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2018 Internship in Public Horticulture


The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.


The James G. Kaskey Memorial Park is the original botanic garden for the University of Pennsylvania and is overseen by the Department of Biology. Established in 1895, the garden is a unique and much beloved green space located on the south end of the urban campus in West Philadelphia. Encompassing 3.5 acres of gardens, the Park serves as an outdoor classroom, laboratory, and green oasis for members of both the university and the community to enjoy and utilize.


The James G. Kaskey Memorial Park is searching for an outgoing and motivated individual for their public horticulture internship. This is a paid ($12/hour) full time (35 hrs/week) summer internship - start and end dates are flexible based on academic schedules.

The Kaskey Park Public Horticulture Intern will work with the Park staff in various aspects of public garden management including honing horticultural skills, creating interpretation for visitors, and working with outside organizations to build relationships to better the Park. The intern will also complete a final project that will be both beneficial to the Park as well as the intern. This year project will focus on conducting a tree inventory of the Park and working to update the accession databases accordingly.

This summer internship is intended for students currently studying, or recently finished their studies in, horticulture, botany, landscape architecture, or a closely related field. The intern will work five days a week for no more than 3 months, and will be given the opportunity for professional development such as field trips, networking with other garden professionals in the area, and attending events. The ideal candidate will have some experience with garden design, a working knowledge of plants, and an outgoing personality. A strong background in ornamental tree and shrub identification is preferred and experience in reading and interpreting AutoCAD maps is a bonus.

Candidates should send a cover letter and resume to, with subject line "Public Horticulture Internship".