The Miller Seed Vault is at the Center for Urban Horticulture, in the UW Botanic Gardens. (See map and directions.)
Seed Vault Assistant
Time: year-round, weekdays between 9am and 5pm (hours flexible)
Help Rare Care preserve seeds of rare plants for perpetuity. Seed vault assistants help with cleaning, counting and packaging seeds of rare native plants for long-term storage in the Miller Seed Vault. Volunteers work in the Miller Seed Vault processing room, a climate-controlled environment with an ambient temperature of 57 degrees F. and a relative humidity of 22%. Working with seeds requires a strong attention to detail. You’ll handle very small seeds with hand tools.
“Time: year-round, weekdays between 9am and 5pm (hours flexible) Minimum commitment: 2 hours per week, 6 months minimum
Do you enjoy growing native plants? Propagation assistants work with Rare Care staff to conduct germination testing of seeds in the Miller Seed Vault. Activities include initiating and running germination tests, keeping weekly records on germination results, and potting and caring for seedlings. Dependability, accuracy and a background in horticulture are desirable.
How to Apply
Apply for a volunteer position with Rare Care by filling out an online volunteer application. Visit the UW Botanic Gardens “Volunteer” web page and select “Rare Care Seed Vault Assistant.”
If you have questions, feel free to call the Rare Care office at (206) 616-0780 or email us.