Plant Protection Intern

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Full time, $12/hr. One year long, beginning June 2017


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. This position is supported by the John J. Willaman & Martha Haas Valentine Internship Endowment.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Monitor the living collection to detect and track pest and disease problems, regularly communicate findings with relevant arboretum staff, and coordinate responses, as appropriate
  • Research information on plant pests and diseases; be able to communicate that information to staff and the general public
  • Coordinate the daily operation of thePlant Clinic
  • Complete an independent study project under the direction of your supervisor
  • Work at two weekend Arboretum events – Fall Festival and Plant Sale
  • 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


  • Undergraduate degree in Biology (or similar) with course work in Plant Pathology and Entomology; plant identification skills preferred
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills; an ability to relate to the public
  • Ability to work well with peers
  • Keen powers of observation and an active curiosity
  • Self-motivation and reliability is expected
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

The application deadline is February 15, 2017.