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summer internships

General Information

Summer internships at UM-MBGNA offer students the opportunity to develop professional skills and experience. Project planning and development, extended learning opportunities and a field trip are all part of the Summer Internship program. These are temporary, hourly paid positions (generally 40 hours per week) and currently run from the beginning of May through the end of August each summer. Many of the work schedules will typically include a rotation of weekends and holidays and include possible evening duty. Most positions require interns willing to work outside in summer conditions. Interns will be expected to participate in creating and presenting a poster presentation. Interns must be able to provide their own transportation to the work-sites (Nichols Arboretum and Matthaei Botanical Gardens) or participate in carpooling with other interns to work-sites.

To Apply

Listed below are general descriptions for internship openings.

You may apply for one or more of these positions by sending a resume and cover letter with at least two references to:
Jan Stearns jand@umich.edu.

Alternatively you can mail your materials to Jan Stearns, UM MBGNA, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

Make sure to clearly specify the position(s) you are interested in. If applying for more than one position please rank your interest. Applicants are encouraged to visit our sites and to review our website for more information.

If you would like to view other job opportunities at the University of Michigan or create an online profile to expedite applications for future opportunities at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, please visit the University of Michigan's Careers Website.

  • Available internship position(s):
 
Exhibit Development/Interpretation (1 position)

Description: As a living museum a key to our operation is providing informative, engaging and understandable interpretation of our collections, spaces and resources. This position will develop educationally based exhibits, displays and posters focused on our plant collections, natural areas, gardens and environmental mission. Under the supervision of the Education Manager, this position works as part of a team and will take a lead role on aspects of the development of these materials. Interns will participate in creating several blog posts for the Matthaei-Nichols blog.

Educational value: Intern will develop materials that can be used in a professional portfolio of work. Job skills in team work, leadership, work flow and project management will be learned. Intern will learn development of educational interpretative media.

Requirements: Ability to quickly conduct research necessary to gain background knowledge; ability to produce clear and concise communications. Interest or coursework in biology, natural or environmental science and education. Desired skills; demonstrated short-copy writing ability, some experience in photography, InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop helpful.

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Children's Educational Programs (2 positions)

Description: Develop and provide activities for regular drop-in through the summer with both daytime and early evening hours, including weekends. Engage children in comprehensive gardening programs in helping to plant and maintain vegetable and herb beds. Develop a series of nature-based art and musical activities. Extend programs from the Gaffield Children’s Garden to include organized adventure hikes along the Sue Reichert Discovery Trail and Sam Graham Trees and Trail at the Botanical Gardens and excursions to Nichols Arboretum as well. Provide guided programs to school and camp groups. Interns will participate in creating several blog posts for the Matthaei-Nichols blog.

Educational value: Youth education program assistant interns will gain experience working in professional, informal environmental education. Interns gain experience with independent project development; creating program from conception to completion and will deliver the program to a group of elementary age children. Interns will also gain valuable experience as part of the Education team, working on programs and educational materials that convey the mission and vision of MBGNA.

Requirements: Excellent organization skills and attention to detail. Must be able to work independently and as a team member. Must have an interest in plants, the environment and leading others in environmental education activities. Must have a demonstrated ability to work with children and peers. Be reliable, flexible, enthusiastic, outgoing, and able to remain calm and level-headed in stressful situations. Previous experience is essential.

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Cultivating Community (1 position)

Description: The Cultivating Community program provides hands-on education for UM student volunteers at our demonstration gardens, which practice small-scale organic growing methods including composting, ecological pest management, and space saving techniques. The program offers workshops for student volunteers about preparing and preserving local fresh foods, composting, container gardening, and other topics of interest. Internship positions coordinate the program, work with student volunteers to plant and maintain demonstration gardens for Cultivating Community, and recruit and coordinate student volunteers. Interns will participate in creating several blog posts for the Matthaei-Nichols blog.

Educational value: Intern will develop leadership, communication, program management, work planning, volunteer recruitment and retention skills. Intern will develop deeper knowledge of small scale organic gardening. Interns will lead a small garden program for children; Interns will lead work days with peers.

Requirements: Experience with volunteer recruitment and supervision, ability to work with diverse groups, experience with and knowledge of community gardens, organic gardening, or composting, excellent communication skills (email included), reliability, and ability to work independently. Ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions is necessary.

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Sustainable Food Program and Campus Farm Summer Internship (1 position)

Description: The responsibilities of this position are divided into three categories: campus farm care and planning, student engagement, and administrative support for achieving GAP certification and managing the farm. This candidate will gain experience in small farm and volunteer management. The candidate will report to the Matthaei-Nichols staff and the Sustainable Food Program Manager. Interns will participate in creating several blog posts for the Matthaei-Nichols blog.

Campus Farm care involves planting seeds and seedlings in accordance with planting schedule and layout design, adjusting planting plan as needed through the season, tending greenhouse beds, supporting physical improvements in the farm space (e.g., fencing), weeding, watering, and harvesting as needed, preparing produce for distribution according to Good Handling Practices.

Facilitation of communication, student engagement and events involves facilitation of workdays and special events (in greenhouse and outside), marketing of events and initiatives (blog posts, newsletters, etc.) and management of UMSFP member group relations.

Administrative support involves documentation of growing and harvest records, volunteer hours, expenses, and revenue and documentation necessary for GAP Certification.

Educational value: The student will gain practical experience in small scale market farm as well as communication and organizational skills.

Requirements: The student should have familiarity with the work of the UMSFP and Campus Farm, experience growing food crops, excellent written and verbal communication skills and must be self-motivated to complete the work. Prior experience working with volunteers and with event planning is a plus.

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Social Media and Marketing Intern: Marketing & Communications: (1 position)

Description: Immerse yourself in a summer internship in the marketing department at Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum. Through your marketing and social media efforts you’ll raise your own awareness about nature, ecosystems, and the environment—and help enrich the U-M and local communities’ understanding of these important issues. The marketing summer intern, as part of a team and solo, will take the social media efforts of the Arb and Gardens to a new level. Working with the marketing coordinator and other staff members you’ll conceptualize and produce compelling materials and help visualize and refine a social media strategy while also directly participating in the day-to-day marketing of the Botanical Gardens & Arboretum.

The chosen candidate will:

  • Build on our already strong social media presence by helping to create a social media strategy;
  • Produce press releases and help conceptualize stories;
  • Contribute to our blog and other social media efforts while inspiring other interns and students to  contribute;
  • Help create web banners, posters, brochures, postcards, newsletters, ads, and other publications;
  • Photograph our properties and events;
  • Collaborate with offsite printers and vendors;
  • Work with the marketing coordinator and other staff members to place items in media calendars; assist with day‐to‐day marketing efforts;  work with the Visitor Services department interacting with the public—an opportunity to engage with the front of the house to complement marketing activities behind the scenes.

Educational value: Through a project-based work flow, the successful candidate will gain real-world knowledge of the marketing and communications efforts that a University of Michigan unit uses regularly to raise and enhance its profile and to appeal to its constituents—students, faculty, staff, and the public. Specifically, the intern will learn how to incorporate image and message for effective communication; communicate with a large number of people across the organization and outside; work on a large project to be exhibited in the Arb and Gardens’ annual open house; and leave the position with a portfolio of projects used for events, programming, and communications at Matthaei-Nichols. Through interacting with the Visitor Services department and the public, the intern will also see the effects of that marketing through visitor contact.

Required skills: Working knowledge of Adobe products such as Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, etc. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc., is also helpful. Web knowledge such as HTML is also helpful. Intern must be comfortable working as a member of a team and interacting with the public.

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Grounds & Facilities Maintenance (1 position)

Description: We are looking for someone to assist with both the grounds maintenance activities and several summer projects at both locations. The position will provide time to work alone and also work as part of a larger group. Basic mechanical skills are required, as well as the willingness to work outdoors in various weather conditions. Having your own transportation is a must, unless carpooling arrangements can be made. The intern will create several blog posts for the Matthaei-Nichols blog.

Educational value: This position will help develop the skills necessary for running a small scale project, from start to finish. It will give insight to the importance of coordination and scheduling. It will provide the basic needs for maintaining the grounds at a public institution. It will give the opportunity to work with and share knowledge, while working in a group setting.

Requirements: Familiarity with grounds maintenance equipment and basic hand power tools, have a mechanical aptitude, good interpersonal skills, a willingness to work in varied environments, must provide own transportation or carpool, and have a willingness to be part of the team.

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Horticulture Assistants (Up to 5 positions)

Description: Assist in the maintenance of gardens, and indoor greenhouses, and the conservatory of Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. Work will include caring for many types of plants in indoor and outdoor plant collections as well as general garden maintenance including mulching, weeding, watering, and planting. Indoor collections include orchids and bromeliads. Outdoor gardens have various foci including herbs, vegetables, annuals, and perennials, with an overall theme of using native plants throughout all garden areas. Interns will be working across departments with other interns but primarily with the Natural Areas team. Interns will participate in creating several blog posts for the Matthaei-Nichols blog.

Educational value: Student will learn plant identification skills for all types of plants, native as well as exotic. In addition, horticulture and garden management techniques will be learned. The students will gain supervisory and teamwork skills when working with volunteers and other staff members.

Requirements: Previous plant identification and record keeping skills are helpful. Self-motivation, dependability and a desire to work outdoors are essential.

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Peony Garden Intern (1 position)

Description: Assist with the care of the Peony Garden at Nichols Arboretum. This 90 year old garden contains the largest collection of heirloom peonies in North America. Work will include staking plants, mulching, edging, deadheading, weeding, and interacting with visitors.
The Peony Garden Intern will also assist in other maintenance of gardens, greenhouses, and the conservatory of Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. Work will include caring for many types of plants in indoor and outdoor plant collections as well as general garden maintenance including mulching, weeding, watering, and planting. Work will be concentrated at Nichols Arboretum with occasional days at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Interns will participate in creating several blog posts for the Matthaei-Nichols blog.

Educational value: Student will learn specific techniques to care for peonies as well as plant identification skills for all types of plants, native as well as exotic. Student will also learn horticulture and garden management techniques and gain supervisory and teamwork skills when working with volunteers and other staff members.

Requirements: Self-motivation, dependability, attention to detail, and a willingness to work outdoors in various weather conditions. Previous gardening experience is preferred. Some weekend work required.

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Natural Areas Stewardship Internship (5 positions)

Description: Assist Natural Areas and Native Plants Specialist staff as part of a team with a variety of natural areas stewardship projects and tasks at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Nichols Arboretum, Horner Woods and Mud Lake Bog properties. These will include exotic invasive plant ID, monitoring and control, native plant ID, monitoring and propagation, prescribed burning, using brush cutters, chainsaws, herbicide sprayers, driving utility vehicles and tractors, etc. It will require collecting, organizing and presenting data related to this work. Interns will be working across departments with other interns but primarily with the Horticulture team. Interns will participate in creating several blog posts for the Matthaei-Nichols blog.

Educational value: Learn concepts and gain field experience in natural areas stewardship, conservation of native species, ecological restoration and native plant propagation. This includes learning to ID Michigan natural communities and many native species and exotic plants. Learning control techniques for a variety of exotic invasive plants, experience with many hand tools, power tools, and power equipment necessary for this work.

Requirements: An understanding of basic ecology, Michigan natural communities, and native plants and experience with exotic invasive plants and their control is desired. Willingness to work outdoors, hike several miles in natural areas and work while exposed to variable weather conditions, insects, and other outdoor hazards is necessary. Ability to use a variety of hand tools, power tools and power equipment is preferred. A love of the outdoors is essential.

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Great Lakes Gardens Internship (2 positions)

Description:The Great Lakes Gardens are a newly constructed set of gardens at Matthaei Botanical Gardens to showcase the unique ecosystems and flora of the Great Lakes region. Ecosystems represented in the garden include alvar, dunes, prairie, oak openings, oak woodland, and floodplain woods. The intern for these gardens will assist our Natural Areas Native Plants Specialist with a variety of horticultural and botanical tasks in establishing these new gardens. Tasks will include planting, weeding, collecting seed and propagating plants for the garden, maintaining interpretation and labels, watering newly planted plugs, developing plant records and recording the progress of establishing the gardens. Duties may also include time at the Nichols Arboretum, Horner/McLaughlin Woods and Mud Lake Bog properties. Use of a dichotomous floral key and camera for floral inventories and photo-monitoring will be used as well as hand tools and power brush cutters, herbicide applicator and driving utility vehicles and tractors with and without trailers for the various tasks. Additionally the GLG intern will be expected to lead volunteers and occasionally other interns. Interns will participate in creating several blog posts for the Matthaei-Nichols blog.

Educational value: This internship exposes the candidate to basic horticultural, botanical and ecological concepts, particularly in working with native plant gardens. Because the GLG is a showcase of rare and endangered plant communities, ecosystems, and endemic plants, the intern will gain an appreciation of these unique ecosystem and flora and the conservation issues that surround them. Additionally this internship offers an opportunity to learn concepts and gain field experience with conservation of native species, plant identification, native seed collection, effective weeding and invasive removal techniques, photo-monitoring techniques, planting techniques and irrigation determination for effective plant establishment and successful volunteer leadership, as well as gain experience with hand tools, power tools and power equipment.

Requirements: An understanding of basic ecology, and Michigan natural communities, and native plants and experience with exotic invasive plants and their control is desired. Some experience with Michigan native plants and using a floral key preferred. Experience with volunteers or previous leadership role is desired. Ability to use a variety of hand tools, power tools and power equipment is desired. The intern will also be expected to take the Michigan Pesticide Certification if not already certified. Experience with Excel preferred and ability to exhibit good organizational skills and accurate record keeping. Skills with digital camera desired. Willingness to work outdoors while exposed to variable weather conditions, insects, and other outdoor hazards is necessary. A love of the outdoors is essential.

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Centennial Shrub Garden Internship (1 position)

Description: Intern will work with staff to evaluate and care for the Centennial Shrub Garden at Nichols Arboretum while developing an overall plan for improving the garden’s beds, plantings, and pathways by the end of the summer. While major emphasis will be on the Centennial Shrub Garden, the intern will also work as a team member with other interns and staff to care for several other garden spaces at Nichols Arboretum as well. Interns will participate in creating several blog posts for the Matthaei-Nichols blog.

Educational value: Gain deeper knowledge about plants, particularly shrubs, and their use in the landscape. Build skills in inventorying site characteristics and preparing garden designs. Learn skills in repairing trails, correcting site drainage, and other aspects of garden management. Gain practical experience in garden design for botanical gardens and arboreta with a product potentially useful in your design portfolio.

Requirements: Knowledge of plants, especially shrubs and groundcovers; background in trail design/construction; skills/background in landscape design; ability to supervise small teams of volunteers or other interns and the ability to operate maintenance vehicles and some power tools is desired.

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Planning and Design Internships (2 positions)

Description: Work under Director Bob Grese to develop master plan for Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum properties with primary emphasis on the botanical gardens and arboretum properties. Tasks will involve working with staff and other stakeholders to assess programming needs/opportunities, development of site analyses, development of master plan alternatives/scenarios, and refinement of selected master plan alternatives into a final plan document

Educational value: Gain experience in master planning process, engagement of stakeholders, development of master plan concepts, and presentation/communication of design ideas particularly for public properties such as botanical gardens and arboreta

Requirements: Strong graphic representation and communication skills. Both hand drawing skills and working knowledge of Adobe products (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign), ArcGIS, and AutoCad will be essential. Good knowledge of local ecology and site design/engineering principles is desirable.

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Woody Plants Internship (2 positions)

Description: Assist in the care of woody plant collections at the Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. Work includes planting new material, mulching, watering, feeding and pruning of new and existing trees and shrubs as needed. Assist with plant removals and felling of larger trees as needed. Interns will participate in creating several blog posts for the Matthaei-Nichols blog.

Educational value: Student will learn tree and shrub ID skills, methods for tree and shrub establishment and care and techniques for removal.

Requirements: Native and invasive plant ID skills helpful, experience in plant installation helpful, experience with pruning tools such as loppers and pole saw helpful, experience with power tools such as brush cutters and chain saws is also desirable.

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Heathdale/Laurel Ridge Internship (1 position)

Description: Assist with and oversee care of Arboretum’s collection of Rhododendrons and Azaleas. This work includes mulching and pruning as needed and monitoring for individual plant health, soil pH and pests. Additional work in this garden space includes, mulching and repairing trails as needed, removal of woody and herbaceous invasives, installing new plants, assisting with prescribed burns. Interns will participate in creating several blog posts for the Matthaei-Nichols blog.

Educational value: Student will learn plant ID skills, techniques for tree and shrub care, garden and landscape maintenance and natural areas management.

Requirements: Native and invasive plant ID skills helpful, experience in basic plant care and garden/landscape maintenance desired, experience with invasive plant control techniques desired.

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Betty Graham Internship-Sam Graham Trees and Trail (1 position)

Description: Assist Woody Plants and Trails Manager and Education Program Coordinator with monitoring, maintenance and interpretation of the Sam Graham Trees and Trail at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Clear tall weeds and brush, planting shrubs, creating and editing interpretive materials. Assist with native plant ID and monitoring, prescribed burning, using brush cutters, chainsaws, herbicide sprayers, driving utility vehicles and tractors, etc. It will require collecting, organizing and presenting data related to this work. Interns will participate in creating several blog posts for the Matthaei-Nichols blog.

Educational value: Learn concepts about environmental education and gain skills in developing interpretive materials for children and families. Will also gain field experience with many tools, power tools, materials and power equipment and software necessary for caring for this collection of trees and the natural and restored communities where they’re found. Also learn about natural areas stewardship and ecological restoration including ID of Michigan natural communities, native and exotic plants, and control techniques for invasive plants. Work as a leader and/or member of a team.

Requirements: Ability to produce clear and concise communications; experience working with InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator software. Willingness to work outdoors, performing physically demanding labor while exposed to variable weather conditions, insects, and other outdoor hazards is necessary. Ability to use a variety of hand tools, power tools and power equipment and design software is preferred. Ability work alone or as part of a team or in a leadership role is necessary. Experience in environmental education, an understanding of basic ecology and Michigan natural communities, knowledge of native plants and experience with exotic invasive plants and their control is preferred. A love of the outdoors is essential.

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Trails Specialist Internship (1 position)

Description: Assist Woody Plants and Trails Manager with monitoring, maintenance and installation of trails at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Nichols Arboretum, Horner Woods and Mud Lake Bog properties. Lead the team in a variety of projects and tasks including building and/or installing surface material, steps, rails, waterbars, grade dips, etc. to appropriate specifications. Clear exotic invasive plant species, native plant species, and fallen trees and branches. Work with Natural Areas Stewardship interns to ID exotic invasive plants and use appropriate methods to control them. Assist with native plant ID and monitoring, prescribed burning, using brush cutters, chainsaws, herbicide sprayers, driving utility vehicles and tractors, etc. It will require collecting, organizing and presenting data related to this work. Interns will participate in creating several blog posts for the Matthaei-Nichols blog.

Educational value: Learn concepts and gain field experience in trail system maintenance and building. Gain experience with many hand tools, power tools, materials and power equipment necessary for this work. Also learn about natural areas stewardship and ecological restoration which includes ID of Michigan natural communities and many native and exotic plants, and control techniques for invasive plants. Work as a leader and/or member of a team.

Requirements: Willingness to work outdoors, performing physically demanding labor while exposed to variable weather conditions, insects, and other outdoor hazards is necessary. Ability to use a variety of hand tools, power tools and power equipment is preferred. Ability work alone or as part of a team or in a leadership role is necessary. An understanding of basic ecology and of Michigan natural communities, native plants and experience with exotic invasive plants and their control is preferred. A love of the outdoors is essential.

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Visitor Services (1 position)

Description: Work with the Visitor Services team to provide excellent visitor experiences. Duties include greeting all visitors, taking phone calls and relaying information about our properties and programs - assisting in Garden Store with sales, inventory and display - and daily maintenance of lobby, and other public areas. Job will include evening hours and most weekends. You must have reliable transportation to and from Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Intern will also contribute regularly to the Matthaei-Nichols blog and to other social media as directed.

Educational value: Students will develop interpersonal skills and gain experience in the performance of customer service to a diverse cross-section of public visitors and users of an educationally valuable public attraction.

Requirements: Ability to handle multiple tasks (and people) at one time, as well as communicate clearly and effectively. Excellent customer service skills and event or retail experience preferred. If you have a positive attitude, great customer service skills and a flexible schedule please contact us. This job will include weekends, and some evening hours.

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Visitor Services/Event Hosting (2 positions)

Description: Work with the Visitor Services team to provide excellent visitor experiences. Duties will be split between event hosting (including wedding rehearsals, weddings & receptions) and front desk coverage (including greeting visitors, taking phone calls, Garden Store sales). Job will include evening hours and you must be available most weekends. You must have reliable transportation to and from Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Intern will also contribute regularly to the Matthaei-Nichols blog and to other social media as directed.

Educational value: Students will develop interpersonal skills and gain experience in the performance of customer service to a diverse cross-section of public visitors and users of an educationally valuable public attraction.

Requirements: Ability to handle multiple tasks (and people) at one time, as well as communicate clearly and effectively. Excellent customer service skills and event or retail experience preferred. If you have a positive attitude, great customer service skills and a flexible schedule please contact us. This job will include weekends, and some evening hours.

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Visitor Services Arb (1 position)

Description: Work with the Visitor Services team to provide excellent visitor experiences. Duties include greeting all visitors, taking phone calls and relaying information about our properties and programs – handling gift shop sales - and daily maintenance of Visitor Center. Job will include some evening hours and most weekends. You must have reliable transportation to and from Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Intern will also contribute regularly to the Matthaei-Nichols blog and to other social media as directed.

Educational value: Students will develop interpersonal skills and gain experience in the performance of customer service to a diverse cross-section of public visitors and users of an educationally valuable public attraction.

Requirements: Ability to handle multiple tasks (and people) at one time, as well as communicate clearly and effectively. Excellent customer service skills and event or retail experience preferred. If you have a positive attitude, great customer service skills and a flexible schedule please contact us. This job will include weekends, and some evening hours.

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Volunteer Coordinator Assistant (1 position)

Description: The Arb and Gardens is a vast community asset that relies on the hard work and dedication of hundreds of volunteers who donate thousands of hours of their time every year. This position will be directly assisting the Volunteer Coordinator in managing this large volunteer team. The successful applicant will work to help develop volunteer materials for both recruitment and management of the volunteer team. This internship will include communications with new volunteers and workday coordination with interested volunteer groups. Intern will assist with data entry, public outreach, event planning and other duties necessary for the functioning of the volunteer program. Frequent participation in weekend and weekday volunteer workdays, community outreach events, controlled burns and special events may be required.

Educational value: Intern will gain valuable experience interacting with long-term volunteers, new volunteers and members of the public. The successful applicant will develop strong communication, organization and public outreach skills working with the staff of a botanical garden and arboretum.

Requirements: Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Must be able to work independently at times. Successful applicant must have working knowledge of Google Documents, Gmail and Microsoft Access, Word and Excel. Strong writing and communication skills are essential. Desired skills: Experience working with volunteers or members of the public is strongly preferred. An interest in plants, the environment and/or natural science is also preferred.

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Natural Areas GIS Internship (1 position)

Description: Assist Natural Areas Manager using ArcGIS 10.2 software and GPS and to capture, organize, store and present spatial data on various natural areas and collections projects at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Nichols Arboretum, Horner Woods and Mud Lake Bog properties. Projects may include updating spatial data of prescribed burn history, mapping invasive plant populations and control strategies, mapping important native species populations, mapping changes to trails, updating changes to database, etc.

Educational value: Develop skills and build experience working with ArcGIS, Trimble GPS in a natural areas stewardship context. Learn about and assist with other natural areas stewardship activities as part of a team. Learn native plant communities, native and exotic plant ID and control techniques for exotic plants. Learn about prescribed burning and other important tools and concepts in natural areas stewardship.

Requirements: Proficiency with ArcGIS software and GPS devices including coursework and some professional work experience and map making critical. Capable with Microsoft Office and Adobe suite software is also required. A basic understanding of ecology, Michigan native plants and some experience with exotic invasive plants is desired. Ability to work outdoors, hiking several miles a day, sometimes off-trail, exposed to variable weather, poisonous plants and snakes, biting insects, and other challenges of outdoor assignments necessary. A love of the outdoors is essential.

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Shakespeare Production Assistant (1 position)

Description: Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum is seeking a temporary Production Assistant to work with regular staff to support the 2015 production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The duties will include staffing performances, training and managing volunteer ushers, preparing tickets, managing the audience at each performance, assisting the cast and director with production needs, assisting with the cast party, and other logistical tasks as assigned.

Educational value: The student will learn all aspects of being a Production Assistant on a play. The student will learn how to train and manage ushers, assist a director and cast with production needs and how to effectively manage an audience in an unconventional theater setting.

Requirements: This position requires staffing every play performance in the 2015 season. This production runs Thursday through Sunday from 4:00pm to approximately 10:00pm every week of June. In addition, the Production Assistant must be available to assist with a volunteer orientation the Wednesday before each performance from 6:30 pm to approximately 8:00 pm. This position will last for seven weeks beginning May 11, 2015. It also requires the ability to navigate the paths and terrain in Nichols Arboretum, ability to operate a golf cart, clear communication skills, interest in the theater, and a willingness to both take direction and give clear but tactful directions. Prior experience is helpful.

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Medicinal Garden and Collections Intern (1 position)

Description: Assist in the establishment of the new Medicinal Garden. This includes (but not limited to); bed layout, planting, watering mulching and grooming of the plants. This new garden opens to the public in late July; therefore there is need for an intern who can work 40 hours/week May-June to help meet this goal.

Student intern will also assist in the maintenance of additional plant collections including, but not limited to, the conservatory, orchids and bromeliads, the Azary Rock Garden and Bonsai Display Garden as well as work in the other display garden areas on teams. Job tasks include watering, fertilizing, weeding, and general garden and greenhouse maintenance. Work will be concentrated at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens site with occasional days at Nichols Arboretum. Willingness to work as an individual and on small and larger teams is a must.

Educational value: Student intern will become familiar with medicinal plants, garden management techniques, and plant identification. The student will gain supervisory and teamwork skills when working with volunteers and other staff members. The student will achieve increased responsibility by leading some work days supervising other interns and volunteers.

Requirements: Attention to detail, communication skills, willingness to work in variable weather conditions. A desire to acquire supervisory experience leading groups of volunteers and interns/peers. Previous gardening experience is preferred. Some weekend work required.

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Bonsai and Collections Internship (1 position)

Description: Assist with the day to day maintenance of the new Bonsai and Penjing Garden at Matthaei Botanical Gardens including watering, fertilizing, planting, mulching, and sweeping. In addition, student will work side-by-side with bonsai volunteers and experts to style and maintain the collection of over 70 bonsai.

Student will also assist in the maintenance of additional plant collections including, but not limited to, orchids and bromeliads, display garden areas including the new Medicinal Garden and conservatory. Jobs include watering, fertilizing, weeding, and general garden and greenhouse maintenance. Work will be concentrated at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens site with occasional days at Nichols Arboretum

Educational value: Student will learn the basics of bonsai care and styling, garden management techniques, and plant identification. The student will gain supervisory and teamwork skills when working with volunteers and other staff members.

Requirements: Attention to detail, communication skills, willingness to work in variable weather conditions. Previous gardening experience is preferred. Previous experience with bonsai is preferred but not required. Some weekend work required.

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