Holden Forests & Gardens seeks a Conservation Intern.

Holden Forests & Gardens is made up of two of Northeast Ohio’s most important environmental and cultural institutions — the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden — whose mission is to connect people with the wonder, beauty, and value of trees and plants, to inspire action for healthy communities.  The 14th largest public garden in the country, Holden Forests & Gardens has nearly 17,000 member households and an annual attendance of more than 350,000 for whom we provide inspirational and educational visitor experiences. For more information, visit holdenarb.org. and cbgarden.org.

The Conservation Department will have one intern in 2021.

The Conservation Intern will be a unique position where the candidate will assist with both natural resource management and conservation education and outreach. The Conservation Intern will be responsible for completing an independent project over the course of their employment. This position is based at the Holden Arboretum campus in Kirtland, OH with occasional travel to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.


  • Support with invasive species management, including the use of herbicides.

  • Assist with natural resource monitoring (forest health, aquatic species, pests & diseases).

  • Assist with education and outreach materials for Conservation Education.

  • Assistance with the Conservation Stewards Volunteer Program including classes and volunteer events.

  • Assist with development and updating of informational materials and online content.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: The Internship is open to undergraduates working towards a degree in Environmental Education, Biology, Conservation, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resource Management, Plant Science, or a related field.

Candidates must display strong interest in natural resource management and conservation education. Strong communication and organizational skills, ease in diverse group situations, critical thinking, a passion for nature, willingness to work outside in all weather, enthusiasm, and an ability to work independently and within a team are all critical.

Native and invasive plant identification, photography and video editing, as well as experience working with and managing volunteers are a bonus.

Physical Demands     

  • Perform required tasks in all weather conditions.

  • Effective vision and hearing.

  • Ability to understand basic instructions using the English language.

  • Hand and arm dexterity.

  • Walking and working on wet, uneven, slippery terrain.

  • Occasionally lifting and carrying of up to 50 lbs.

  • Kneeling, bending, stooping, grabbing, and reaching.

Eligibility: Open to US citizens and permanent residents who are current undergraduates or recent graduates. Interns are responsible for their own transportation. Holden Forests & Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce.  Interns are responsible for their own transportation.

Timeline: Summer 2021 – 8 weeks – exact start and end dates flexible

Salary range: $11 per hour

Job classification: hourly, temporary, full-time internship

To apply: Submit applications by February 1st, 2021. For full consideration, include: 1) a resume, 2) names of two references, and 3) a letter of interest. https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=db704977-d8c5-4be2-a36a-23f4002eddc0&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=403655&source=CC2&lang=en_US

Questions concerning the conservation internship can be addressed to Rebecah Troutman ([email protected]; 440.946.4400 ext. 234; email contact preferred).

Holden Forests & Gardens is an equal opportunity, ADA employer and a drug-free workplace.

Posted: January 13, 2021
Deadline: February 1, 2021

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