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Summer Research Assistant

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ORGANIZATION: Holden Arboretum

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Are you a student with an interest in biology? Would you like experience doing field work with research staff? You can volunteer as part of the summer research team with Holden Forests & Gardens! Our research department ( has a number of research projects studying soil ecology, plant physiology, rhododendron breeding, community ecology and evolutionary ecology. They can also help high school and undergraduate students gain experience working with scientists outside of the school setting. Summer research volunteers may choose to take part in the August poster presentation to showcase to others what they have learned. Depending on your school, you may be eligible for school credit for your volunteer service.

All Holden Forests & Gardens volunteers must be vaccinated for COVID-19. Field work does carry potential risks such as traversing uneven terrain, possible exposure to poison ivy, ticks and stinging insects. Volunteers need to be able to hike up to two miles, sometimes off trail. Volunteers also need to have some weekday availability.

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About Holden Arboretum


9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland, OH 44094, US

Mission Statement

Holden Arboretum is a campus of Holden Forests & Gardens. Holden Forests & Gardens connects people with the wonder, beauty, and value of trees and plants, to inspire action for healthy communities.


Holden Forests & Gardens is made up of two of Northeast Ohio’s most important environmental and cultural institutions - the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden - whose mission is to advance and inspire a deeper understanding of plants to enhance life. The 12th largest public garden in the country, Holden Forests & Gardens has more than 22,000 member households and an annual attendance of close to 400,000, for whom we strive to provide inspirational and educational visitor experiences.

Holden Forests & Gardens is making a positive impact in the region through urban greening and forestry initiatives, environmental research, nature-based educational programs, and world-class visitor experiences at its two campuses.

We envision a future in which all communities are transformed into vibrant places where trees, plants, and people thrive.




Mon May 23, 2022 - Fri Aug 19, 2022


9717 Mitchells Mill RoadHolden Arboretum Long Science CenterChardon Township, OH 44060



  • Botany


  • Teens


  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • A minimum of 3 hours per week over the summer months. Depending on availability and interests, may be as much as 18 hours per week.
  • Volunteers must be vaccinated for COVID-19. New volunteers will need to complete the online orientation and application for Holden Forests & Gardens volunteers.

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