Tree Curation Assistant

Location: East Lansing, MI
Deadline: May 31, 2017

Summer Position: Curatorial Assistant 

The Curator for the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden and Campus Arboretum is seeking a student employee to assist with a variety of tasks during the summer of 2017. The student will work with the Curator to document tree age using the methods of Dendrochronology. This will involve sanding tree cross sections with a belt sander to expose annual growth rings. The tree rings will then need to be plotted for verification of date using the method of skeleton plotting and cross dating. In addition, updating plant records as needed in our plant database, BG-Base to record the tree age at the time of death. 

Education & Experience 

 Enrolled in a program of horticulture, plant biology, forestry or related field. 

 Basic knowledge of dendrochronological methods desired 

 Able to work with power tools (belt sander) and use of personal protection from noise. 

 Basic plant identification skills (woody plants) 

 Self-motivated and able to work independently with minimal supervision 

 Knowledge of general computer skills 

 

Apply thru Handshake MSU or Cascade. Position announcement is: 

#732384 IPF - Beal Garden Summer Position: Curatorial Assistant