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Philadelphia, PA

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has been a visionary not-for-profit organization in the Greater Philadelphia Region since its founding in 1827. PHS organizes the annual Philadelphia International Flower, the world’s largest and longest-running indoor flower show, which brings 270,000 visitors and creates a $61 million economic impact to the city. PHS’s Philadelphia Green helps transform lives through innovative programs like City Harvest, which has grown and donated 160,000 lbs of fresh produce in four years—helping to feed 1,000 families each week of the growing season. PHS also leads Plant One Million, an ambitious program to plant one million trees in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

The Project Coordinator for Community Greening Stewardship Initiatives supports the stewardship and implementation of neighborhood greening projects with a heavy emphasis on engaging community in design, construction and on-going maintenance. She/he reports to the Program Manager for Community Greening and Stewardship Initiatives.


  • Strong history in community engagement with diverse populations
  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience in related field.
  • Degree in environmental studies, horticulture, sustainable landscape management, or related field preferred. Equivalent work experience required.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects while adhering to deadlines
  • Excellent written, graphic, and verbal communication skills
  • Enthusiastic team player willing to help other team members when needed
  • Proficient in Microsoft office, Razor’s Edge, internet, social media and technology
  • Knowledge of the Greater Philadelphia Region is preferred.
  • Valid Driver’s License

Send a cover letter and resume to:
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
c/o Human Resources
100 N 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Email: hrphs@pennhort.org

To learn more about us, visit www.phsonline.org
Please no telephone or walk-in inquires. EOE. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.


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This internship was established in fond memory of Dorothy Dudley Thorndike DS ’75, to further the impact of her passion for plants and nature on students and visitors to the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens.

The Dorothy Thorndike intern works to connect people to plants, nature, and the environment, using the botanical resources of the Margaret Ferguson Greenhouses, Alexandra Botanic Garden, and Hunnewell Arboretum of Wellesley College.  The intern workswith the Botanic Gardens Director, Horticulture Staff, and Friends of Horticulture Staff and Volunteers to research and creatively disseminate knowledge about Wellesley’s plant collections and their broad applications.  Subject areas include edible and medicinal plants, plant ecology, plant uses in various cultures, etc.  Specific topics are determined by current needs and the intern’s interests. The intern helps develop exhibits and events around these themes, and contributes to the database of information about the plants in the collections. As an enthusiastic ambassador for the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens, the intern works within the College community to promote plant literacy for students and visitors.

The Dorothy Thorndike intern:

·     learns about interpretation at museums and botanic gardens;
·     develops topics and creates content for visitor displays and signage;
·     helps plan, organize, and publicize special events and activities, such as the Mystical Tree Tour and Greenhouse Light Show;
·     adds information to the online plants database;
·     assists in website maintenance and other curatorial activities;
·     gives an informal presentation about her work in late spring to WCFH members, donors, and the following year’s Dorothy Thorndike Intern;
·     has a flexible work schedule averaging 10 hours per week;
·     receives a stipend of $3000 for the academic year (September through May).

This internship is open to all current Wellesley College students who will be returning to campus for the following academic year.  The primary requirement is a love for plants.  Preference is given to students who have taken BISC 108 or have other botanical or horticultural experience.

Application Process
The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 13 April 2010.  To apply, please email your resume with a cover letter to [ mailto:ThorndikeInternship@wellesley.edu ]ThorndikeInternship@wellesley.edu.  The cover letter should include the following:

Describe what you expect to gain from the program and how the internship relates to your goals or academic interests.
Briefly explain specific qualifications you have that will contribute to your success at this internship (e.g. academics, past horticultural experiences).
Give the full name and department/program of at least one Wellesley professor who has agreed to serve as a reference for you (no reference letter necessary – we will contact references as needed).

Selection Process
Well-qualified applicants will be invited to interview with the selection committee.  Final selection will be based on the following criteria:

Demonstration of initiative, maturity, adaptability, and responsibility;
Evidence of preparation and interest through relevant course work, employment, previous internships, travel, or other experience;
Enthusiasm in conducting oneself as a representative of Wellesley College and the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens.

Once a student has been accepted to the Thorndike Internship program she will have one week to accept or decline the internship. The accepting student will be required to sign a letter of commitment to the program and to attend a lunch or tea next spring celebrating the internship and passing it down to the next Thorndike intern.

Jointly sponsored by family and friends of Dorothy D. Thorndike,
the Wellesley College Friends of Horticulture and the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens.

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We are seeking highly motivated individuals willing to work within the varied landscapes of Wellesley’s campus.


The position will entail but not be limited to:

–      For the Science Center Meadows, reestablish the population of Galerucella Beetles for the biological control of the highly invasive Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria). Monitor the beetle population in the Paint Shop wetlands as well as assist in biological control of other non-native invasive species in this area.
–      Ordering the beetles as recommended and directed by the supervisor.
–      Assist with the mapping and labeling of woody plant specimens throughout campus, updating the plant database and associated mapping system.
–      Working with grounds staff on other duties and tasks as assigned throughout the growing season.


–      Must be willing to work in all weather conditions and with insects.
–      Must be able to work within a team as well as independently.
–      Must be able to work part-time in April and more full-time after the spring semester


–      Background in biological, ecological, or geological studies
–      GIS, horticulture, and plant identification abilities

Schedule: Part-time from April 15th until the end of classes. Approximately 25 hours per week during the summer (days can be flexible). The position ends towards the end of August.

Housing: Housing will not be subsidized through this internship, but it is available on campus during the summer. For more information, please contact Patrick Willoughby.

Compensation: $11 per hour

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume by Monday, April 4th to: Danielle Gaglini (dgaglini@wellesley.edu)

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