This is a six-month position, applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
SPAWN is seeking reliable and independent interns with a passion for environmental restoration to join our team. Under supervision from the Native Plant Nursery Manager, the Native Plant Nursery Intern will be responsible for management of day-to-day nursery operations. Our nursery currently contains over 100 native species and over 5,000 individual plants, these will be used for upcoming restoration projects, re-creating vital riparian ecosystems.
Nursery work includes seed collection and processing, plant propagation, transplanting, data collection and entry, upkeep of nursery facilities, and design and out-planting of riparian restoration projects. The intern will also help with leading weekly volunteer workdays in the nursery and field, guiding volunteers in carrying out these projects. Additionally, the nursery intern will support education programs related to plant propagation and restoration, as well as volunteer recruitment and outreach.
This position is ideal for those looking to gain hands-on experience in native plant propagation, nursery management, and community-based environmental restoration. Your work (40 hours a week) is compensated through accommodation in shared housing just five miles from our office, under the incredible coast redwoods. You will also have the opportunity to volunteer at the local food bank in exchange for weekly groceries.
This is a full-time position Monday-Friday (Saturdays occasionally required). Work will be primarily outdoors (all weather conditions) and may be around poison oak and ticks
Day-to-day nursery management, operations, and upkeep
Seed collection, processing, and germination
Plant propagation, transplanting, pruning, and irrigation
Updating inventory stock, managing plant database, data collection and entry
Providing training and guidance for volunteers related to nursery operations and field restoration work
Assist with running field trips for local schools
Restoration of riparian habitat through planting native species, invasive species removal, watering, and site maintenance
Data entry and database management: collect data on plant growth and survival at restoration sites, research on propagation techniques, and restoration site monitoring.
Fieldwork experience or education in a relevant field
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
Ability to work outside in varying terrain and weather
Ability to lift up to 50lbs.
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Ability to work independently and organize oneself
Ability to use PC or Mac proficiently (Windows Office)
Ability to project a positive image with the community
Creative thinker and interest in helping to improve and develop new methods and ideas for restoration programs