculture Internship is physically demanding and involves climbing and working in trees at heights in excess 60-80 ft. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and practice skills in all aspects of tree care (e.g. tree pruning, cabling and bracing and integrated pest management)
  • Become a safe, effective, and efficient climber
  • Operate heavy machinery such as chippers and large trucks with trailers
  • Become proficient and confident with the maintenance and use of a chainsaw
  • Participate in teaching and developing various arboricultural classes and demonstrations
  • Assist the Urban Forestry Consulting Team with consulting projects, such as tree inventories and assessments
  • Take part in watering plants and containers on a rotating weekend schedule
  • Attain a Pesticide Applicators License
  • Complete an independent study project, under the direction of your supervisor
  • Work at two weekend Arboretum events
  • Enroll in and complete two academic courses at Penn: LARP755 (Fall) and LARP756 (Spring)
  • Participate in intern sessions as scheduled (typically weekly outside of the academic year)
  • Learn to follow proper safety practices
  • Perform additional duties as requested


  • A Bachelor's degree and 0 to 1 year of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, are required
  • An academic background in forestry, horticulture, landscaping or a related field is preferred
  • Basic tree climbing ability is helpful
  • Written and verbal communication skills are essential
  • Working knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint preferred
  • 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 to lift your own body weight
  • A valid driver's license is required

Employer Info

9414 Meadowbrook Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19118-2624
2152475777 x156


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