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Summer 2024 Beal Scholar Positions

Paid internships for duration of May 6th - August 16th for current MSU students. Wage is
$15/hour, eligible hours dependent on position. Schedule dependent on individual positions.

Beal Garden Scholar (multiple positions available)

Schedule: Monday-Friday 6:30am - 3:00pm
Positions are full-time (limited part-time positions available)

Beal Botanical Garden and Campus Arboretum is looking for students to assist in maintaining the garden. This is a great opportunity to learn about native plants, develop horticultural skills, and maintain living collections. This position requires physical labor with the endurance to handle all kinds of weather. We are looking for candidates that are self-motivated, hardworking, inclusive, flexible, and a good teammate.

Over the course of the summer, students will lead a garden project including, but not limited to annual bed design, bed renovation, pollinator garden oversight, endangered and threatened plant management, garden record keeping, and riverbank focus, or propose a project of their own.

Regular Tasks:

  • Planting, weeding, watering, mulching, and pruning
  • Invasive species removal
  • Event setup

For questions: Email Lead Gardener, Bethany Troy at

Application Deadline: March 29, 2024


Beal Scholars (specific descriptions below)

Schedule: Position dependent
Hours available: Position dependent
Primary location: Olds Hall

For questions: Email Communications Coordinator, Jennifer Hunnell at

Application Deadline for Beal Scholar positions (excluding Garden Scholars): April 7, 2024


Collections Scholar
Available hours: 16-24 hours/week

Develop new collections and enhance existing collections of the Beal Botanical Garden. Scholars will support and maintain sustainable collections that tap into conservation, community representation, and the arts.

Desired Experience: Art and/or plant background, collections management, database management

Potential Tasks:

  • Research plants
  • Problem solve (organization and layout)
  • Inventory and record keeping
  • Identify and document plants

Education Scholar
Available hours: 24-32 hours/week

Work with Education Director and Education Coordinator to develop engaging materials and programming within the garden and across campus.

Desired Experience: Public education, program development and implementation, outreach

Potential Tasks:

  • Tabling across campus
  • Design and implement tours and guest experiences
  • Support garden programming - lead garden programming (if desired)

Communication Scholar

Available hours: 16-24 hours/week

Spread awareness about the Beal Botanical Garden throughout the campus and broader community by facilitating online engagement and creating informational materials.

Desired Experience: Social media management, graphic design, video editing

Potential Tasks:

  • Support management of website and social media
  • Editing of video materials for education and engagement
  • Promote Beal Botanical Garden on Instagram, X, and Facebook
  • Assist with development of promotional materials