Plant Clinic Intern - Temporary

Lisle, IL
Part Time

The Morton Arboretum is a world-renowned nonprofit dedicated to the study, growth, and preservation of trees. The Plant Clinic is a free service provided by the Arboretum. It synthesizes and shares the latest science-backed plant care best practices with home gardeners and green professionals. The Plant Clinic directly answers questions for clients, provides web content on plants and plant care, and publishes the Plant Health Care report on the latest pest and disease issues in the northern Illinois area. We are seeking an individual who can join our team to create specific content for the Plant Clinic portion of the website.  This individual will need to be able to gather research from various sources and integrate it into written documents in a clear and concise way. We are looking for an individual who is well-organized and self-motivated to help complete this project. This position can be done partially remotely and timing of the position is flexible in 2023.

Position Summary:  Write and update tree and plant pages for The Morton Arboretum’s website to support the Plant Clinic, a free resource offering home gardeners and green professionals science-based best practices plant care information. 

Essential Functions: 

  • Become familiar with the Plant Clinic’s operations and audience by shadowing staff and volunteers and utilizing training resources.

  • Work with the Plant Clinic team to re-evaluate and prioritize the existing perennial plant lists to be written for the website. May also review pest and disease pages.

  • Research and write perennial plant pages for the website, by using library, internet and other resources available

  • Review existing plant pages for updates to cultivars.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:  High school diploma or equivalent required. Experience and/or related coursework in horticulture, perennials, or related fields required. Strong writing skills required. Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google applications is strongly preferred.

Success Factors:  Ability and willingness to work independently and part of a team. Strong organizational skills and an interest in learning. Ability to embrace and align with the organization’s employee core values to be inclusive, take ownership, work together, keep learning, and make the Arboretum exceptional.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Physical Demands: Requires some physical activity: operating a computer for extended periods of time.

  • Work Environment: Office environment and/or remote work environment. 

  • Equipment: General office equipment.

All Arboretum employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of that status in order to maintain their employment.

The Morton Arboretum is a champion of diversity, supporting a culture of inclusion that attracts, inspires, and engages people to achieve success. The Arboretum is committed to hire and develop employees based on job-related qualifications irrespective of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or veteran status. To increase diversity in professions related to the public garden realm, we encourage applications from underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans.  

The Morton Arboretum is dedicated to complying with our obligations as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All applicants are guaranteed equal consideration for employment. 

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