Holden Forests & Gardens seeks a Research Intern (garden).

Cleveland Botanical Garden, a branch of Holden Forests & Gardens located in Cleveland, OH, presents an internship opportunity for students interested in applied research in urban land use and ecology. The applied research department of the Garden partners with local and regional institutions on projects related to vacant land use, stormwater management, urban tree canopy, and urban greening. Interns will have an opportunity to conduct original research, participate in collaborative processes, and explore other facets of applied urban ecology.

The Garden offers 10 acres of horticultural gardens and is centrally located on Cleveland’s University Circle cultural district, close to Severance Hall (home of the Cleveland Orchestra), Cleveland Museum of Art, Case Western Reserve University, and Cleveland Clinic. In addition to research activities, interns will be involved in field trips and professional development with interns based at The Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, OH, such as weekly journal clubs, scientific lectures, networking with other scientific researchers in the greater Cleveland area, and presenting a poster of their work at Holden’s SEARCH symposium.

Research: At Cleveland Botanical Garden, interns can conduct research under one of two broad themes:

  • Urban ecology – How do plants contribute social and ecological benefits to urban areas, and what factors influence their success?
  • Urban land use – What urban spaces are appropriate for different kinds of urban greening? What factors influence how urban spaces should be utilized, restored, and/or conserved?

Skills learned over the summer may include: plant and tree identification, characterization of plant contributions to stormwater management systems, planning urban greening projects, geographic information systems (GIS), multivariate linear and nonlinear models in R. Regardless of the area of focus, interns will also learn about experimental design, reading and critiquing scientific literature, data analysis in R, and communication of science to general audiences.

 (Please note that, while interns may have an opportunity to collaborate with horticulturists in limited fashion, they will not receive extensive training in horticulture in this intern program. Potential interns with interest in horticulture or arboriculture should apply to other opportunities at the Garden; please see http://www.cbgarden.org/about/internships.aspx .)

Eligibility: Open to US citizens and permanent residents who are current undergraduates or recent graduates. Interns are responsible for their own transportation. Cleveland Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce.

Timeline: May through August 2019, exact start and end dates flexible

Pay: $11 per hour, or about $5,280 over the 12-week internship

Housing: Shared intern housing at The Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, OH (26 miles from CBGarden) may be available for $30 per week. There is a ripe local housing market with summer sublets available, and Cleveland has many options for affordable housing. The Garden is accessible by local rail and bus.


Salary Range: 11.00

Job Classification: Hourly, Internship


To apply:  Submit applications online by February 1, 2019 for full consideration. Include a resume, contact information for two references, and a letter of interest specifying your preference for research theme.


Questions concerning internships can be addressed to Sandra Albro ([email protected]).


Posted: December 13, 2018

Deadline: January 12, 2019