Arboriculture Intern

The Arboriculture Intern will learn first-hand how Mt. Cuba Center’s arborists manage an extensive collection of trees located in the gardens and natural lands. Training covers a full range of tree care practices, including: planting, pruning, cabling, and removals. This internship is an excellent training opportunity for an individual who is committed to pursuing a career in arboriculture.

Essential Functions:

  • The intern will become proficient at using arboricultural equipment, performing groundwork, climbing trees, and identifying trees
  • Participate in tree inventories, tree risk assessment, and plant health care
  • Join in the alignment of tree management strategies with sound ecology and climate change


  • Candidate must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Attention to detail and a strong sense of responsibility are necessary


  • This role requires physical work including frequent standing, bending, twisting, stooping, climbing, lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects over 50 pounds
  • Ability and willingness to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions


  • Resume or CV
  • Cover letter documenting your experience, career goals, and why you are interested in the position

Learning Objectives:

  • Fundamentals of tree care
    • Planting site assessments, species selection, and procurement of new trees
    • Installation of new trees and after-care
    • Tree maintenance assessments: safety, health, structure, function, and aesthetics
    • Pruning from ground and aloft
    • Installation and inspection of tree support systems (e.g., cabling and bracing)
    • Installation and inspection of tree lightning protection systems
    • Removal of trees from ground and aloft
  • Operation and maintenance of arboricultural equipment: safety, productivity, and quality
  • Tree risk assessment: task-specific inspections (e.g., storm damage and pre-climb inspection) and scheduled/cyclical assessments
  • Tree identification
    • Techniques for identifying trees
    • Study of native species
    • Recognition of exotic invasive species
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Plant Health Care (PHC)
  • Ecological aspects of arboriculture
  • Planning and execution of projects
  • Recordkeeping and tree inventory management

Mt. Cuba Center Internships follow a full-time schedule (37.5 hours/week) working a max of 990 hours throughout the program beginning 6/3/2024 and ending 11/15/2024, start and end dates are flexible.

The deadline to apply for this Internship is Friday March 1, 2024

Mt. Cuba Center’s total rewards program includes competitive benefits, compensation, and perks. It is designed to promote transparency and strengthen our culture, values, vision, and mission. The compensation for our Seasonal positions is $16 per hour and perks include free admission to our garden, access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and more!

Mt. Cuba Center is committed to diversity and inclusivity, and we encourage qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application or need help applying, please email

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