Conservation Intern


1500 North College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711-3157 · Phone 909-625-8767 · Fax 909-626-7670

TITLE:                       Plant Conservation Intern

DEPARTMENT:        Conservation

STATUS:                    Full-Time (10 weeks)

REPORTS TO:           Director of Conservation Programs

Position Overview:

The internship program in Applied Plant Conservation at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden provides an opportunity for students and recent graduates to gain exposure in five areas of our plant conservation program: field studies, herbarium, seed conservation, restoration, and nursery programs. Interns will rotate through these five programs and will gain an understanding in plant conservation, through hands-on experiential learning, as well as six education workshops that we will provide. This is a seasonal position (400 hours total).

Educational Workshops

  • California Plant Diversity and Climate Change
  • Field Techniques and Plant Identification
  • Seed Conservation
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Horticulture and restoration
  • Career Panel

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participates in conservation projects between RSABG and other government agencies or private contractors, including seed collecting, seed bulking, seed processing, general botanical surveys, rare plant inventory and monitoring, invasive species surveys, plant propagation and maintenance of living plants in RSABG’s nursery.
  • Assists the herbarium curatorial staff with various aspects of herbarium management, including preparation of plant specimens for inclusion in the herbarium.
  • Assists with record keeping and data management.
  • Identifies field collections, enters specimen data, and generates specimen labels using interactive computer-based system.
  • Assists in preparation of reports and other documents for field collections and contract projects for submission to government agencies and contractors.
  • Assists conservation staff on various plant conservation projects as directed.
  • Assists in supervising and working with volunteers.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Coursework towards a degree in the biological sciences required; Bachelor of Science in botany, biology, or equivalent environmental science preferred.
  • Ability to follow instructions, work successfully with others, and work independently with minimal supervision is critical.
  • Strong writing and verbal skills, the ability to type, and computer skills (word processing, databases, and simple graphics) are essential. Advanced computer skills are desirable; familiarity with databases is a plus. 
  • Familiarity with GIS and/or other mapping software (ArcView, Topo, DeLorme), and a working knowledge of basic taxonomic principles and characteristics of major plant families and California flora desired.

Physical demands

  • Ability to conduct fieldwork under a variety of environmental conditions is required.
  • Must have physical strength and endurance sufficient to carry field equipment and supplies and hike over steep, rugged terrain.
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs is required.
  • Ability to hike, walk, and stand for an extended period of time.

Qualified candidates please send cover letter and resume to:

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Attention: Joy England 

1500 N College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711

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Fax to (909) 626-3489


Volunteering is a wonderful way to explore the many facets of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

Visit the “Become a Volunteer” page on our website to learn more about opportunities.