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Work study and internship positions at the Botanic Garden are popular with students and tend to fill quickly. This is a listing of all positions, but does not indicate that the position is currently open. If you see a position in which you are interested, you can check on the Student Employment Website and see whether we are still seeking to fill that position.

We require that all students work in minimum of two hour blocks of time. All indoor positions require students to work Mondays through Fridays between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:00 pm. For outdoor positions, the hours are 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Botanic Garden Staff including Madelaine Zadik, Sheri Peabody, Rob Nicholson, Jay Girard, and Elaine Chittenden.

Work Study:

Label Engraver - Trained by Manager of Living Collections to use our engraving machine, this student works on producing metal accession labels for our outdoor plant collection and plastic display labels. Good computer skills and attention to detail is needed. Some knowledge of plant taxonomy is helpful.

Curatorial Assistant - Trained by Manager of Living Collections, this student works on documenting our plant collections: research on plant accessions, database data entry, and analyzing data for accuracy. Also involves mapping and measuring specimens, as well as assessing specimen health. Coursework in plant systematics and excellent computer skills needed.

Conservatory Assistant - This student works with the Lyman Conservatory staff and assists with various projects as assigned in the greenhouses. Gardening experience and familiarity with plants is needed as well as a willingness to get dirty.

Office Assistant/Receptionist - This student works at the Reception Desk at the Lyman Plant House greeting visitors, performing merchandise sales, distributing audio tours, answering the phone etc., and helping with a variety of office tasks including inventorying merchandise, mailings, processing memberships, typing envelopes for seed orders and assisting with preparing the Index Seminum document, preparing education materials, calling and scheduling volunteers, xeroxing and shredding documents, and other tasks as assigned. This position requires enjoying working with the public, excellent computer skills, good organizational skills, and attention to detail.

Outdoor Garden Assistant - Trained by the garden staff, this student is assigned to various tasks in the outdoor gardens and campus arboretum. Gardening experience and familiarity with plants is needed as well as a willingness to get dirty.

Web Designer - Assists with maintaining the Botanic Garden web pages and adding new features to the Botanic Garden's web site ( Requires familiarity with web design, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Flash, and HTML.

Academic Year Internships:

Education/Exhibition Intern - Working with the Manager of Education and Outreach, this internship involves the development of interpretive and exhibition materials for the Exhibition Gallery, the Lyman Conservatory, and outdoor garden areas – developing signage or brochures for the collections and exhibitions, as well as curriculum materials. The student will research, design, write text, and follow through production of materials and be involved in the installation of exhibitions. The student will serve as a tour guide for school groups visiting the Lyman Conservatory. The position requires a plant science and education background and excellent computer and writing skills.

Curatorial Intern -Working with Manager of Living Collections, this internship involves all aspects of plant collections management. Duties include recording, documenting, mapping, and labeling new accessions, and inventorying our indoor and outdoor collections, looking at accuracy of existing records and maps. Other parts of the internship include working on our international seed exchange: collecting and cleaning seed, developing seed germination protocols, and processing seed orders. The intern will continue work begun this past year on the Interactive Digitally Integrated Landscape Project, learning mobile technologies and field collection techniques. As part of the internship the student takes on a special project for which she will be responsible. This position requires a plant science background with coursework in systematics, plus excellent computer skills.

All positions require the submission of a Botanic Garden Application. For more information about any of the positions contact: Madelaine Zadik .

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Last updated on Monday, September 20, 2010.