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Posted Job Title
Intern - Plant Protection
Job Profile Title
Intern - Arboretum
Job Description Summary
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 salary 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: www.business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum/ed_internships.shtml
Coordinate the daily operation of the Plant Clinic, providing diagnostic services to the public about horticultural problems
Participate in weekly educational sessions for interns and complete an independent project under the direction of the supervisor.
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
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
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 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information regarding the Internships and the application process is available at: www.businessservices
Job Location - City, State
Department / School
$12.00 - $13.00
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Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
Internal Number: JR00013225
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