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Pennsylvania State University Arboretum at Penn State - Childhood's Gate - Part-Time Childhood's Garden Summer 2023 Internship in University Park, Pennsylvania


  • CURRENT PENN STATE EMPLOYEE (faculty, staff, technical service, or student), please login to Workday to complete the internal application process (https://pennstateoffice365.sharepoint.com/:b:/s/KnowledgeBaseArticlesSharing/EfiwgKReZ4VAjprFZPKWUm0Bq_sU3KzTmERfpryq0esPKQ) . Please do not apply here, apply internally through Workday.

  • CURRENT PENN STATE STUDENT (not employed previously at the university) and seeking employment with Penn State, please login to Workday to complete the student application process . Please do not apply here, apply internally through Workday.

  • If you are NOT a current employee or student, please click “Apply” and complete the application process for external applicants (https://hr.psu.edu/sites/hr/files/Application_Process_for_External_Applications_Non-Penn_State_Employees_.pdf) .


Application Deadline: Monday, January 31, 2023


The Arboretum at Penn State is offering paid (starting at $14.00/hour) part-time (20 hour/week) summer internships for undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates interested in career paths in environmental education and related topics. Positions are for 14-week terms, with start and end dates negotiable. Scheduled internship activities generally take place between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on weekdays. Some early morning, evening, and weekend availability may be required.


This internship provides a hands-on introduction to outdoor, place-based education in a children’s garden setting. Work with the Arboretum’s education staff to develop and facilitate nature-based programs and activities related to central Pennsylvania ecology, geology, history, and culture. The program will also expose interns to the world of public gardens, integrating event planning, volunteer management, public relations skills, and donor support.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop, facilitate, and evaluate outdoor learning experiences, educational activities, materials, and programs.

  • Support field trips, tours, and events for visiting school groups, community members, and university functions. Act as an informal “garden guide” for visitors.

  • Assist with the curation and maintenance of the children’s garden educational materials and supplies.


Applicants should be currently enrolled in or recent graduates from an undergraduate or graduate degree program and should demonstrate a strong interest in environmental education. A background in education, recreation, natural science, human development, or a related field is an asset. Preference will be given to candidates who can explain how this opportunity will help them reach their career goals.


  • Resume or CV

  • Cover letter

  • Contact information for two references


  • Applications must be submitted online via Workday utilizing the ONE COMMUNITY. IMPACTING MANY. | PSU Human Resources (https://hr.psu.edu/careers) website

  • Please make certain to include a cover letter, resume or CV and references page with your application materials.

Qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews to be scheduled beginning in February 2022.

This job requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. A valid US driver’s license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks.

This job requires the following 3 publicly available clearances:

  • PA State Police Criminal Background Check

  • PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form

  • FBI Criminal Background Check

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society and nature, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.


Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here (https://police.psu.edu/annual-security-reports) .

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.


Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

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University Park, PA