K-12 Environmental Education Assistant 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. Within the Education Team, Environmental Education Interns will develop and implement interactive, informal environmental education and STEAM-related activities for K-12 field trips and youth programs. Interns will gain proficiency connecting Michigan and National Science Learning Goals to outdoor, immersive learning. Interns will gain skills in leadership, program creation, and collaboration. The internship program runs May 6 through late August and includes 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.


  • After training, lead K-12 field trips and other youth programs.¬†
  • Develop & implement nature based and sustainability activities for youth.
  • Track program participation, create surveys and learn program administration skills.
  • Collaborate to create content utilizing data collected and mapped on site, in order to foster connections between people, plants and the planet.

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*

  • Enjoy working with children and working outdoors
  • Strong interest in plants, people and ecological relationships¬†
  • Interest in learning how to develop graphics, lesson plans and other interactive learning tools will find this internship exciting.

Additional Information

  • Interns work 35-40 hours/week including some weekend and evening programs, May-August.
  • Primarily in-person with options for some hybrid work.¬†
  • Two positions available
  • Compensation: $15.00 per hour
  • Note: Since internship positions that involve work with children require a background check, students offered a position will be required to go through a background check process.
  • For more information about Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, please visit mbgna.umich.edu

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.