Plant Records Curation Intern
Employment TypePaid Internship (Full-time)
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is hiring!
Are you a student who is passionate about plants and our environment, loves collecting data, and committed to supporting the Gardens’ IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility) goals? We’re looking for a Plant Records Curation Intern excited about inspiring meaningful connections among people, plants, and nature in one of the most beautiful settings in Maine. See the full listing on our website: https://www.mainegardens.org/employment/
The Plant Records Curation Intern will gain hands-on experience in data recording, mapping, and imaging the Gardens’ living collections. With the opportunity to work throughout Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ diverse garden spaces and engage with plants each day, this intern will be immersed in the daily operations and deep project work that form the backbone of plant records work. This will include updating our plant records database and our accompanying web portal, Garden Explorer, thereby improving delivery of our living collections information to the public, staff, and volunteers, increasing the engagement and dissemination of educational content to these audiences.
Full-time, hourly, $15.75 per hour
Late May through Mid-August 2024
This is a twelve-week internship at 40 hours/week from late May to mid-late August. Flexible start and end date. There is an hourly wage for this internship. The successful candidate is responsible for his/her own transportation to and from the workplace. Assistance finding housing is available.
Physical and environmental factors:
Approximate percentages of time tasks are performed in carrying out the essential functions of this position:
70% of time bending/stooping, squatting, reaching above shoulder level, kneeling, hand/fingers used for repetitive motion, hands/fingers used for fine manipulation, hands/fingers used for firm grasping, head/neck in rotational movements, head/neck in extension movements, head/neck in flexing movements.
30% of time in sitting position.
Maximum load employee will be required to lift/carry is 35 or 50 lbs. per Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Employee Manual.
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is committed to creating an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible (IDEA) environment where every member of our community is valued, respected, and appreciated. Just as our landscapes and gardens are more resilient and beautiful through their diversity, we strive to promote IDEA principles on our team by embracing cultural and individual differences. We invite applications from candidates who will help us achieve this goal.
Duties & Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Plant Science and Collections Specialist, and using various software and mapping equipment, the intern will:
Assist with photographing the living collections.
Assist with adding new accession records of plant material to the plant records database.
Assist with data recording and database updates for the living collections.
Assist with mapping the living collections.
Assist with creating display plant labels and accession tags.
Work collaboratively with a team of staff and volunteers.
Education and Experience
Coursework or training in plant science, botany, horticulture, or a related field.
Familiarity with the conventions of plant nomenclature.
Experience using databases, spreadsheets, and GIS is preferred but not required.
Commitment to working across the organization to support the integration of IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) principles into CMBG’s internal operations and its relationships with visitors and guests.