The Holden Arboretum is located in Northeast Ohio’s Lake and Geauga counties, just 30 minutes east of downtown Cleveland, and is one of the largest arboreta in the United States. Encompassing more than 3,600 acres of cultivated gardens, woody plant collections, and forested natural areas, Holden was was established in 1931 and its mission is to promote the beauty and importance of trees and other woody plants to create sustainable and healthy communities in the Great Lakes region and beyond. 

Horticulture Internship

Horticulture interns will rotate through all areas of Holden’s landscape operations, including six distinctive display gardens, tree collections, nursery, plant records and natural areas.  Interns will gain practical, hands-on experience in sustainable landscape maintenance practices and procedures and experience a broad variety of woody and herbaceous plants.  In addition, on-the-job instruction by experienced horticulturists, educational session, and field trips are available to enhance the learning experience.

Horticulture internships last from 3-6 months during the growing season (starting/ending dates flexible).  Work schedule is Monday – Friday, 40 hours per week.  Applicants must have their own transportation.  Holden provides housing on site for a nominal charge. 



Recently graduated or currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student. Degree focus must in horticulture or related field.  Previous experience with gardening or landscaping work is preferred  Interns must enjoy doing physical work outside in all types of weather conditions and must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in horticulture or related field.


Physical Requirements

Physical mobility -- sitting, standing, walking, lifting/carrying objects up to 50 pounds, kneeling and bending on uneven surfaces. 


Qualified applicants should submit a resumé and cover letter detailing your experience as it relates to the position


Posting Date: January 2014

Closing Date: Applications for 2014 internships will be accepted until positions are filled. 



The Holden Arboretum is an Equal Opportunity, ADA Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace