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Student Job Opportunities

Landscape Assistant

Help "recommission" the campus landscape to prepare for the return of students, faculty, and staff to in-person instruction this fall.  Over 20 summer student positions are available to work throughout campus on landscape maintenance and improvements.  Learn more and apply online by June 18.

Waterway Stewardship Internship Co-Coordinator

Enhance the Arboretum Waterway and help coordinate the Waterway Stewardship Learning by Leading Internship. This yearlong student position will involve hands-on field and internship coordination tasks. Learn more and apply by June 18.

Habitat Horticulture Internship Co-Coordinator

Enhance habitat gardens and learn about biodiversity in the urban environment while coordinating the Habitat Horticulture Learning by Leading™ Internship. This yearlong student position will involve hands-on field and internship coordination tasks. Learn more and apply by June 20.

Plant Records and Mapping Internship (Unpaid)

Hybrid internship working both remotely and in the field with professional horticultural and curatorial staff and student team to develop plant ID skills, practice field surveying methods, and/or develop program materials. Learn more and apply by June 21.

Urban Tree Stewardship Internship Co-Coordinator

Grow the next generation of campus trees and learn about urban forestry while coordinating the Urban Tree Stewardship Learning by Leading™ Internship. This yearlong student position will involve hands-on field and internship coordination tasks. Learn more and apply online by June 30.

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