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Summer Internships at Lyon – APPLY NOW!

Published on April 17, 2017 under Internships
Summer Internships at Lyon – APPLY NOW!

NOW OPEN – LYON ARBORETUM SUMMER 2017 INTERNSHIP PROGRAM!

Internship Openings: 
Scroll down the page to view each internship description and instructions.

  1. Horticultural Intern
  2. Education Intern
  3. Tropical Arboriculture Intern
  4. Living Collections Seed Banking Intern
  5. Hawaiian Rare Plant Program Intern

1. Horticultural Internship

Description:
The Lyon Arboretum Horticulture Internship will provide a unique experience for a student interested in native Hawaiian plants, tropical horticulture, botany, plant taxonomy, plant biogeography and invasive species management. The intern will also gain an understanding of the function and curation of a living collection in terms of botanical gardens and arboreta. The intern will gain practical experience in all aspects of greenhouse activities while working with the wide variety of tropical plant species in Lyon Arboretum’s collections. The primary garden sections the intern will be working in will be the native plant garden, and the ornamental horticulture section.

Details:
• 20 hrs/week, 8 week internship.
• 8 weeks in June – August, 2017. Start date flexible.
• Intern will receive a $2,000 stipend, to be paid in 2 increments, (after successful completion of the first 4 weeks, and at the end of the eight week period).
• A report will be required at end of the seventh week.
• Opportunity to work in a professional environment dedicated to conservation, education and public service.
• Opportunity to participate with staff and other interns across several program areas including (Greenhouses, Grounds, Collections, Research, and Education).
Selection will be based on academic achievement, interest in horticulture, botany, collections management, conservation experience, and future career plans. Experience with plant nursery practices and landscape maintenance is desirable. Proficiency in the English language is a requirement.

How to Apply:
THE APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED

2.Education Internship

Description:
The Education Department at Lyon Arboretum is seeking an intern who is interested in pursuing a career in the field of education and who may be interested in environmental education. Interns will be expected to 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, help to develop new lessons and activities for the school tours, improve current lessons and activities, and provide support with the details of running a field trip program.

Details
• 20 hrs/week, 8 week internship.
• 8 weeks in May 22nd – July, 2017.
• Intern will receive a $2,000 stipend, to be paid in 2 increments, (after successful completion of the first 4 weeks, and at the end of the eight week period).
• A portfolio of work samples will be required to complete at the end of the internship.
• Opportunity to work in a professional environment dedicated to conservation, education and public service.

Selection will be based on academic achievement, experience working with children, an interest in outdoor and environmental education and future career plans.

Proficiency in the English language is a requirement.

How to Apply:
THE APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED

 3.Tropical Arboriculture Internship

Are you looking for a great summer internship opportunity? At 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. This internship is an introduction to arboriculture and the care of community trees within the diverse living collection at the Lyon Arboretum. This is a balanced internship of practical skills and scientific tree care.

Description:
The intern will work with the arborists crew to assess risks posed by trees, produces plans to mitigate hazards, and develop working knowledge of proper arboriculture practices according to the International Society of Arboriculture; gain an understanding and comply with safety guidelines during tree work operations. The intern will also learn how to identify a wide variety of tree and palm species within Lyon Arboretum and gain an understanding of tree structure, wood density, and other characteristics; develop the skills to safely operate chainsaws with the requirement of wearing proper protective equipment; learn how to properly use tools associated with arboriculture.

Requirements:
recently graduated high school/ college students interested in arboriculture, tropical horticulture, Hawaii’s tree care industry or related field. Proficient in MS programs; be able to work in inclement weather and carry 50 lbs.
• 20 hrs. /week, 8 weeks
• June – August 2017
• Start date flexible
• $2,000 stipend

How to Apply:
THE APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED

4.Living Collections Seed Banking Internship

Botanical gardens play a crucial role in the future of conserving plant diversity worldwide. The living collection at Lyon harbors many wildly collected, rare and threatened plant species. By not collecting and storing seed of these species, we are missing out on an important conservation opportunity and also safeguarding our plant collection.

Description:
The seed collection intern would be responsible for looking at various methods of seed collection (using resources from our own seed lab as well as protocols written by other botanical gardens like Kew) and drafting a general protocol for our own seed banking of the living collection. This would include creating guidelines for when to collect seeds (dependent on developmental stage and phenology), what information to include with collection (i.e. need for herbarium vouchers, database information) and how to most effectively store seeds from different taxonomic groups.

Details:
• 20 hrs/week for 8 weeks
• June – August 2017
• Start date flexible
• $2,000 stipend

How to Apply:
THE APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED

5.Hawaiian Rare Plant Program Intern

Description:
Receive training in in vitro propagation, maintenance and germplasm storage, and inventory control. Intensive and “hands-on” experience in setting up a medium sized plant tissue culture laboratory. Interns will be able to receive an introduction to native Hawaiian species, especially the U.S. Federally listed Threatened and Endangered species. The intern will also have an introduction to ex situ Hawaiian plant conservation, which the HRPP plays a major role.  Interns will also be introduced to the HRPP’s plant conservation network and collaborators.

Details:
THE APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED