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Native Plant Propagation Internship at University of Idaho

by Ivara J. Roth on February 21, 2019

Come be an intern at the Pitkin Nursery in northern Idaho!

The Franklin H. Pitkin Nursery in the College of Natural Resource, University of Idaho is an operational native plant nursery that grows over 65 species native to the Inland Northwest each year. Our facility routinely grows over 400,000 containerized seedlings used for native plant restoration across the region and the nation.

We are seeking 1 or more paid interns for summer 2019 to learn about native plant horticultural science and/or assist with growing the nursery crop.

Interns interested in horticultural research will work with faculty on projects designed to manipulate plant growth and health by modifying growing conditions and resource availability. Advanced interns will have the opportunity to explore treatment effects on plant physiology.

Operational greenhouse interns will work with nursery staff to develop skills to one day manage a container nursery. Example activities include irrigation, fertilization, maintaining crop records, identifying and solving disease and pest issues, and other cultural practices to control development and health of native plants.

The internship will be 10 weeks from June 3-August 9, 2019, although we are flexible with start and end dates to accommodate academic calendars. Intern pay will range from $10.50-$14 per hour depending on experience for 40 hours per week. Interns are expected to find their own housing in Moscow, Idaho during the internship. Short-term housing is abundant in the summer with sub-leases and we can help with the search.

To apply, please submit an application package in a single document that includes:

(i) a statement of interest indicating why native plants and horticulture interest you, and your future career interests, no more than 500 words, 

(ii) a resume that includes past work experience, your university, you major, current GPA, and at least 2 academic or professional references.

Submit your application to Dr. Andrew Nelson (, Director of the Pitkin Nursery.
Applicants that apply by March 1, 2019 will be given priority. Application deadline is March 18, 2019.

For more information about the Pitkin Nursery, take a look at our webpage:

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