Propagation Intern


1500 North College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711-3157 · Phone 909-625-8767 · Fax 909626-7670

TITLE:                        Propagation Intern

DEPARTMENT:         Conservation

STATUS:                   Full time hourly

REPORTS TO:          Restoration Project Manager

Position Overview:

In collaboration with the a variety of conservation partners, the propagation intern will assist the Restoration Project Manager with restoration projects across southern California.  Duties include care and maintenance of container plants in a nursery setting, outplanting of containerized plants at restoration sites, watering, weeding, and general maintenance at restoration sites. Must approach all tasks with respect for natural, cultural and fiscal resources, co-workers, volunteers, partner agencies, and organizations. This is a full time seasonal position (40 hours a week for approximately 6 months.).

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Under cooperative agreements between RSABG and other agencies, assists in the execution of restoration projects.
  • Propagate restoration plants via cuttings, seed, and division.
  • Drive and navigate to field sites.
  • Collect seed, vegetative cuttings, and divisions in the field for propagation.
  • Plant container plants at restoration sites.
  • Water, weed, and conduct maintenance in the nursery and at restoration sites.
  • Perform all phytosanitary practices in the nursery and field setting.
  • Maintain records and files in relation to propagation duties.
  • Supervise and assist volunteers.



  • A working knowledge of basic taxonomic principles and characteristics of major plant families and California flora desired. 
  • Ability to perform difficult physical labor such as transporting water, planting container plants, bending and standing for long periods of time.
  • Knowledge of basic horticulture practices through previous horticulture college classes or volunteer work.
  • Willingness to work with or be around pesticides or herbicides with training and supervision.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
  • Valid driver’s license and willingness to drive a large box truck or other large vehicle.
  • Clean driving record.

Physical demands

  • Ability to conduct fieldwork under a variety of environmental conditions is required.
  • The physical ability to work outdoors all day in unpredictable weather conditions.
  • Must have physical strength and endurance sufficient to carry field equipment and supplies.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.

Qualified candidates please send cover letter and resume to:

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Attention:  Billy Sale 

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.