Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 12, 2021

Job Opportunity: Restoration Intern

1500 North College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711-3157 · Phone 909-625-8767 · Fax 909 626-7670

TITLE: Restoration Intern  DEPARTMENT: Conservation Program
STATUS: Full time hourly (Temporary, 6 months)
REPORTS TO: Restoration Project Manager
DESIRED SCHEDULE: Wednesday – Saturday (Four 10 hour days)

Position Overview:

The Restoration Intern will work closely with the Seed Program and Nursery staff on rare/common plant seed banking and propagation/reintroduction contracts. Major duties will include field collections of seeds and cuttings, seed processing, plant propagation and maintenance. Approximately 10-20% of the time will be spent outdoors in rugged terrain. This will be an opportunity to work closely with multiple agencies (national forests, environmental consulting firms, etc.), and to develop hands-on knowledge of collection and propagation of wild plants. The intern must approach all tasks with respect for natural, cultural and fiscal resources, co-workers, volunteers, partner agencies, and organizations. This is a full time seasonal position (40 hours a week), that may require overnight stays in rugged terrain.
This is primarily a nursery based propagation position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Under cooperative agreements between California Botanic Garden and other agencies, assists in the execution of seed collection and growing contracts.
  • Assists with seed collection, processing and storage.
  • Assists in propagation and maintenance of living plants.
  • Assists in supervision of volunteers.
  • Assists in record keeping and data management.
  • Assists with implementing Best Management Practices in the nursery.
  • Assists with field collections and surveys.
  • Assists with out-planting and restoration site maintenance projects.


  • One or more years of professional experience in related fields (horticulture, nursery production, restoration, botanical field work, etc.) desired.
  • Currently seeking or graduated with a degree in horticulture, ecological restoration, botany, or a related field desired.
  • A working knowledge of basic taxonomic principles and characteristics of major plant families and California flora and/or willingness to learn required.
  • Knowledge of basic horticulture practices and/or willingness to learn required.
  • Willingness and ability to apply pesticides and work with other hazardous chemicals with training and supervision.
  • Willingness and ability to work with mechanical equipment (e.g. soil auger) as needed.
  • Familiarity with MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and Google platform required.
  • Valid driver’s license and knowledge and willingness to drive a box truck and 4wd vehicle over rugged terrain.

Physical demands:

  • Ability to conduct fieldwork under a variety of environmental conditions (heat, cold, rain, etc.) is required.
  • Ability to walk on uneven terrain through thick chaparral is required.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs is required.
  • Ability to do repetitive tasks for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to bend and kneel is required.
  • Ability to hike, walk, and stand for an extended period of time.
  • Ability to camp in outdoor rugged conditions.
  • Willingness to do overnight trips as needed.

Qualified candidates please send cover letter, resume, and three references to:
California Botanic Garden
Attention: Billy Sale
1500 N College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711
Fax to (909) 626-3489

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