Arboriculture Intern May – Aug 2019

JOB TITLE: Natural Lands Stewardship Intern

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: The Arboriculture Intern will learn and apply fundamental arboricultural concepts and skills through active participation with Winterthur arborists in all aspects of tree care throughout the Winterthur property, including pruning, climbing, and proper equipment usage.
Responsibilities:
1. Tree Maintenance: Work with trees to ensure their health, safety, and overall good appearance within the Winterthur Estate (e.g., tree inspection, evaluation, tree pruning, cleanup, and ground support for climbers). Use appropriate equipment and methods to perform work on trees.
2. Equipment Maintenance: Learn proper cleaning, sharpening, maintenance, and storage of job-related equipment (e.g., chainsaws, chipper, and climbing and rigging gear).
3. Tree Evaluation/Inventory: Research and document tree problems or concerns. Maintain information on treatments performed on trees or relevant information in a computerized database (e.g., tree hazard assessments and tree condition information).
4. Land Stewardship: Develop an awareness of the principles of conservation, environmental management, and land stewardship and how they shape Winterthur’s philosophy towards arboricultural practices.
5. Continuing Education: Participate in a variety of trainings, plant identification classes, and field trips in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the wider field of public horticulture.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: Minimum Experience: Three months of practical, hands-on experience in horticulture or a related field.
Preferred Experience: One year of practical, hands-on experience in horticulture, with some time devoted to tree care.
Minimum Education: Enrolled student or recent graduate of an accredited college or university with one semester of completed coursework in horticulture or a related field.
Preferred Education: Enrolled student or recent graduate of an accredited college or university with two years of completed coursework in horticulture or a related field, with at least one semester of study in arboriculture.
1. Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record.
2. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
3. Ability to operate hand tools and power equipment safely (training provided).
4. Exposure to inclement weather, insects, poison ivy, and pesticides (personal safety training provided).