Volunteers and staff working at our native plant nursery

Native Plant Nursery Internship

Turtle Island’s Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN), located in west Marin County, Calif. is seeking a qualified individual.

Position Description:

SPAWN is seeking to fill a native plant nursery internship to focus on managing native plant nursery functions and operations. 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 with Microsoft Access
  • Experience in volunteer management
  • 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

About Turtle Island’s SPAWN Program:

SPAWN works to protect imperiled salmonids, countless other species, and their habitat in the Lagunitas Watershed, West Marin County, Calif. This watershed supports one of the largest populations of endangered coho salmon in California, and also maintains populations of threatened steelhead trout and endangered freshwater shrimp. SPAWN bases their community restoration, research, education, outreach and advocacy efforts on science-based conservation principles.

Please email a resume and cover letter to catie@tirn.net.