Learning by Leading Students

Learning by Leading

Student Opportunities

Our Arboretum and Public Garden Learning by Leading™ Program is currently recruiting for some of our teams!

Ecological Land Management Internship (Unpaid/ Eligible for Internship Credit)

The interns will work within the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve and the Campus Naturalized Lands to execute a wide variety of natural resource stewardship tasks associated with the ongoing management and maintenance of these diverse public spaces. The ELM team works to promote biological diversity and improve the ecological integrity, resiliency, and adaptability of the plant communities within the reserve through hands-on wildlife habitat restoration and project implementation. Activities performed will include native plant installation, irrigation installation, invasive weed control, seed collection, fence installation and removal, and other physical improvements related to natural land management. Download the application and apply by 12/18/2023.

Edible Garden Assistants (Paid)
Under the supervision of Arboretum horticulture staff, this position will work in teams and independently to perform essential work in maintaining edible and ornamental landscapes in the Arboretum, with a special focus on the Good Life Garden and the Salad Bowl Garden. Click here to apply and the deadline is 12/4/2023.
Nursery Management Internship (Unpaid/ Eligible for Internship Credit)
This internship will be completely outdoors (regardless of weather) and will involve hands-on plant related activities at the Teaching Nursery. It's an amazing opportunity to work closely with peers and mentors in a fostering environment! Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, click here to apply.
SmartLandscape (Unpaid)
Interns will work together to reach the ultimate goal of the SmartLandscape program: to reduce water and fertilizer use in urban landscaping while maintaining aesthetic and ecological value to the community.  The team will meet once a week, on Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. during Winter Quarter 2024. Click here to apply and the deadline is 1/5/2024.

Learning by Leading™

We believe that students learn best by leading.

Leadership skills and real-world experience combine to help our students address the earth’s most important environmental issues. The Learning by Leading™ internship program offers quarter-long and school year-long internships in which students gain leadership experience addressing a variety of environmental sustainability, restoration and literacy issues by working in teams to solve real-world problems in the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. Internships correspond with the UC Davis academic schedule and are offered fall, winter and spring quarters. Summer internships are offered on an individual basis, in coordination with staff mentors.

Students in this program can graduate with . . .

  • Central Valley gardening, drought-tolerant landscaping, habitat restoration and California native plant cultivation experience.
  • Knowledge of horticultural best practices, plant propagation, landscaping, education, and community outreach experience.
  • Highly transferable leadership, team-building, and 21st century professional skills.
  • Strong mentor relationships with staff experts and earn recommendations to support future endeavors.
  • Knowledge organizing events that engage volunteers, visitors and other community members.
  • A new network of students engaged in improving our campus outdoor spaces and positively impacting our planet’s environment.

Internship Overviews