Conservation & Ecological Restoration Summer Intern


Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

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Stephen Benigno

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Houston, TX
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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is looking for undergraduate students entering their Junior or Senior year, or recently graduated students with an interest in conservation, ecological restoration, and environmental research for a summer internship. This internship is designed for hands-on environmental work as well as performing research, allowing students to receive university credit hours.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Previous coursework in ecology, conservation, natural resource management, plant biology, horticulture, forestry,
    entomology, and/or familiarity with local plant and insect species is preferred
  • Previous coursework, experience, or familiarity with research and monitoring methods is recommended
  • Ability to work in a team with other interns and Conservation Staff
  • Must be able to work outdoors performing strenuous work in hot and humid weather
  • The ability to lift to 25 pounds, move safely over uneven terrain, climb stairs and work frequently outdoors

Primary Activities and Responsibilities:

  • Identify native plants and/or pollinating insects
  • Monitor field plots to assist with long-term ecological studies
  • Invasive species management, along with various removal methods including herbicide application
  • Assist or lead an ongoing or pilot research study related to conservation and ecological restoration practices
  • Assist best management practices associated with conservation, ecological restoration and natural resource
    management including native plant propagation, trail mulching, and assisting staff with daily duties

How to Apply:
Submit the documents below to Conservation Director, Stephen Benigno, at

  • Official Transcripts
  • A one page resume with work history, relevant coursework, and any other relevant information
  • A one page cover letter explaining why you are interested and qualified for this opportunity and what experiences you hope to achieve through the internship

Learn more and read the full job posting at

Compensation Information

$14/hr, up to 40 hrs a week, paid bi-weekly