The Plant Protection Intern works independently, with supervision from the Arboretum's botanical and horticultural staff, to monitor plant pest and disease problems affecting the living collection. The intern also coordinates the Morris Arboretum Plant Clinic, which provides a forum for the public to ask pest, disease, identification, and other general plant questions. This position is supported by the John J. Willaman & Martha Haas Valentine Internship Endowment.
The Plant Protection Intern is directly supervised by the Botany Department of the Morris Arboretum. The Botany Department is an academic unit of the Arboretum, thus a healthy intellectual curiosity, an engagement with the primary literature, and the ability to write scientific papers are all desirable characteristics/skills of the intern in this position.
This intern spends time each day out-of-doors or in the greenhouses. Necessary facilities are provided for researching, diagnosing, and culturing pest and disease organisms, as required. The coordination of Plant Clinic requires daily coordination with the Widener front desk staff with whom queries and specimens are left by the public and extensive interaction with the public, by email, in person, or by telephone. Resolving Plant Clinic queries may include drawing on the expertise of other arboretum staff members, or conducting literature research independently.
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Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.