Campus Farm Native Plants 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 Campus Farm Native Plants Intern will work with the Associate Curator and Campus Farm staff to establish native plants within and around the Campus Farm landscape, with the aim of promoting pollinator diversity, beneficial insects, and regenerative agriculture. The intern will be an integral part of the Campus Farm team and participate in Campus Farm activities. They will also coordinate the involvement of the Campus Farm team in assisting with native plantings and maintenance. The internship program runs May 6 through late August and includes some 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.


  • Growing, planting, and caring for native plants 
  • Preparing planting sites
  • Removing overly competitive, non-native plants
  • Collecting, cleaning, storing, and dispersing native plant seed
  • Participating in Campus Farm activities as assigned.
  • Estimate of duties: 75% native plant care, 25% campus farm.

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

Desired Qualifications*

  • Coursework and experience in identification of herbaceous plants
  • Coursework and experience in agroecology, horticulture, botany, ecology, soil ecology, and related subjects

Additional Information

  • In-person, up to 40 hours per week May-August
  • Compensation- $15.00/hour
  • Work location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
  • Occasional evening or weekend work.
  • 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.