Undergraduate Fellowship in Plant Conservation: San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research



The Plant Conservation Division of San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research in Escondido, CA is pleased to offer a research fellowship for summer 2019. The deadline is fast approaching: January 31, 2019


Internship summary: Summer Research Fellows will participate in a variety of research, management, and seed banking activities in addition to working on an independent project which they will be expected to present at a poster session at the end of the internship. The independent projects are likely to focus on factors influencing germination of either rare plants or a noxious weed of increasing concern at the Safari Park, but these topics will be developed in collaboration with the selected interns.

Internship Dates: 12 weeks; either May 20-Aug 9 OR June 17-Sept 6; internships are 40/week over the 12 weeks

Internship Location: San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, Escondido, CA

Stipend: $7,000 

Eligibility: open to an undergraduate who will be enrolled in Fall 2019 (e.g., continuing undergraduates or graduating seniors committed to graduate programs)

Application: send letter of interest, resume/CV, letters of recommendation, and a qualification statement via email (details in link below).

Important Notes: Interns will be responsible for finding their own housing and transportation to and from the Institute for Conservation Research outside of Escondido. Consequently, access to a vehicle may be convenient.


More information, including application details can be found here:




Plant Conservation actively works toward recovery of rare and endangered plant species and restoration of their native ecosystems. Potential projects include seed collections of San Diego County rare plant species, germination and storage trials, and propagation for restoration; restoration site preparation and vegetation surveys; weed management; or population genetics. Projects are developed with mentors to meet program and conservation needs and aligned with the skill sets and interests of the selected applicants. In addition to independent projects, selected fellows will round out their fellowship with work on all facets of Plant Conservation programs. San Diego summers are hot and dry, and applying fellows need to be prepared to conduct field work under such conditions.