Native Plant Gardener Needed

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA is seeking a part time Native Plant Gardener. This position oversees gardening work in two main native collections with mulching, weeding and plant care. Ability to assist with signage and identification is helpful. Most time is spent in the Potomac Valley Collection (PVC). The PVC was initiated nearly twenty years ago to support the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC). Since that time it has developed into a key educational resource.

The PVC was recently documented in consultation with the Ted Bradley Herbarium at George Mason University. Currently, 82 families, 164 genera and 221 species are cultivated in a natural forest setting with many more in situ taxa present.  Unlike most public garden native plant collections, no selections are used and it features plants found only in the Potomac River basin as a biogeographic province. Full details of cultivated taxa in the collection can be seen at:

The second collection is the Native Virginia Wetland; here they are creating an example of the Great Dismal Swamp around a two acre lake and adjacent woodland. Thirty-five year old bald cypress trees anchor this beautiful space. Many species native to Southeastern Virginia are flourishing in cultivation.

Up to 25 hours a week. Flexible schedule. $12.18 per hour. Deer free environment.
Call Keith Tomlinson for further information 703-255-3631 X 102

Apply for Summer internship to support Heritage Habitat by March 15

It’s an age-old dilemma. College graduates get their diplomas and apply for their first jobs only to find that most jobs require experience. But how do you get experience if no one will hire you?

Virginia Cooperative Extension internships give you the opportunity to explore careers in nutrition, agriculture, environmental science, natural resources, family and consumer sciences or community and youth development. And you get paid.

This summer, the National Park Service, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and Virginia Department of Forestry are jointly sponsoring a summer internship to support the Heritage Habitat project.

Major responsibilities will include field-work, program development & delivery on the Manassas Battlefield National Park and the Conway Robinson State Forest in support of the Heritage Habitat Trails program, a LEAF site in cooperation with Virginia Master Naturalists.

This 12-week internship pays $12/hour. Applications due March 15.

For more information contact: 

Adam Downing (540) 948-6881
Bryan Gorsira (703) 754-1861
Sarah Parmelee (540) 347-6358 

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Pay it forward by training FMNers

Are you a member of the Fairfax Master Naturalists chapter? Do you enjoy bringing friends, neighbors, and colleagues into the naturalist fold? Figuring out just the right way to tell a story so that folks follow your lead? It could be your moment to shine.

Pete Mecca has served at the Training Committee Chair for 3 years and will rotate off this summer. Big shoes, yup, and Pete is a great mentor.

Please contact him or Debbie Walch about taking on his role (maybe with a buddy…), working with the training committee, and welcoming incoming new FMNers:

Reston Association in search of Watershed Specialist

The Watershed Specialist position (full time) has become available at the Reston Association. The work involves everything from leading stream monitoring groups, educating the public about watershed related issues, cleaning and maintaining the lakes, working with shoreline stabilization projects, and more! The position can be labor intensive at times. If you know someone who is looking for a job in the natural resources realm and who may be interested in this job, please pass this information along.

Apply for the position here: Reston Association Watershed Specialist

Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps accepting applications

Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is now accepting applications for the 2019 Crewmember position (available to youth both residents and non-residents of Virginia).

During YCC you rise with the sun everyday as you persevere daily seeking new adventures, hard work, and unforgettable memories at Virginia State Parks. Choosing an experience with the YCC has a unique way of shifting the way you view the world around you. Three weeks with the YCC is an opportunity to relinquish social media and texting and a time to focus on nature, real relationships, character building and fun!

The YCC seeks ambitious youth, ages 14-17, to serve on a crew with nine fellow crew members. Crews are led by three adult crew leaders who guide crew members through day to day operations and decision making. 

Crew members will find a million little things to be discovered, admired and appreciated; from the quiet beauty of a bonfire to the time spent constructing a new project; youth should be willing to actively participate in all activities and are expected to work diligently on service projects as one cohesive team.

While the YCC may be a ton of fun it is not a summer camp, crew members are expected to complete many laborious tasks immersing members in a world unlike anything they are used to. It takes away a few modern comforts and conveniences and replaces them with hard work and friendship. Youth learn the value of a one-on-one conversation with a trusted friend, a job well done and all the natural beauty that surrounds them.

While in the park, the crew will work on various projects such as trail maintenance, construction of new park facilities, and park beautification. Work can be difficult but it is also extremely rewarding for crewmembers to see the projects they are able to complete during their time with the YCC.

Applicants do not need to have any prior experience; however, an interest in working outdoors, a good attitude, and the diligence to complete projects is critical. Upon successful completion of the program a $500 stipend is awarded

Learn more, or if you have any questions just email the staff here.

Earth Sangha offering paid internships for 2019

Earth Sangha is looking to fill five paid, part-time, DC-area internships: 

2 growing-season internships at our nursery
2 summer internships at the Marie Butler Leven Preserve

1 office internship near George Mason University’s main campus

All internships will pay $15 per hour.
For details contact Matt Bright at 

Friends of the National Zoo seeks Education Program Specialist

Want to work with the National Zoo?

The Education Program Specialist will design and supervise education programs that meet the missions of Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) and Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Together with the Assistant Directors and Team Managers, the Education Program Specialist will lead a flexible and collaborative department that thrives on teamwork, innovation, and delivering mission-driven education and volunteer programming.

More information and application here!

Global Water 2020 seeks college intern for fall 2018

Global Water 2020, an advocacy and facilitation initiative based in DuPont Circle, is working to solve various pieces of the global water security challenge. Their projects include: increasing access to sustainable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities, water in peacebuilding, WASH and water security financing, and WASH in the prevention of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).

Global Water 2020 is currently looking to hire a Fall 2018 intern. The intern will be an undergraduate senior or graduate student in public health, environmental health, environmental studies, finance, business, political science, international relations, international development, anthropology, sociology or related field.

Her/his responsibilities include:

•       Research U.S.-based and international non-profit, private sector and educational institutions working on global WASH and health efforts

•       Develop inventory of global WASH and health funders

•       Brainstorm and help identify domestic, regional and global collaboration opportunities

•       Help write, edit, and format materials for Congressional meetings

•       Track global and regional convenings and assist in prioritizing which events Global Water 2020 should influence

•       Maintain the Global Water 2020 website and social media presence

•       Support social media campaigns for global awareness days

•       Assist Global Water 2020 team in all other duties as assigned

The intern will work part-time (20 hours/week) at an hourly rate of $15.00. Global Water will prioritize candidates based in DC.

Interested applicants may email their resume and cover letter to Kelly Bridges: Please email your application materials as soon as possible, as Global Water 2020 will be considering candidates on a rolling basis.

Job opening: North American Invasive Species Management Association Program and Communications Manager

North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) seeks an experienced Program and Communications Manager to organize, coordinate, and manage programs, provide strategic guidance to committees and partners, oversee the progress of operations, and manage much of the organization’s communications. At least 50% of this position will be dedicated to the PlayCleanGo outreach campaign; especially expansion of the campaign in the Northeastern U.S.

The ideal candidate will be an excellent leader, able to develop efficient strategies and tactics, and  have experience managing multiple programs and communications tools while producing results in a timely manner.

While NAISMA’s office is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this position can be executed via telecommuting from anywhere in the U.S. if the successful candidate has demonstrated capacity to do so. This is a 1-year, renewable, non-salaried contractor opportunity and is expected to grow to full-time depending on the successful candidate?s performance and the organization?s fundraising efforts.


Compensation: $25,000 – $32,000

Who may apply: Open to the Public

Interested candidates should email a resume or CV and cover letter with at least two references to: by

5:00 pm CDT on Friday, 4 May 2018.


Paid internship opportunities at U.S. Botanic Gardens, 5 February deadline

The U.S. Botanic Gardens in Washington, D.C., is offering 12-week paid summer internships for students at least 16 years old as of 30 June 2018 and enrolled in school or college.


Position 1: Laborer or Gardener Aide

Position 2: Horticulture Aide

Compensation: $13.63/hour

Deadline to apply is 5 February