PNW Mahonia Evaluation Project at South Seattle College


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Sat Feb 17, 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


South Seattle CollegeMahonia Research Field Site (south end of campus)6000 16th Avenue SWSeattle, WA 98106


Job Description

This position is a unique opportunity to be directly involved in basic horticulture research, working as a member of a team investigating the landscape potential of Mahonia species and cultivars in the Pacific Northwest (see separate project description). Under the supervision of the project leads and student interns, volunteers will help maintain the project area. Refreshments, snacks, work gloves and hand tools are provided at regularly scheduled work parties on the first and third Saturdays of each month. Volunteers must have appropriate clothing to work outside in all types of weather. This research project is funded by a grant from the Washington State Department of Agriculture and is hosted by South Seattle College.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage weeds at research site (primary)
  • Maintain clean, safe, and secure research sites
  • Monitor and maintain in good working order all equipment and tools used by the project.

Other Possible Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain photographic records of project, site, and plants
  • Webmaster for project website
  • Project educational outreach (e.g., write articles, post blog articles, give PowerPoint presentations)
  • Help collect horticultural performance data on trial subjects and maintain complete and accurate trial records (possible)

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Interest in Mahonia horticultural research project
  • Ability to do moderate physical activity (e.g., weeding, mulching)
  • Willing to work outside in all types of weather
  • Have appropriate clothing to work outside in all types of weather (e.g., sturdy shoes, rain gear, hats, sunglasses, layers of warm clothing)


  • Photography
  • Research
  • Botany
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Web Design

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 15
  • Minium 2 hours for work party
  • Ability to do moderate physical activity & willing to work outside.

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