Ecological Monitoring Intern

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How to Apply

Applications are welcomed and encouraged from all qualified individuals regardless of background and identity. A one-page cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline experience that directly relates to it. 


This is a student summer internship position with Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. The Ecological Monitoring Intern will work with the Associate Curator and GIS Specialist to develop and implement ecological monitoring protocols in forests and wetlands to assess ecological change over time under differing management regimes and environmental conditions. Current projects include: 1) assessing oak and hickory regeneration in dry-mesic southern forests, 2) studying wetland plant composition in wild rice restoration sites, and 3) documenting the plant collections at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. Activities will include conducting vegetation sampling, collecting plant specimens, and using GIS, GPS, and databases to record and visualize data. The internship program runs May 6 through late August and may include evening and weekend hours.

Who We Are

University of Michigan's Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum (MBGNA) stewards over 840 acres of land and water across four properties in and around Ann Arbor, with Nichols Arboretum and Matthaei Botanical Gardens serving as its two anchor locations. Click here to view our Strategic Plan. With more than 500,000 annual visitors, MBGNA is committed to becoming a transformative force for social and ecological resilience through the lands and waters we steward. We put that commitment into action by:  

  • Positioning humans as active participants within the natural world and compelling the university community and our publics to negotiate the full complexity that entails
  • Advancing partnerships, programs, user experience, and all that we steward to catalyze equity and justice in a radically changing world
  • Emerging as University of Michigan's premier partner for research, teaching, and public impact in sustainability, climate-forward practices, and biocultural diversity
  • Promoting healthier communities, cultures, and ecosystems through active care and cultivation of the gardens, fields, natural habitats, and dynamic systems that sustain our world.

MBGNA seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan and sustain the excellence of University of Michigan.


  • Herbaceous and woody plant vegetation sampling, water quality sampling, data management and analysis, and literature review.
  • Using GIS, GPS, and databases to record and visualize data.

Required Qualifications*

  • Graduated high school and currently enrolled in a college/university by the internship start date of May 6, 2024, or a December 2023 or spring 2024 college or university graduate.
  • Coursework and experience in identification of herbaceous and woody plants preferred
  • Coursework and experience in ecology, forest ecology, soil ecology, aquatic ecology, GIS and related subjects helpful

Additional Information

  • Willingness to work outdoors in various weather conditions.
  • Willingness to hike in undeveloped areas of our properties.
  • Possible evening or weekend work assignments.
  • Work up to 40 hours per week, May - August
  • Compensation: $15.00/hour
  • For more information about Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, please visit

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for at least seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled at any time after the minimum posting period has ended. Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.