Morris Arboretum Plant Protection Intern

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The Plant Protection Intern works independently, with supervision from the Arboretum’s botanical and horticultural staff, to monitor plant pest and disease problems affecting the living collection. The intern also coordinates the Morris Arboretum Plant Clinic, which provides a forum for the public to ask pest, disease, identification, and other general plant questions.

The rate for this position is $13.10 per hour.

Applications are strongly encouraged from individuals in minority groups.

The position has a specified start date of June 15, 2020 and an end date of June 4, 2021.

The application deadline is February 14, 2020.

Before applying, please read the additional information and application instructions at:


  • Coordinate the daily operation of the Plant Clinic, providing diagnostic services to the public about horticultural problems
  • Research information on plant pests and diseases; be able to communicate that information to staff and the general public
  • Monitor the living collection to detect and track pest and disease problems. Regularly communicate findings to relevant staff
  • 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)
  • Complete an independent study project under the direction of the supervisor.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


A Bachelor’s Degree is required and 0 to 1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience, is required. Undergraduate degree in biology (or similar) preferred, with course work in plant pathology and entomology. A good working knowledge of the ornamental flora preferred. Good communication skills – ability to relate to the public both in person and on the telephone. Ability to work well with peers. Keen powers of observation and an active curiosity. Plant identification skills preferred. Ability and willingness to work independently with minimal supervision. A full background check will be undertaken for the successful candidate.


Important Note: In addition to the online application, applicants will be required to provide the following supporting documents:

  • Cover letter/Letter of intent
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • College transcripts

The supporting documents may be uploaded with the online application (uploads are limited to 3 documents) or they may be sent or emailed directly to:

Jan McFarlan, Education Coordinator

Morris Arboretum

100 East Northwestern Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19118


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