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#1314-979 INTERN, ETHNOBOTANY, Enthology Department. Occasional/ Non-Exempt (10 hours per week on average) Ethnobotany is the study of how people interact with plants. The Science Museum of Minnesota runs an innovative project of conserving a rare collection of seeds cultivated largely by American Indian tribal people. For the past six years, we've planted three gardens with these seeds in exhibition gardens in the museum's Big Back Yard. The gardens help to educate visitors by increasing awareness of American Indian communities and the rich heritage and cultural advances of American Indian cultures through the topic of agriculture. Other initiatives include discussing critical health and nutrition challenges facing American Indian communities through hands-on experiential gardening projects and curriculum around sovereignty, land use, herbal medicine, and working with museum objects relating to American Indian agriculture.

Job responsibilities and activities include hands-on gardening, interpretation of gardens and talking to museum visitors, developing programming to teach museum visitors about the gardens, participating in a garden blog, photographing plants, composting and soil studies, field trips, prairie plants and restoration, and work with the museum's American Indian objects. Science credits can also be earned.

Job skills include a friendly manner, good communication skills, and computer skills.

Pay Rate: $7.25/hr.
Application Deadline: July 16, 2014.