Campus Farm 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 is a student-driven, multi-stakeholder, living-learning lab for sustainable food systems work on campus. The farm is dedicated to the ecological production of food, on-farm carbon neutrality, and food justice centered around food grown by students for students. Produce grown on the farm goes to dining halls on campus, UM Farm Stand, Maize and Blue Cupboard food pantry, and other food access programs in the community. The internship program runs May 6 through late August and includes some required 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.


  • Organic transplant seeding, watering and care
  • Crop planting, weeding, irrigation, pest and disease management
  • Organic and ecological soil management
  • Small farm-equipment and hand tool use and operation
  • Harvest, post-harvest handling, food safety, sales and distribution

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.
  • Candidates should enjoy physical and at times strenuous work, being outdoors, and reaping the physical and metaphorical fruits (and vegetables) of their labor. 
  • Ability and willingness to work in an inclusive and team-oriented way with diverse audiences, partner organizations, and programs involved with the Campus Farm.
  • This position may require a valid driver?s license and a motor vehicle record check in order to operate MBGNA vehicles.

Additional Information

  • Internships are full time farm work 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday, from May 1 through August 25 with some required weekends. 
  • 4 positions available
  • Compensation: $15/hr
  • Positions include a blend of in season farm management responsibilities related to crop production, distribution and sales including weekly work plan development and execution.
  • Management focal areas for individual interns may include: Produce Sales & Distribution, Farm Stand, Seeding and Transplant Production, and Wash Pack & Post Harvest Handling.
  • Potential for continuation part time into fall term exists as do opportunities for possible advancement into student management team roles.
  • Internships will follow a scaffolded structure for increasing  knowledge, skills and management over the course of the summer allowing increased agency over farm management towards the end of the internship. 
  • Positions are based primarily at Campus Farm at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, with travel in provided UM vehicles to campus locations for produce sales and delivery.
  • 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.