Holden Forests & Gardens seeks a Horticulture Intern – Logsdon Internship (arboretum).

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.

Holden Forests & Gardens has an internship position available at the Holden Arboretum Campus.  This position involves working closely with the Layer Rhododendron Horticulturist to assist in the preparation, installation and maintenance of the Logsdon Pond renovation and will expose interns to the many facets of sustainable landscape maintenance practices in a public garden setting.    


  • Director of Arboretum Horticulture and Layer Rhododendron Horticulturist
  • Works with Gardeners
  • Work with Nursery Supervisor
  • Work with Seasonal Workers
  • Work with Volunteers


Work Location:

  • The Holden Arboretum – Kirtland, Ohio – less than 30 miles east of Cleveland.
  • Encompassing more than 3,600 acres of cultivated gardens, woody plant collections and natural forested areas
  • Holden Forests & Gardens is 12th largest public garden in the U.S. It is comprised of two campuses, Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden.


Responsibilities: Duties may, but are not limited to:

  • Routine garden maintenance – weeding, mulching, watering, etc.
  • Planting herbaceous and woody plant material
  • Mowing and weed whacking
  • Pruning



  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student, or recently graduated.
  • Degree focus must be in biological science, botany, forestry, environmental science, horticulture, etc.
  • Demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in natural science or Horticulture
  • Applicants must have their own transportation
  • Excellent ability to communicate and interact with the general public
  • Must be able to follow multistep directions and work independently



  • 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:

  • Sitting, standing, kneeling, bending, stooping, grabbing and reaching on uneven work surfaces 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
  • Willingness to work in and around poison ivy, poison sumac, stinging insects, ticks and in the sun
  • Effective vision and hearing
  • Hand and arm dexterity


Work Environment

  • Outside work is required (in all weather conditions)
  • Mid-May through Mid-August - twelve-(12) week commitment
  • Starting / ending dates flexible.
  • Five days per week, Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm
  • Approximately 40 hours per week


Educational Benefits

  • Gain practical, hands-on experience in sustainable landscape practices and procedures
  • Field trips to public and commercial horticulture facilities, relevant local training, meetings, etc.
  • Attend Holden classes and programs for free (unless materials fee applies).

Salary range: $11 per hour Hourly, non-exempt

Job classification: internship, hourly

To apply: Review of applications with begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and 3 professional references online: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=db704977-d8c5-4be2-a36a-23f4002eddc0&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=403656&source=CC2&lang=en_US

Holden Forests & Gardens (Holden Arboretum / Cleveland Botanical Garden) is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. We seek skilled, knowledgeable and experienced individuals to join our staff and enhance our reputation as one of the country’s foremost arboreta.

Posted: January 13, 2021

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