The Plant Conservation Intern(s) (PCI) will work to further the efforts of the Conservation Department at the North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG), specifically supporting the native plant materials development program. The purpose of this program is to provide both whole plant and bulk seed resources for use in the restoration of native plant communities at NCBG and throughout the southeastern United States. The internship is ideal for those seeking hands-on experience or careers in plant conservation, restoration ecology, and land management. PCI will gain experience in plant identification, seed collection, GPS and GIS, professional networking, and plant propagation. Working as part of the conservation team under the guidance of the Conservation Ecologist and the Conservation Grower, the PCI will collect seed of wild and cultivated native plant species, voucher specimens, and site-specific data for all collections. Additionally, the PCI will clean and process seeds for storage, identify plants to species level, identify target populations for collection, maintain detailed records and file reports. Finally, the PCI will assist with the propagation and maintenance of containerized native plants and seed increase beds.
Bachelor’s degree or higher in botany, plant ecology, or related field, knowledge of the southeastern flora and/or experience with dichotomous keys for plant identification, experience working outdoors in stressful conditions, a valid driver’s license, the ability to work with people of different backgrounds, high level of organizational skill, ability to self-motivate and work independently.
Experience with handheld, field based GPS, GIS, and Microsoft Office suites strongly desired, seed collection and processing experience and/or familiarity will the Seeds of Success protocols.
For more information and to apply visit http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/158816.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.