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2016 summer internships

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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. Note: While all qualified candidates are considered, preference is given first to University of Michigan students for our summer intern positions.

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):
 
U-M Bicentennial Intern: Marketing & Exhibit Interpretation  - 2 position(s)

Description: The University of Michigan is celebrating its bicentennial in 2017, and Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum seeks a summer intern to help articulate, research, plan, and implement the Arb and Gardens’ bicentennial activities.

This split position shared with the marketing and interpretation departments is a great opportunity for a student to contribute directly to Matthaei-Nichols’ and the university’s bicentennial activities. The chosen candidate will work as part of the marketing and interpretation team to produce interpretation, communications about the bicentennial to the U-M and to the public, and many of the materials we will use as part of our participation in the bicentennial.

The Bicentennial Intern will

  • Build on existing infrastructure and information to create workable bicentennial exhibits and programs;
  • Create a marketing plan for Matthaei-Nichols’ bicentennial activities;
  • Contribute to our blog and other social media;
  • Research histories and narratives of the Arb and Gardens for use in bicentennial programming;
  • Assist with creating exhibit and interpretive materials for the bicentennial;
  • Help the marketing and interpretation teams as need with other tasks as needed.

Educational Value: Through a project-based work flow, the successful candidate will gain real-world knowledge of the exhibit planning, 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 valuable portfolio of projects. 

Requirements: Good research skills. Ability to conceptualize a project visually and editorially. Working knowledge of Adobe products such as Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, etc. is helpful. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc., is necessary. 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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Youth Educational Programs Intern - 1 position(s)

Description: Develop and deliver K-12 interactive education programs, materials and evaluations with an emphasis on environmental stewardship. Engage youth in hands-on activities in outdoor programs that highlight the diverse plants and ecosystems of southeast Michigan, as well as explore plants and biomes around the world in our conservatory. Programs are grounded in Next Generation Science standards and encourage creative exploration and a sense a discovery. Interns will also post for the Matthaei-Nichols blog.

Educational value: Youth education program interns gain professional experience working in an informal environmental education setting. Interns gain skills in curriculum development, implementation and assessment of programs, innovative problem solving and outreach. Interns gain valuable experience as part of the MBGNA team.

Requirements: Excellent organization and communication skills and attention to detail. Student must be able to work both independently and as a team member. Must have an interest in plants, the environment and enjoy working with youth. A demonstrated ability to work with children and peers is important. Previous experience is essential.

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Summer Camp Program Development Intern - 1 position(s)

Description: Develop materials and curriculum and lead programs in a pilot non-residential summer camp for middle school youth. The pilot camp engages youth from underserved communities. Develop hands on activities and creative learning experiences grounded in Next Generation Science standards. Programs are held outdoors, in the conservatory and in the classroom or lab highlighting the diverse plants and ecosystems of southeast Michigan, as well plants and biomes around the world. Intern will develop evaluations of and review programs for improvement. Interns will also post for the Matthaei-Nichols blog

Educational value: Youth education program interns gain experience working in professional, informal environmental education. The summer camp intern gains valuable experience piloting and testing new educational programs in a botanical garden setting. Interns develop skills in project development, innovative problem solving and outreach. Interns gain valuable experience as part of the MBGNA team.

Requirements: Intern must show initiative and have excellent organization and communication skills. Student must be able to work both independently and as a team member. Background in environmental education, ecology or botany a plus. Experience developing curriculum or camp programs is valuable. Must have an interest in plants, the environment and enjoy working with youth. A demonstrated ability to work with children and leadership experience is essential.

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Sustainable Food Interns - 2 position(s)

Description: The student will work at the Campus Farm and at the Campus Garden. The responsibilities of this position include campus farm and campus garden care and planning, student engagement, and administrative support. This student 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.

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, organizational skills and must be self-motivated to complete the work. The student must be okay with getting their hands dirty, knees dirty and working outside is various conditions. It’s helpful if student has experience growing food and tending gardens. Prior experience working with volunteers and with event planning is a plus.

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File/Membership Intern - 0.75 position(s)

Description: Coordinate centralized records management for Matthaei-Nichols under supervision of the Associate Director. Activities include: 

* assessing whether documents should be retained or discarded, and whether retained documents should be integrated into the University's overall historical records at the Bentley Historical Library vs. being kept only internally. 

* assigning metadata to retained documents

* digitizing documents for web access

* recommending improvements to our records management system and processes

Educational Value

For School of Information students with an interest in records management, this position will provide real-world experience managing complex and varied records going back over 100 years, including collections data, space planning data, correspondence, research, events and more. You will have an opportunity to put your classroom learning to use in the real world, and your sensible recommendations will result in improvements to a live system. With direction, you will be solely responsible for this system over a period of four months, with an opportunity to continue on a more limited basis during the academic year.

Requirements: UMSI master's students with an interest in pursuing records management as a career. We will work with you to meet your SI internship requirement.

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Facilities Maintenance Internship - 1 position(s)

Description: We are looking for someone to assist with facility issues and several summer projects at both locations. The position will provide time to work alone and also time to work as part of a larger group. This position will allow for some cross departmental activities that will provide a more diverse learning experience. 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 a few 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 facilities maintenance at a public institution. It will give the opportunity to work and share knowledge, while working in a group setting.

Requirements: Must be familiar with basic hand tools and equipment, or a willingness to learn. Student must have a mechanical aptitude, good interpersonal skills, and 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 - 2 position(s)

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. Must be willing to work alone or as part of a team.

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Gaffield Children’s Garden Summer Internship - 1 position(s)

Description: This interesting position is a unique hybrid of horticulture and education work. The intern will assist in the maintenance and development of the Gaffield Children’s Garden. Work will include caring for many types of plants, general garden maintenance including mulching, pruning, planting, watering, weeding, and lifting and moving heavy objects. Equally important will be the maintenance, development and staffing of nature play areas, including streams, sand, mud, and insects, and leading informal nature-based educational programming. The intern will create several postings for the Matthaei-Nichols blog.

Educational value: The Gaffield Children’s Garden intern will work in a professional, informal environmental education setting and will gain experience with independent project development; creating a station and/or program from conception to implementation. Additionally, the GCG intern will learn horticulture and garden management techniques, and develop a more nuanced understanding of the impact of nature/nature play/access to nature on learning and health for young children. The intern will develop supervisory skills and strategies while working with volunteers. The intern will also gain valuable experience as part of both the Visitor & Community Engagement teams and the Field Services team, working on educational and horticultural programs and materials that extend the mission and vision of MBGNA.

Requirements: Work requirements include ability to work independently and as a team member. Qualified candidates will have an interest in plants, environmentalism, and children and families. Reliability, flexibility, and an ability to remain calm and level-headed in stressful situations are important characteristics of candidates for this job. Equally important is an intellectual curiosity about the process of learning. Responsibilities will require daytime and occasional weekend and early evening hours. A desire to work outdoors is essential.

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Bonsai and Collections Internship - 1 position(s)

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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Peony Garden Intern - 1 position(s)

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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Landscape Assistant - 1 position(s)

Description: We are looking for someone to assist with mowing, other landscape care and various 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. The intern will also create a blog post for Matthaei-Nichols.

Educational Value: This position will help develop the skills necessary for running a small scale landscape 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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Landscape Architecture Internship - 1 position(s)

Description: Assist the Field Services Manager to create base-maps and drawings of the various gardens and collections at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. These maps will provide staff with needed planning tools as well as material which may be used for educational purposes in the future. This position will use ArcGIS 10.2, a GPS, Adobe, CAD and other software as needed to render maps and drawings of our various gardens and collections. Final products will be saved as digital copies and some will be printed before the summer ends.

Educational Value: Improve skills, build experience and develop one's portfolio working with ArcGIS, Trimble GPS, Adobe software, CAD and other software to create drawings and base maps of our gardens and collections. Learn about and assist with natural areas stewardship, landscaping, horticulture and other projects as part of a larger team of interns. 

Requirements: Some experience using ArcGIS, GPS, Adobe, CAD and other software to produce maps and drawings of gardens and landscapes is required. Ability to work outdoors and at a computer work-station is necessary. Landscape Architecture coursework and some related work experience is desired.

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Medicinal Garden and Collections Internship - 1 position(s)

Description: Assist in the new Medicinal Garden. This includes (but is not limited to); bed layout, planting, watering mulching and grooming of the plants, etc. This new garden is partially replanted every spring; therefore, May/June is an intense time for this garden area. This summer intern will also assist in the maintenance of additional plant collections including, but not limited to; the research plants, the orchid and bromeliad collections, and the 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 and at the 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, and willingness to work in variable weather conditions. Student intern must desire to acquire supervisory experience by leading groups of volunteers and interns/peers. Previous gardening experience is preferred. Some weekend work is required. Intern will participate in creating blog posts for the Matthaei-Nichols blog.

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Natural Areas Stewardship Internship - 1 position(s)

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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Humane Society Internship - 1 position(s)

Description: Assist with maintenance and installation of vegetative buffer zone around Humane Society. Work includes planting, mulching and watering new material, installation and maintenance of plant protection structures – caging, fencing, completing plant inventories, maps and assessments, and conducting invasive species control.

Educational Value: Intern will learn tree and shrub ID skills for native and non-native species, methods for woody plant installation, plant mapping, control techniques for a variety of exotic species, how to use a variety of tools including hand tools, weed trimmers/brush cutters, chain saw, utility vehicles, tractors. 

Requirements: Native and invasive plant ID skills helpful, experience in plant installation and use of landscape power tools desirable. Ability to work alone, as a team member and as a team leader is necessary. Students must be willing to work outside in variable summer conditions.

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Great Lakes Gardens Internship - 2 position(s)

Description: The Great Lakes Gardens are a newly constructed set of gardens at Matthaei Botanical Gardens that 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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Woody Plants Internship - 1 position(s)

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(s)

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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Sam Graham Trees Internship - 1 position(s)

Description: Assist Woody Plants and Trails Manager with the maintenance of the Sam Graham Trees and Trail at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Clear tall weeds and brush and plant shrubs. 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: Will 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: 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 to work alone, as part of a team or in a leadership role is necessary. 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(s)

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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Shakespeare Production Assistant - 1 position(s)

Description: Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum is seeking a temporary Production Assistant to work with regular staff to support the 2016 production of William Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost. 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 2016 season. This production runs Thursday through Sunday from 4:00pm to approximately 10:00pm, June 9-26. In addition, the Production Assistant must be available to assist with a volunteer orientation the Wednesday before each performance from 5:00 pm to approximately 8:00 pm. This position will last for six weeks beginning May 23, 2016. 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. We are looking for an enthusiastic, hardworking student who cares about the environment, the arts, and creating great visitor experiences. The student must have a demonstrated willingness to work as a team and must be a hard worker. Prior experience is helpful.

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Visitor Services - 1 position(s)

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 position(s)

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(s)

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. Intern will also contribute regularly to the Matthaei-Nichols blog and to other social media as directed. Additional special projects may be assigned.

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(s)

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. This position will also involve working at the Arb Visitor Center to provide customer service, answer visitor’s questions, and handle gift shop sales.


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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File Internship - 0.5 position(s)

Description: Coordinate centralized records management for Matthaei-Nichols under supervision of the Associate Director. Activities include:

* assessing whether documents should be retained or discarded, and whether retained documents should be integrated into the University's overall historical records at the Bentley Historical Library vs. being kept only internally. 

* assigning metadata to retained documents

* digitizing documents for web access

* recommending improvements to our records management system and processes

Educational Value

For School of Information students with an interest in records management, this position will provide real-world experience managing complex and varied records going back over 100 years, including collections data, space planning data, correspondence, research, events and more. You will have an opportunity to put your classroom learning to use in the real world, and your sensible recommendations will result in improvements to a live system. With direction, you will be solely responsible for this system over a period of four months, with an opportunity to continue on a more limited basis during the academic year.

Requirements: UMSI master's students with an interest in pursuing records management as a career. We will work with you to meet your SI internship requirement. This internship may be combined with the Development Administrative Assistant Internship.

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Development Administrative Assistant Intern - 0.25 position(s)

Job Description: Work closely with the membership coordinator using Microsoft Office software to prepare letters and renewal mailings. Additional tasks include working with databases and assisting with events. Attention to detail is essential, with ability to work carefully, both independently and as a member of a team.

 Educational Value: Student will gain experience in the field of development and membership management. Student will develop problem solving and communication skills.

Job Requirements: Student is required to have skills in computer applications such as MS Word, Excel, and Access. The ability to work independently is essential. This position may be combined with the File internship if student is UMSI master’s student.

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