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Internship – Horticulture, The Holden Arboretum (Kirtland, OH)

By Conni Kunzler | February 14, 2017

Deadline: Open until filled.

Holden Forests and Gardens (Holden Arboretum & Cleveland Botanical Garden) has internship positions available in the horticulture & conservation department. This position will expose interns to the many facets of an urban public horticultural institution, primarily in garden and glasshouse management.


  • Direct Supervisor, Grounds Manager
  • Work with Horticulturists
  • Work with Glasshouse staff
  • Work with Curator of Collections
  • Work with Seasonal Workers
  • Work with Volunteer

Work Location

  • Cleveland Botanical Garden – Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA
  • Located in the heart of Cleveland’s cultural, health, and education district, 10 minutes east of downtown Cleveland.
  • The Holden Arboretum / Cleveland Botanical Garden recently integrated, making the organization the 12th largest public garden in the U.S.


  • Accomplish daily hands-on, horticulturally-related jobs as well as long-term group projects
  • Assist with care of gardens and glasshouses, including duties such as, but not limited to watering, pruning, planting, weeding, mulching, fertilizing, mowing, propagating, and IPM pest control.
  • Conduct work for a season long project, culminating with a public presentation.


  • Completion of two years of college (horticulture, botany or related field) or technical program is preferred.
  • Proven genuine interest in plants, coupled with a desire to learn.
  • Experience in the field of horticulture is preferred.
  • Excellent ability to communicate and interact with the general public.


  • Valid Driver’s License and acceptable driving record required to be covered on
  • Holden Forests & Garden’s vehicle insurance policy
  • Must pass a criminal background check, credit and substance screening
  • Physical Demands
  • Must be able to perform with or without reasonable accommodation:
  • Stand and/or sit for extended periods of time
  • Transport oneself by foot over a variety of terrain that may be wet, slippery, uneven or rocky
  • Regular lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs.
  • Kneeling, bending, stooping, grabbing and reaching
  • Effective vision and hearing
  • Hand and arm dexterity

Work Environment

  • Outside work is required (in all weather conditions)
  • May/June through August/September (minimum three-(3) month commitment)
  • Starting / ending dates flexible.
  • Five days per week with weekend work, 6:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • Approximately 40 hours per week

Wages: $10.00 per hour

Educational Benefits

  • Gain practical, hands-on experience in working with annuals & perennials, woody plants, herbs, wildflowers, aquatic plants, interior plants, turf, tropical & desert plants, and container plantings.
  • Learn and practice sustainable horticulture practices including Integrated Pest
  • Management, organic fertilizers, etc.
  • College internship credit with sponsoring school.
  • Independent special project with a mentor.
  • Field trips to public and commercial horticulture facilities, relevant local training, meetings, etc.
  • Attend Holden / Garden classes and programs for free (unless materials fee applies).


  • Intern is responsible for obtaining housing and transportation.
  • Assistance in locating very affordable housing is available (if requested on application.)

Qualified applicants should submit a resume online:

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