Urban Trees Internship
Urban Trees & Landscape Management Lab
University of Florida/IFAS
The Urban Trees and Landscape Management Lab works to address research and public education gaps related to environmental horticulture, ornamental production, arboriculture, and urban forestry. Our research is focused primarily on issues relating to urban landscape sustainability, tree risk assessment/storm failure prediction, and factors that influence urban tree growth and longevity. We are located at the University of Florida’s Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Hillsborough County and are affiliated with the Department of Environmental Horticulture and the Center for Landscape Conservation & Ecology.
Our lab is seeking interns to assist our high-energy, tree-loving crew with innovative research projects. Our current projects include studying tree risk assessments using state-of-the-art technology like sonic and electric resistance tomography, conducting urban forest inventories and ecological assessments, cultivating and caring for trees in our research plots and nursery, and creating a new arboretum at the center. Other potential projects include using existing datasets to identify common street trees or to develop growth curves, testing tree decay using probes (for the tech-savvy intern), or assisting with palm germination trials. The internship is unpaid, but interns gain professional experience and important connections in a lab composed of researchers, biological scientists, and graduate students. We work hard to ensure interns gain the knowledge, skills, and experience they set out to achieve in a research setting. We will work with your professors to ensure academic credit requirements are met.
- Horticulture/Arboriculture skills like pruning, training, propagation, fertilizing, etc.
- Processes of scientific research and experimental design
- Scientific writing and communication
- Seeking or completed a degree in biology, environmental biology/science, forestry, horticulture or a related field
- Reliable, responsible, driven, and enthusiastic about learning
- Comfortable spending extended periods outdoors in the infamous Florida climate
- Direct experience in horticulture, particularly arboriculture, is preferred but not required
- Interns must be 18 years or older
- Fall semester: September – December (Applications due August 31st)
- Spring: January – May (Applications due December 1st)
- Summer: June – July (Applications due May 1st)
- Hours: 10 hours/wk. Schedule is flexible with potential for working remotely on some projects.
If you are interested, please send a resume plus dates and times of availability to Deb Hilbert (firstname.lastname@example.org). Deadlines are flexible.
Feel free to reach out for additional information about our lab, the internship program, and volunteer opportunities.