Conservation Internship – Plant Biodiversity Explorer

Mid Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Plant Biodiversity Explorer – Conservation Internship 

Although the California flora has been carefully studied for decades, legions of plant mysteries remain to be solved, and many plants that are new to science remain to be formally described. Join the Garden’s plant systematists in investigating one of these plant taxonomic mysteries in a careful study of plant morphology. Plant Biodiversity Explorers work with specimens from the Garden’s herbarium and elsewhere to quantify aspects of the focal plant’s appearance. Explorers may make measurements of macromorphological features such as leaves using digital calipers, or assess truly ‘micro’ features using our scanning electron microscope.

Interns will work side-by-side with staff conducting work to understand, protect, and restore California’s biodiversity. Intern experiences will include introduction and training, progressively increasing responsibilities, and personalized goals and emphases, as well as learning about other work within the department and organization and other professional development opportunities. It will culminate with a chance to share your work with others, symposium-style, at the Garden. This is a temporary, non-exempt, 8-10 week internship position (between June and September, 2022). The application deadline is April 15, 2022, at 8 PM.

To apply, please click here: SANTA BARBARA BOTANIC GARDEN INC – Conservation Internship – Plant Biodiversity Explorer (

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