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About Morris Arboretum

With 92 acres of gardens in suburban Philadelphia, the Morris Arboretum is part of the University of Pennsylvania. It was originally the estate of brother and sister John and Lydia Morris, who transformed the originally barren land through landscape, plants, and sculpture. Today, the property is listed on The National Register of Historic Places and features gardens, a horticulture center, sculptures, and more than 100 classes, lectures, and tours throughout the year. Morris Arboretum also offers research and outreach programs.

Morris Arboretum places interns in numerous areas, including arborist, education, flora of Pennsylvania, horticulture, natural lands, plant protection, popagation, rose and flower, and urban forestry. Interns participate in graduate-level classes on landscape architecture and regional planning, field trips, and weekly seminars. They also work in the Arboretum Plant Clinic.


Open to recent graduates, graduate students, and mid-career applicants. Applicants must have good writing and verbal English skills. Most candidates have backgrounds in biology, botany, horticulture, education, landscape architecture, landscape design, or plant pathology. Non-US citizens are welcome to apply.

Morris Arboretum

Jan McFarlan, Education Coordinator
Morris Arboretum
Morris Arboretum
100 East Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118
Phone: (215) 247-5777


Number of Interns: Less than 10; 9
Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Paid; Paid - $10 / hour; Benefits: Health Care, Dental, and Vision. Perks: Speaker Series
Duration: 6 to 12 months; 51 weeks
Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


Philadelphia, PA