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The Garden offers unpaid internships designed for you to obtain academic credit or credentials to fulfill requirements of an apprenticeship or to experience professional development, perhaps in an area new to your career.  Unpaid interns receive free admission to the Garden, as well as discounts at our retail shops and Sassafras Cafe during the internship period.

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EarthWays Center Energy Efficiency Programs/Sunflower+ Internship

The Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center (EWC) is offering one unpaid internship positions for the spring of 2017. As part of the Garden’s Sustainability division, EWC works to promote and advance sustainability initiatives in the St. Louis region and beyond. We promote sustainability through environmental education and improving the built environment. By educating people about our dependence on plants and the natural resources that support plant communities, we teach adults and youth to value and protect the things that sustain our families and communities. (www.mobot.org/sustainability)

EWC works closely with the building industry through partnerships with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Missouri Gateway Chapter (USGBC), MO / IL St. Louis Regional Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program, and other professional groups. Our education programming spans a wide breadth, including adult classes, and youth programs delivered both in schools and universities and at the Garden. Topics addressed through EWC programs include energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy, solid waste reduction and recycling, green building, water conservation, and air quality.

During the spring of 2017, the EWC Events intern will support these efforts and learn more about this field of work by directly assisting in the management of our Energy Efficiency Programs as well as hands on field experience in our Sunflower+ Project site in Old North. Below is a description of the activities:

Sunflower+ Project: StL

Sunflower+ is an award winning project focused on short term, sustainable use of vacant urban land in the city of St. Louis. Our multi- year project involves sunflowers in order to enrich soil and provide a low cost, scalable example of visualizing vacant lots as an asset. More details at: https://www.facebook.com/SunflowerProjectstl

Energy Efficiency Programs Management
EWC helps manage energy efficiency rebate, incentive, loan and training programs in Missouri and Illinois. These programs are headed by local and state governments, utilities and other stakeholders to broaden the reach of energy efficiency, primarily in the residential sector. More details at: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/sustainability-conservation/sustainable-living/at-home.aspx

Some specific responsibilities for this position can include:

  • Pulling weeds, watering, seeding, etc.
  • Participating in/giving tours of the site to interested groups
  • Organizing/archiving materials, drawing, photos, etc. of the project’s documentation process
  • Update social media and web site with current info
  • Research into possible ways to expand the project
  • Organizing and working on our energy efficiency social media campaigns
  • Working with our files and records to improve organization and retrieval
  • Processing incoming requests for program participation


Preferred skills include:


  • Familiarity with “green” terminology
  • Comfortable on the phone.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong email skills and ability to file communications (Outlook a plus)
  • Creative problem solving and ability to voice an idea
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team setting
  • Strong initiative and follow-through
  • Familiarity with computer programs and spreadsheets in particular (MS Office)
  • Comfortable with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest)
  • Attention to detail for fact checking and proofreading
  • Ability for moderate lifting and moderate to heavy walking
  • Ability to work outside in garden project with gardening tools for up to 4 hours
  • Experience with web content management system’s a plus (updating text / images)

This intern will work primarily with EWC staff member, Richard Reilly, Energy Efficiency Programs Manager. However, the intern will have the opportunity to interact and learn from with other EWC & USGBC staff as well.

EWC intern candidates are expected to work 15-20 hours/week. The working period is approximately late January to the beginning of May. However, there is some flexibility in this timeframe to meet the needs of potential intern candidates. These positions are voluntary and therefore unpaid. Candidates need to have completed at least one year of undergraduate work and have some interest and/or experience in the environmental field. Missouri Botanical Garden requires that candidates for any position involving work with children must complete a background verification check.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and copy of their resume to the contact listed below.

Application deadline: January 16, 2017 or until position is filled

Event Intern Contact: Richard Reilly, EarthWays Center, Energy Programs Manager
richard.reilly@mobot.org
(314) 577-0228