GGI-Gardens internship - Summer 2017

Posted February 2, 2017 - 1:52pm

Local genome-quality tissue collection and preservation in the greater metropolitan Washington, D.C. area
The Global Genome Initiative (GGI) is a Smithsonian-led international collaboration directed toward collecting and preserving genomic information from global biodiversity. The principle GGI targets are to collect and cryo-preserve genome-quality tissue from specimens representing all families from the major branches of the tree of life and 50% of genera. Toward these targets, GGI–Gardens will emphasize collection and preservation of genomic material from major branches of the plant tree of life (Tracheophyta). To learn more about GGI-Gardens, visit our webpage.

Bachelor’s degree in biology, botany, environmental/life science, or horticulture (or demonstration of equivalent experience).
Minimum of one undergraduate- or graduate-level course in botany, plant science, plant ecology, etc.
Availability 2 days per week.
Ability to work outside for several hours, lift 30 lbs of field equipment, and collect plant specimens from herbs, shrubs, and trees in dense, wooded vegetation.
A valid driver’s license and willingness to drive in and around the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area (less than 50 mi).

Experience with botanical fieldwork.
Research experience in botanical sciences.
Basic knowledge of plant phylogenetics and major groups of the plant tree of life.

The selected, qualified applicant will be trained in the collection of genome-quality tissues from plants in the field and from greenhouses owned and operated by the Smithsonian Institution, the US Botanical Garden, and the US Department of Agriculture. The applicant will receive training for fieldwork and tissue collection using field techniques as well as liquid nitrogen handling. The applicant will also be trained in herbarium specimen filing and mounting, information database software management, and may have opportunities for basic molecular laboratory training.

16 weeks, April – August 2017


Resume or CV, one letter of recommendation, and a two paragraph statement of interest. The first paragraph should describe your background and how your background qualifies you for this internship; in the second paragraph, describe your career interests and how this internship experience will advance these interests.


GGI-Gardens Program Manager, Morgan Gostel, gostelm [AT]