By UW Sustainability | May 23, 2018

The Society for Ecological Restoration-UW Chapter (SER-UW) native plant nursery is seeking student interns for the summer quarter. Interns are expected to devote an average of 9 hours a week to nursery projects. In conjunction with the manager, interns will develop learning objectives based on individual interests and strengths, receiving credit for ESRM 399 or their school’s equivalent. The interns' time will be split between routine plant maintenance, integrated pest management, 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. Past internship projects include the construction of a coppice garden, irrigation design for the hoophouse, design of beneficial insectaries, and a nursery sustainability assessment. Applications are due by Friday, June 1st.

Potential future projects include:

  • outreach for the nursery, including developing our social media presence and signage
  • monitoring for pests and beneficial insects to improve our Integrated Pest Management program

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 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 why you would like to be considered, what you want to learn, and how your previous work experience and/or coursework apply to this position. To apply or request more information, email the nursery manager, Sarah Shank, at