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Native Plant Nursery Internship (January 2018 through June 2018)

Turtle Island Restoration Network’s SPAWN program is seeking to fill a native plant nursery internship to focus on managing native plant nursery functions and operations starting January 2018. Our 6-month residential internship provides housing in West Marin.

Under supervision from SPAWN staff, the Native Plant Nursery Intern will be responsible for organizing, implementing, and improving nursery operations. This includes directing projects related to seed collection, seed cleaning/processing, seed germination, plant propagation, transplanting, irrigation, updating inventory stock, managing plant database, data collection and entry, nursery facilities upkeep, and assisting with riparian restoration design and implementation. This will also include directing and leading volunteers to carry out these projects and planning for, and leading weekly volunteer workdays at the nursery. The Intern will also be responsible for volunteer recruitment and outreach. The Native Plant Nursery Internship will help you gain technical skills in native plant biology, horticulture, riparian ecology, native and invasive plant identification, native plant propagation, project management, and database management. The native plant nursery internship will also include training in restoration techniques and field methods, fundraising, outreach, volunteer management, advocacy, and media.

Responsibilities include:

  • Nursery management, operations, and upkeep: seed cleaning/processing, seed germination, plant propagation, transplanting, irrigation, updating inventory stock, managing plant database, data collection and entry, nursery facilities upkeep.
  • Volunteer recruitment and coordination: provide outreach to interested volunteers and provide training to volunteers related to nursery operations listed above.
  • Riparian habitat restoration: native planting, invasive species removal, watering, weeding, maintenance.
  • Data entry and database management: collect data on plant growth and survival at restoration sites, enter data into database, assist SPAWN staff to generate reports related to riparian restoration successes.

Qualifications and Skills Desired:

  • Experience in native (and exotic) plant identification and biology
  • Experience in nursery operations and horticultural practices
  • Interest in watershed ecology, fisheries biology, botany, and ecological restoration
  • Experience in vegetation monitoring
  • Experience in volunteer management
  • Experience in Microsoft Excel
  • Ability to work outside in varying terrain and weather
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and organize oneself
  • Ability to use PC or Mac proficiently (Windows Office)
  • Driver’s license (own vehicle a plus)
  • Ability to project a positive image with community
  • Creative thinker and interest in helping to improve and develop new methods and ideas for restoration programs

To apply send a resume and cover letter to Audrey Fusco at audrey@tirn.net