Plant Conservation Intern - Claremont, CA

California Botanic Garden is devoted to California native plants — and all the wildlife and people who love them.
California Botanic Garden is the largest botanic garden dedicated to California native plants, promoting botany, conservation and horticulture to inspire, inform and educate the public and scientific community about California's native flora. The Garden is a living museum with curated collections of more than 22,000 California native plants, some of which are rare or endangered. Spread across 86 acres in Claremont, California, the Garden is located approximately 35 miles east of Los Angeles. The Garden displays about 2000 taxa of California plants and includes those native to the California Floristic Province.

Position Overview

The internship program in Applied Plant Conservation at California Botanic Garden (CalBG) 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. An emphasis will be placed on seed conservation. This is a seasonal position (400 hours total).

Educational Workshops Included:

  • California Plant Diversity and Climate Change
  • Field Techniques and Plant Identification
  • Seed Conservation
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Plant Pathogens and Nursery Best Practices
  • Career Panel

$15 per hour

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Participates in conservation projects between CalBG and other government agencies or private contractors, including seed collecting, seed processing, general botanical surveys, rare plant surveys and monitoring, invasive species surveys, plant propagation and maintenance of living plants in CalBG’s nursery.
  • Assists the herbarium curatorial staff with various aspects of herbarium management, including preparation of plant specimens for inclusion in the herbarium and digitization.
  • Assist with botanical surveys.
  • Assists with plant propagation and restoration maintenance.
  • Assists with record keeping and data management.
  • Identifies field collections, and enters specimen data.
  • Assists conservation staff on various plant conservation projects as directed.
  • Works with other interns and volunteers.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Coursework towards a degree in the biological sciences required.
  • Ability to follow instructions, work successfully with others, and work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Strong writing and verbal skills, and computer skills (word processing, databases).
  • Familiarity with databases.
  • Familiarity with basic taxonomic principles and characteristics of major plant families and California flora.
  • Willingness to work with or be around pesticides or herbicides with training and supervision.

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:
California Botanic Garden
Attention: Naomi Fraga
1500 N College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711

California Botanic Garden  | 1500 N College Ave., Claremont CA 91711 |909.625.8767