The Mercer Botanical Center is seeking a Herbarium/Conservation Botany Intern who will learn how to georeference specimens collected in Texas and complete data entry. The Intern will also work outdoors in areas including the conservation nursery, conservation display garden, Harris County Precinct 4 Prairie Dawn Preserve, and native plant restoration sites in East Texas. Paid internships for spring 2020 average 20 hours per week worked primarily Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. To apply, send a résumé and cover letter with subject: MBC Herbarium/Botany Internship, email to Linda Costanzo LCostanzo@hcp4.net and Suzzanne Chapman firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mercer Botanical Center at Mercer Botanic Gardens is seeking a
Herbarium/Botany Summer Intern. The Intern will catalog and geo-reference plant specimens of this important collection of the flora of the Houston metropolitan area and East Texas. The internship will be from May 11, 2019 – August 30, 2019. Applicants must be at least 16 years old. Those interested should complete the internship application found at testhcp4.net. There is no Job/Announcement Number, but applicants should complete the general application for employment and fill in “MBG Herbarium/Botany Intern Internship” as the job title. Email completed application to LCostanzo@hcp4.net and email@example.com. Résumés and cover letters are accepted, but they do not replace the required application.
What is a herbarium? It is a collection of pressed, dried and mounted plants and plant parts. These are stored on acid-free paper in climate and pest-controlled cabinets. Mercer Botanic Gardens herbarium, registered as MERCA in Index Herbariorum, a global directory of herbaria and staff, includes plants of east Texas, rare eastern Texas species, permanent sample sites that include Harris County saline prairies, and specimens from Mercer Botanic Gardens living collections. In the spring of 2017, the herbarium collection at Mercer will grow from approximately 5,000 to about 50,000 specimens with the long-term loan of a collection from the Robert Vines Environmental Science Center and Arboretum (Spring Branch Science Center) herbarium, registered as SBSC in Index Herbariorum, an important collection documenting the flora of the Houston metro area and East Texas.
See the full job description: MercerHerbariumIntern2017.pdf.