Biological Technician (Plants) Intern

Position Description:
This internship will provide exposure to the Forest Service, and the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the  the production of tree seedlings and native grasses in a containerized greenhouse operation. 

Major duties will include, but not limited to:

  • Assist in the maintenance and operations of a controlled environment greenhouse, including adjustment of environmental controls, nutrient injectors, and pesticide/fungicide application (may require Pesticide Applicator License).
  • Observe seedling condition, soil condition, disease or insect activity and facilitates the necessary corrective measure to ensure quality seedlings and report situations to supervisor.
  • Assists in determining optional locations of seedlots, utilization of greenhouse space, and all aspects of sowing seed in containers.
  • Perform seedling inventories of container stock following specification guidelines.
  • Assist with grading and shipment of container stock.
  • Ensure all greenhouse activities are properly documented.
  • Assist in preventative equipment and facility maintenance including proper greenhouse sanitation procedures.
  • Assist with operation and maintenance of irrigation equipment.
  • Assist with all aspects of the nursery’s Grafting Program, including potting of grafting stock, grafting, greenhouse culture, and outplanting.
  • May also assist with seed cleaning, testing, and inventory in nursery Seed Bank.
  • May also assist with bareroot operations in fields.

Location: Ottawa National Forest (Watersmeet, MI)*
Compensation: $12/hour
Duration: 6 months
*Site housing available

Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be required.

Questions? Email Eboni Preston at
Greening Youth Foundation (GYF, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to nurture environmental stewardship among diverse youth and young adults, while exposing them to conservation careers.
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