SmartScape interns will learn practical horticultural skills and expand their knowledge of vegetation management through participation in planting and irrigation activities. Students will gain a greater understanding of landscape water-saving strategies, get hands on experience in restoring native habitat, learn to identify native and invasive plants and wildlife, and support research and community education. Students will be encouraged and mentored to approach landscape ecology from both humanistic and biological contexts with consideration for aesthetics, function, and ecological needs of the landscape and its wildlife. Students will also build teamwork and leadership skills through trainings, in-the-field problem solving and co-creation.
Working with SmartScape staff mentors and fellow student coordinators, interns will support the installation of a variety of water-wise gardens, including a Pollinator Study Garden and Native Plant Hedgerow as part of the California Center for Urban Horticulture's (CCUH) SmartLandscape initiative. These projects will be displayed on campus at the Western Center for Agricultural Equipment as exhibits to industry partners and local communities to demonstrate water conservation and sustainable landscape design.
Quarters: Fall, Winter and/or Spring (students are encouraged to participate for more than one quarter)
Schedule: 3 hours/week
Units: 1 unit/quarter