Winter Quarter Native Plant Nursery Internships

The UW student chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration’s (SER-UW) native plant nursery is located on campus at the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH). It is a student run operation that provides plants to the on-campus restoration projects that SER-UW manages. This year, with the support of a Campus Sustainability Fund grant, the nursery is expanding by developing experiments and curriculum on plant propagation and production.

Request for internship applicants

The native plant nursery is seeking two undergraduate student interns for winter quarter. Interns are expected to devote an average of 9 hours a week to nursery projects. In conjunction with the co-managers, interns will develop learning objectives based on individual interests and strengths, receiving credit for ESRM 399 or their school’s equivalent. The interns’ time will be split between routine plant maintenance, plant propagation, nursery infrastructure projects, helping with weekly volunteer work parties, and individual projects. Each intern will have a different focus to help tackle the many and diverse needs of a native plant nursery. The two intern position descriptions are as follows:

Plant Propagation & Production Intern will help develop and carry out experiments focusing on various aspects of plant growth including media type, fertilizer, water regime, stratification and more. This intern will develop propagation protocols that will help to ensure high germination and growth rates for species grown in the nursery.

Education Intern will help develop and teach classes pertaining to native plant production and use. This intern will write and help teach short lessons for volunteer parties as well as help teach longer classes that will be open both to students and the public, helping the nursery be an educational resource for students and community members.
Both Interns are expected to:

● be willing to get dirty, get wet, and work in all weather conditions

● be on time and follow directions closely

● work well with fellow interns and co-managers, and be comfortable working independently

● problem solve and know when to ask for help

● work well with volunteers- be available for weekly volunteer work parties

● be able to lift 40 lbs and walk on uneven terrain


To apply send a resume and a 300-500 word description of why you are interested. Please indicate which role(s) you would like to be considered for, what you want to learn, and how your previous work experience and/or coursework apply to this position. Contact the nursery co-managers, Derek Allen and Mary-Margaret Greene, at with questions, for more information, or to submit your application.

Applications are due by Friday, December 9th.