The UW student chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration’s (SER-UW) native plant nursery is located on campus at the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH). It is a student-run operation that provides plants to the on-campus restoration projects that SER-UW manages. This year, with the support of a Campus Sustainability Fund grant, the nursery is expanding by building a new hoop house, growing more plants from seed and cuttings, and increasing its opportunities for volunteer involvement.
To help with these projects, the native plant nursery is seeking two undergraduate student interns for fall quarter!
An interest in native plants and sustainable horticulture practices is a must, but previous experience is not required. Interns are expected to devote an average of 9 hours a week to nursery projects. In conjunction with the co-managers, interns will develop learning objectives based on individual interests and strengths to receive credit for ESRM 399. The interns’ time will be split between routine plant maintenance, plant propagation, nursery infrastructure projects, helping with weekly volunteer work parties, and individual projects. Each intern will have a different focus to help tackle the many and diverse needs of a native plant nursery:
The Building Projects Intern will help construct rolling sidewalls on the hoop house, a potting bench, plant production tables and an irrigation system. Applicant should be comfortable with power tools (or willing to learn) and have a desire to engage in the design/build process.
The Communications Intern will help develop an advertising strategy to increase volunteer involvement, assist with SER-UW’s WordPress website design, develop an online inventory, advertise work parties, and maintain and increase the club’s social media presence.
Both interns are expected to:
- be willing to get dirty, get wet and work in all weather conditions
- be on time and follow directions closely
- work well with fellow interns and co-managers, and be comfortable working independently
- problem solve and know when to ask for help
- work well with volunteers and be available for weekly volunteer work parties
- be able to lift 40 pounds and walk on uneven terrain
Applications are due by Friday, August 28. To apply, send a resume and a 300- to 500-word description of why you are interested, what you want to learn, and how your previous work experience and/or coursework apply to this position. Contact the nursery co-managers, Anna Carragee and Kelly Broadlick, at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, for more information or to submit your application.