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  • Native Plant Nursery, Cactus Society launch internship program

    Apr 09, 2019 | Read More News
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    Pima County’s Native Plant Nursery and the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society are offering an eight-week summer internship to a student interested in conservation and horticulture.

    The student can work a flexible schedule, totaling 20 hours a week over eight weeks this summer. The Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society will pay $2,000 in the form of a scholarship to the accredited educational institution of the student – age 16 to college age.

    The student intern will report to Jessie Byrd, manager of the Native Plant Nursery. The internship is designed to provide real-world experiences supporting conservation and horticultural education. 

    At the end of the internship, the student will submit a one-page report and present it to TCSS Board of Directors.  
    Native Plant Nursery
    Application deadline is May 1. Students are encouraged to visit the nursery, 5845 N. Camino de la Tierra, before applying. 

    “This is a great opportunity that we promise will be hot and sweaty and lots of fun!” Byrd said. “And thanks to the generosity of the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society education fund, it’s also a great way to earn money for school.”

    Students should limit application to a one-page summary giving background experience and interest in the position, including all contact information. Send applications to Jessie.Byrd@pima.gov.

    Launched in 2001, the Native Plant Nursery has provided tens of thousands of native plants for County public works projects. All of the plants grown there end up in public spaces. 

    In addition to caring for some 20,000 plants representing more than 200 different species, the Native Plant Nursery also maintains a native seed library of 130 species. Learn more at their website.