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Old 12-14-2017, 01:55 PM
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Post SFPUC Native Plant Internship

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is responsible for the management of 63,000 acres of watershed lands and 210-miles of rights-of-way. Located in three counties, these lands contain the water supply storage, transmission, and treatment systems which serve 2.4 million people. The Natural Resources and Lands Management Division provides direction for watershed protection, planning, research, operations, and training.

The Ecology Group within the SFPUC Natural Resources Division is currently seeking an intern to participate in a wide variety of plant propagation tasks related to the Sunol Long Term Improvements Project in Sunol, CA. The Sunol Long Term Improvements Project includes upgrading the Sunol Yard operations and maintenance facilities and the construction of the Alameda Creek Watershed Center, an interpretive facility showcasing the natural cultural, scenic, and recreational resources of the Alameda Creek watershed. The Center will include an interpretive exhibit hall as well as a watershed discovery garden and trail that demonstrates the plant communities of the surrounding watershed, and the landscaping in the yard includes bioswales for storm water filtration and drought-tolerant, regionally appropriate California native plants.

The selected candidate will work with SFPUC biologists to propagate and maintain California native plants intended for planting in SFPUC landscaping and habitat restoration projects using the best management practices for producing clean nursery stock, and should have working knowledge of the techniques, materials and equipment used in propagation, cultivation, and installation of California native plants.

Examples of important and essential duties include:
1. Determines the species and quantities of plants to be propagated and cultivated.
2. Supervises volunteers and participates in the performance of a variety of nursery activities; makes and sets cuttings; sows seed; transplants seedlings or rooted cuttings to pots or flats; gathers seed; pots and repots plants.
3. Sterilizes and mixes soils to be used in plant propagation activities; applies fertilizers to crops when needed; prunes and stakes nursery stock.
4. Makes necessary adjustments regarding ventilation, temperature, humidity and other environmental factors affecting plant materials.
5. Takes inventory of stock, maintains accurate and detailed records of plant propagation activities.
6. Inspects nurseries and greenhouses for proper repair, makes repairs of greenhouse, shade structures and irrigation systems as needed.

Deadline to apply: December 22nd, 2017
Link to answers to frequently-asked-questions (FAQ) webpage:
Starting Pay: $21.05
Eligibility: Applicants must have completed at least two years of college from an accredited college or university. You are only eligible to apply to this program if you are a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
Schedule: This position will being on March 19th, 2018, will be part time (20 hours/week), and will require some weekend work.
Location: Sunol, CA with occasional travel to the SFPUC headquarters at 525 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco.
To apply:
o Go to:
o Please include a cover letter, resume, and transcripts (can be unofficial transcripts) on the tab where you can upload documents.
o Please notify Mia Ingolia at after you apply.
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