Employment Opportunities


Gilbert and Laurie Meigs Conservation Education Scholarship/Internship

A paid position for an undergraduate student, Spring Quarter 2019

The Rae Selling Berry Seed Bank & Plant Conservation Program is looking for an undergraduate student to assist us with a large data-intensive project that involves populating and testing a PostgreSQL database with seed collection data accumulated over thirty-plus years. All students interested in botany and conservation are invited to apply, with preference given to ESM students.

The Seed Bank, which originally focused exclusively on rare and endangered plants of the Pacific Northwest, has been expanding to include common native taxa as well. We have a large amount of collection and other data on approximately 24,350 seed accessions of more than 570 taxa native to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. The vast majority of the data have been entered from numerous Excel files into a PostgreSQL database specifically developed by and for the Seed Bank. The bulk of the work will involve a combination of testing the database functioning itself, proofing and editing existing data, and preparing and entering additional data.

For more information about the Seed Bank, please visit our web site at www.pdx.edu/seed-bank, or visit us in SRTC B1-81.

Ideal candidate:

The ideal candidate should have a strong interest in conservation in general, and plant conservation in particular. They will be methodical, detail oriented, and interested in the big picture. Basic familiarity with MS Excel is necessary, and knowledge of the basics of relational databases is desirable but not required. Candidate must be enrolled in at least six credits Spring Quarter 2019.

Internships involve 10 hours per week, $12.00 per hour.

To apply: submit a short letter, describing your background, plans for the future, and why you are interested in this position, along with an unofficial copy of your transcripts. Application reviews will begin Friday, 5 April, with decision by Friday, 12 April.

Send application materials to:

Kris Freitag

Acting Director, Rae Selling Berry Seed Bank & Plant Conservation Program

Environmental Science and Management