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Lyon Arboretum’s Summer 2018 Internship Program NOW OPEN!!

Lyon Arboretum is excited to offer four internship positions this summer in administration, environmental education, micropropagation, and arboriculture. These eight-week-long part-time internships will provide participants with valuable hands-on experience, knowledge and skills in the various departments that keep a public arboretum and botanic garden running successfully. Interns will also receive a $2,000 stipend upon successful completion of the program.

Click on the tabs below to learn more and to apply to Lyon’s Summer 2018 internships. Application instructions and deadlines vary.


ABOUT:  The Administration Internship provides the branch that supports the many facets of the arboretum.  We will introduce our intern to the wonderful world of fiscal accounting in a tropical rainforest setting.  Along with this introduction to the wonders of administration, you will be versed in providing excellent customer service in our visitor’s center.

DUTIES:  The Lyon Administration Office is a multifaceted environment that is ideal for a student or interested individual to gain valuable working knowledge in office administration.  In addition to Lyon’s research role for the University of Hawaii, Lyon possesses an outreach component, which adds an additional level of complexity by functioning as a Botanical Garden with education and public customer service responsibilities. The intern will be trained in fiscal processes, visitor/customer service, and general office procedures which are conducted routinely at the Lyon Arboretum. This internship will provide a realistic and well-rounded experience, which the intern can bring back to the classroom or in their future employment.

  • – Process procurement documents**
  • – Assist in answering Lyon Inquiries (phone, email, walk-in) from visitors and Lyon Staff
  • – Handle incoming and outgoing mail
  • – Record keeping, filing and account reconciliation**
  • – Assist in scheduling of events, classes and groups occurring at the Lyon Arboretum
  • – Inventory control of supplies, materials and equipment
  • – Greeting visitors and educating visitors about Lyon Arboretum

**Interns will not participate in any activities which involve handling of confidential personnel data.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicant does not need to be a UH student, but preferred a student interested in business administration and or customer service.

SCHEDULE: Part Time; 20 hours per week (4 hrs/day, 5 days/wk) from May 21 2018* – July 13, 2018 (8 weeks)

*Start date is flexible

PAY: $2,000 stipend ($12.50/hr)

APPLY: Email a cover letter, resume and list of three references to Destin Shigano, Administrative Officer at: destink@hawaii.edu.

DEADLINE: April 23, 2018

QUESTIONS: Call 808-988-2971 or email: destink@hawaii.edu.


ABOUT: Educating the public is an integral part of Lyon Arboretum’s mission, and the Lyon Education Department’s philosophy is “to help connect people, young and old, to the wonders of our natural world through the scientific and cultural study of plants.” To support this belief, the Education Department provides many opportunities for children and general public to visit and learn about the garden and plant collections.

DUTIES: The Education Department at Lyon Arboretum currently seeks an intern who can help with the development of new activities and curriculum from a fresh perspective that will also address the new NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) standards as well as to help with progress in the development of the children’s garden used as part of the curricula presented to the visiting groups.

  • – Help with supervision of students in the Summer Camp and school tours.
  • – Translate the current HCPSIII standards into the new NGSS standards for our current school tour activities
  • – Develop new inquiry-based lessons and activities for school tours
  • – Improve current lessons and activities
  • – Creation and updating of materials for activities
  • – Help with the details of running a field trip program
  • – Help with maintenance of the Children’s Garden
  • – A portfolio of work samples and presentation will be required to complete at the end of the internship.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicant is preferred to be a current college student or recent college graduate from an education-related program and who is interested in pursuing the field of education with a focus on STEM, cultural, and/or environmental education. Selection will be based on academic achievement, experience working with children, an interest in outdoor and environmental education and future career plans.

SCHEDULE: Part Time; 20 hours per week (4 hrs/day, 5 days/wk) from May 21 2018 – July 13, 2018 (8 weeks)

PAY: $2,000 stipend ($12.50/hr)

APPLY: Email a cover letter, resume and list of three references to Raedelle Van Fossen, Education Programs Manager at: raedelle@hawaii.edu.

DEADLINE:  April 23, 2018

QUESTIONS:  Call 808-988-0461 or email: raedelle@hawaii.edu.


ABOUT: The new Micropropagation Laboratory Facility for the Hawaiian Rare Plant Program (HRPP) is progressing, with an estimated completion date sometime in March 2018.  The first half of 2018 will be an exciting time for the HRPP staff, but also a busy one with planning, prepping, setting up, cleaning, transferring, re-organizing, and other miscellaneous tasks.  All currently existing cultures will need to be subcultured before they are moved to the new laboratory and this labor-intensive process will probably continue for several months.  Once transferred over to the new laboratory, these cultures will need to be maintained and the intern will provide much needed assistance in all these areas.

DUTIES: We are looking for an intern to assist the HRPP and program staff with any moving and organizing activities associated with the establishment of the new HRPP Micropropagation Laboratory and to help with the preparation and maintenance of the cultures involved.

  • – Culturing of in vitro plants before they are transferred to the new culture room. This is to ensure that all plant cultures are clean and free of contamination before they are moved to the new culture room.
  • – Maintenance of existing cultures, including preparation of media and sterilized towel packets, and dishwashing.
  • – Cleaning and maintenance of the new and old facilities.
  • – Assist in the continual moving of equipment, supplies, plants, and other items to the new facility as necessary. This would include inventorying items prior to transfer and re-locating the items into the appropriate areas.
  • – Assist in the set-up and organization of the new laboratory, office and storage spaces as necessary.
  • – Other duties if time allows would be to help with the design and implementation of the external educational component, which is the display garden, surrounding areas around the building and greenhouse, information displays, etc.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicant does not have to be a UH Student, but a student or an individual interested in this discipline is preferred. Applicant must have their own housing and vehicle or transportation to and from Lyon Arboretum.

SCHEDULE: Part Time; 20 hours per week (4 hrs/day, 5 days/wk) from May 21, 2018* – July 13, 2018 (8 weeks)
* Start date is flexible

PAY: $2,000 stipend ($12.50/hr)

APPLY: Email a resume and cover letter to Nellie Sugii, Hawaiian Rare Plant Program Manager at: sugii@hawaii.edu.

DEADLINE:  April 23, 2018

QUESTIONS:  Call 808-988-0470 or email: sugii@hawaii.edu.


ABOUT: At the Lyon Arboretum, we support and challenge individuals to develop skills, fulfill their potential, enrich their lives, and become contributing, culturally aware members of our community. The living plant collections of the Lyon Arboretum harbor many wild-collected, unusual, rare and even threatened plant taxa from all around the tropical world. This internship would be an introduction to arboriculture and the care of tropical trees. The internship would provide practical arborist skills and give the participant knowledge in scientific tree care.

DUTIES: The Arborist Intern will work with Lyon arboretum staff arborists to determine maintenance schedules for pruning trees, tree removal, cabling/bracing of trees, climbing trees, rigging operations to lower limbs, and the operation of heavy equipment such as chainsaws. The Arborist Intern will also learn how to take inventories and monitor tree health, record diseases, pests and other attributes of the trees in the collection. This internship will also provide the practical skills to implement plans to manage pests, diseases or health problems among the tree and palm species.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicant must be a recently graduated high school or college student interested in arboriculture, tropical horticulture, Hawaii’s tree care industry or related field. Applicant must be proficient in MS programs, able to work in inclement weather and carry up to 50 lbs.

SCHEDULE: Part Time; 20 hours per week from May 21 2018* – July 13, 2018 (8 weeks)
* Start date is flexible

PAY: $2,000 stipend ($12.50/hr)

APPLY: Email a resume and cover letter to Līloa Dunn, Grounds and Collections Manager at: liloa@hawaii.edu.

DEADLINE:  May 15, 2018

QUESTIONS:  Call 808-988-0466 or email: liloa@hawaii.edu.

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In addition to our website, opportunities for employment at Lyon Arboretum are posted on the following websites. Application procedures may vary so please be sure to read all instructions carefully before submission. Please check each site regularly for updated information.