Memorial Park Conservancy seeks Native Plant Grow-Out Intern

The goal of the Native Plant Grow-Out Research Program is to build a relationship between Masters/Undergraduate students and Memorial Park staff in the management and operations of greenhouse and to inform ecological restoration and park care. The objective is to bring academic skills and resources to Memorial Park, benefiting all Houstonians.

The Native Plant Grow-Out Intern will help to complete tasks in the greenhouse and associate lath house area.  Greenhouse restoration and conservation activities will be a large part of on-going work. The Native Grow-Out Intern will be reporting to the Conservation Program Manager and the Conservation Director. The Native Grow-Out Intern will develop competency in and complete all tasks established by the Conservation Program Manager to effectively and efficiently grow quality Native Plants.  In addition, the Native Plant Grow-Out Intern be responsible for completing a research study on a topic that is mutually agreed upon by MPC Conservation Program Manager and the student, culminating in a presentation and written deliverable.

Priority will be given to part-time, 10 to 20 hours/week, paid internships for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Who Should Apply:

Undergraduate and Masters students studying:

  • Horticulture
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Soil Science

    INTERNS SHOULD:

    • Expect to plant, seed collect, dry, package, irrigate, fertilize, weed, prune, clean, transplant, maintain plants, seed and soil in an organic manner
    • Notify Manager of irrigation system issues for greenhouse and repair Irrigation Equipment as needed
    • Assist Manager in inventory and ordering process as needed
    • Assist Manager with administrative tasks such as seed records, recording, and production
    • Be receptive to learning new methods of growing/gardening and sharing existing knowledge of growing/gardening
    • Identify plants as well as problems such as diseases, weeds, and insect pests
    • Take stewardship of the land, plants and environment by making a commitment to the sustainability and well-being of the project and the people involved
    • Support production planning and scheduling for all areas of park and native plant production
    • Develop and discuss alternative and innovative strategies for greenhouse growing and maintenance which applies to intensive native plant production.

    SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:

    • Knowledge of Organic Growing Methods
    • Ability to properly use tools such as (but not limited to) shovels, rakes, hoes, stirrup hoes, clippers, pruners and sprayers.
    • Self-Motivated
    • Solid communication and analytical skills
    • Adaptable—thrives in a constantly changing work environment
    • Enthusiastic, creative team member—able and willing to participate in park/community life

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • Must have Valid Driver’s License
    • This position is physically demanding and requires the applicant to be able to lift 40 pounds on a regular basis, as well as function in physical positions such as stooping, bending, turning, twisting, walking, climbing, reaching and squatting
    • Ability to work in environmental conditions of cold, hot, wet and humid

    Interested candidates should send a (a) letter of interest addressing your skills, level of interest, and potential contributions, (b) your resume, and (c) 3 references electronically to Daniel Millikin, Conservation Program Manager, at [email protected]