Indigenous Collaborative Garden 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. 

Summary

This is a student summer internship position with Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. This collaborative joint position will work with the Curators and the Campus Farm staff to prepare the Indigenous Collaborative Garden site, participate in the planting under Tribal leadership and guidance, and maintain the garden through the summer. The balance of the position?s time will be spent as part of the Campus Farm production team. 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.

Responsibilities*

  • Precise record-keeping and documentation of the work is required
  • Developing social media materials is expected, but this will be vetted/edited in advance of any release by Tribal partners. 
  • Planning with Curator, Tribal Partners, and Campus Farm Program Managers ICG planting ceremony and harvest feast.
  • ICG pre-planting site preparation, weekly care of ICG plants including, watering, weeding, trellising, and  postseason clean up as guided by tribal collaborators with support from Campus Farm. 
  • Working with other Campus Farm interns on  Campus Farm production tasks including planting,  weeding, watering, harvesting, etc, of Campus Farm crops grown for campus. 
  • Precise record-keeping and documentation of the work is required
  • Developing social media materials is expected, but this will be vetted/edited in advance of any release by Tribal partners. 
  • Planning with Curator, Tribal Partners, and Campus Farm Program Managers ICG planting ceremony and harvest feast.
  • ICG pre-planting site preparation, weekly care of ICG plants including, watering, weeding, trellising, and  postseason clean up as guided by tribal collaborators with support from Campus Farm. 
  • Working with other Campus Farm interns on  Campus Farm production tasks including planting,  weeding, watering, harvesting, etc, of Campus Farm crops grown for campus. 

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.
  • Prior engagement or interest with social justice work and/or food sovereignty work
  • Work well in teams 
  • Skills or experience in growing plants outdoors
  • Ability to be (re)trained to garden by cultural protocols
  • This position may require a valid driver's license and a motor vehicle record check in order to operate MBGNA vehicles.

Additional Information

  • One in-person internship, 40 hours/week (approximately 1/4 time on garden, and 3/4 time, Campus Farm production) for May-August. 
  • Compensation: $15./hr
  • Occasional evening or weekend work.
  • 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.