Conservation Seed Bank Curation Assistant
Conservation seed collections are a huge part of our rare plant program and our first line of defense against plant extinctions. Each year, we collect thousands of seeds from rare plants across California for long-term storage in our conservation seed bank. Interns may help clean, sort, organize, and package seeds for long-term storage at the Garden and the USDA National Laboratory for Genetic Resources Preservation in Fort Collins, CO. This work is critical to the success of our seed bank and contributes directly to conservation. This task requires attention to detail and organizational skills. Some have described the work as meditative. Interns may have the opportunity to join field collection trips when possible.
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.