By UW Sustainability | Dec 4, 2015

The UW Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration has two open student internship positions for the winter quarter. The interns will work with SER-UW's native plant nursery and could fill a variety of roles, depending on the applicants.  The nursery is located on campus at the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH). It is a student run operation that provides plants to the on-campus restoration projects that SER-UW manages. This year, with the support of a Campus Sustainability Fund grant, the nursery is expanding by building a new hoop house, growing more plants from seed and cuttings, and increasing its opportunities for volunteer involvement.

The deadline to apply for the internships is Friday, December 11. See below for information on how to apply.

Request for internship applicants

The native plant nursery is seeking two undergraduate student interns for winter quarter. Interns are expected to devote an average of 9 hours a week to nursery projects. In conjunction with the co- managers, interns will develop learning objectives based on individual interests and strengths, to receive credit for ESRM 399 or their school’s equivalent. The interns' time will be split between routine plant maintenance, plant propagation, nursery infrastructure projects, helping with weekly volunteer work parties, and individual projects. Each intern will have a different focus to help tackle the many and diverse needs of a native plant nursery. Possible internship roles include:

Building Projects Intern will help with the construction of the hoop house. The applicant should be comfortable with power tools (or willing to learn).

Communications Intern will help develop an advertising strategy to increase volunteer involvement, assist with SER-UW’s Wordpress website design, advertise work parties, and maintain and increase the club’s social media presence.

Plant Order Coordinator will orchestrate the purchasing and pickup of plants by the restoration capstone course. He or she will also manage the inventory and help us determine what plants to grow for the restoration capstone course next year.

Work Party Coordinator will help plan weekly work parties that are focused on building the hoop house, plant salvages and plant propagation and maintenance work.

Both Interns are expected to:

  • - be willing to get dirty, get wet, and work in all weather conditions
  • - be on time and follow directions closely
  • - work well with fellow interns and co-managers, and be comfortable working independently
  • - problem solve and know when to ask for help
  • - work well with volunteers- be available for weekly volunteer work parties
  • - be able to lift 40 lbs and walk on uneven terrain


To apply send a resume and a 300-500 word description of why you are interested. Please indicate which role(s) you would like to be considered for, what you want to learn, and how your previous work experience and/or coursework apply to this position. Contact the nursery co-managers, Anna Carragee and Kelly Broadlick, at with questions, for more information, or to submit your application.

Applications are due by Friday, December 11th