Flora of Pennsylvania Internship

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Announcing a one-year internship beginning June 2011, with six hours of graduate credit at the University of Pennsylvania


Time is split between the Botany Departments of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. The Morris Arboretum is located in northwest Philadelphia. Facilities include botanical laboratories, greenhouses, and an extensive outdoor living collection of trees and shrubs. The Academy of Natural Sciences, in Center City Philadelphia, is the oldest natural history museum in the United States, including a herbarium of more than 1.5 million specimens. Facilities available at the Academy of Natural Sciences include the Laboratory for Molecular Systematics & Ecology. The Intern will work under the supervision of Dr. Tatyana Livshultz at the Academy of Natural Sciences and Drs. Timothy A. Block and Ann F. Rhoads at Morris Arboretum.

Internship Duties

The internship provides work experience in all aspects of managing collections in a major herbarium and an opportunity to contribute to a modern state flora program through a research project on some aspect of the flora of Pennsylvania. Duties include curation of botanical collections at The Academy of Natural Sciences (www.ansp.org), and participation in the Pennsylvania Flora Project at the Morris Arboretum (http://www.paflora.org).

As a member of the internship group at the Morris Arboretum, the Pennsylvania Flora Intern will participate in workshops, seminars, and field trips designed to demonstrate the varied aspects of management and operation of a public garden. The appointment includes a stipend plus University of Pennsylvania benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, two weeks paid vacation, sick leave, and tuition coverage for an additional 6 graduate credit hours.


Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in botany, or biology with course work in botany.

To Apply

All applicants must complete the Penn online application process. Go to http://www.hr.upenn.edu/Jobs/Default.aspx . Click on the link to staff positions. Click on the Search Postings button in the left column. In the school/center box, select Morris Arboretum. Select Pennsylvania Flora Internship from the list of openings. Follow the instructions to complete the application. Print and sign a copy of the completed application and send to the address below.

Also, send a letter of application including statement of interest in the internship, official college transcript(s), and have three letters of recommendation sent to:

Pennsylvania Flora Internship

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

100 East Northwestern Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19118

DEADLINE Feb. 15, 2011

For more information, call or email:

Dr. Timothy A. Block

(215) 247-5777, ext. 130

[Posted 11 January 2011]

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