Paid Internship, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Posted by on January 25, 2010

Paid Internship Available

A non-profit organization founded in 1827, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) motivates people to improve the quality of life and create a sense of community through horticulture. One key initiative is Philadelphia Green, the nation’s most comprehensive urban greening program. Since 1974, Philadelphia Green has supported the development and ongoing care of community gardens, neighborhood parks, and high-profile public green spaces in Philadelphia. Working in partnership with neighborhood residents, community organizations, and city agencies, the program uses greening as a community building tool.

PHS is looking for a paid intern to support the Youth Environmental Stewardship (YES) Program from February 15 though August 20, 2010.

YES Program Objective
YES is a six-week summer employment and learning opportunity for teenagers that increases their awareness of the ecology and urban communities and provides them with hands-on stewardship experience in their neighborhood park or recreation center.

Job Description
The intern will support PHS staff in preparing for, executing, and wrapping up the 2010 YES program. Duties will include:
•    Program and curriculum development
•    Resourcing and supporting instructors, youth, and technical assistance providers at six park and recreation sites in Philadelphia
•    Administrative support, such as scheduling meetings, tracking expenses, etc.
•    Logistical support, including arranging field trips, scheduling transportation, etc.
•    Field support including on-site supply delivery

•    Must have a valid driver’s license
•    Needs to be flexible and willing to take initiative
•    Should be interested in working with inner-city youth
•    Effective written and oral communication skills
•    Ability to interact comfortably with a widely diverse urban community
•    Proficiency with computer basics (Word, Excel, and Internet research.)
•    Intelligent, compassionate, friendly, and fun

Competitive Stipend
Part Time until June and then Full Time until the end of August.

Please send resume and a cover letter to Elissa Ruse at by February 12, 2010. We will begin to review applications and set up interviews as soon as we receive them. We encourage submissions prior to 2/12/10.

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