Student Opportunities

Arboretum Interactive Ecology Internship

Course description:
Field trips to local natural areas where participants will learn and practice vegetation survey methods used by the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). We have several ongoing projects that our efforts will support. During these field trips, discussions and investigations will take place about conservation and land management, ecology & evolution, and goals for the Arboretum native gardens and program. Interns will be assigned to gather more information and research one or more topics or facets each week. There will be assigned and optional readings. All participants will keep a journal. Photography, illustration and using GPS and smart mapping tools will be a part of the work (e.g. ESRI Collector, etc.), though not necessarily all of the above. Participants will be required to develop plant lists, and create short narrative descriptions of study areas. We are trying to anchor the schedule before Winter quarter which will be built around common availabilities.

Interns will participate in field botany and vegetation surveys in central coast natural areas, and work in the California Conservation Gardens in the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum.
To apply, please complete the form above. For more information or to set up an interview, contact Brett Hall, California Native Plant Program Director, (831) 212-4853;