Student Opportunities at SmartLandscape
UC Davis students are at the heart of all the CCUH's SmartLandscape projects. SmartLandscape offers two student programs, SmartScape and SmartLawn. Students have the option to sign up as an Intern for school credits, or apply to become a Team Co-Coordinator.
Students are an integral part of SmartLandscape's progress. Looking for a project to match your passion of urban horticulture? We always need volunteers to assist with event coordination, organizing, and helping maintain our office landscape. If you have a few hours to give your precious time,
Student Co-Coordinator (paid position)
When there are openings, students can apply for this position. Student Co-coordinator is a paid leadership position that offers the opportunity to lead a team of fellow SmartScape or SmartLawn interns in installing and maintaining the many projects of Smart Landscape. For more information, email the Program Manager, Mary Derting and join our team!
Student Volunteer Internships (for units)
SmartLawn interns will learn industry skills including working with and installing a variety of cutting edge irrigation technology. Interns will learn how to care for different turf types and turf alternatives while conserving water and fertilizer inputs. Interns will gain insight into California water ordinances, water conservation practices, and sustainable turf options for water restricted areas. Interns will also participate in any irrigation installations or sister team plantings of SmartScape. Interns will be mentored in all of their hands-on learning and teamwork by the CCUH staff, and will have access to partnered industry professionals. For more informaton, email Co-coordinator Clare Moisan and join our team!
Interns will learn practical horticultural skills and expand their knowledge of vegetation management through participation in planting and irrigation activities. Interns will gain a greater understanding of landscape water-saving strategies, get hands on experience in restoring native habitat, learn to identify native and invasive plants and wildlife, and support research and community education. Interns will be encouraged and mentored to approach landscape ecology from both humanistic and biological contexts with consideration for aesthetics, function, and ecological needs of the landscape and its wildlife. Interns will also build teamwork and leadership skills through trainings, in-the-field problem solving and co-creation.
Working with SmartScape staff mentors and fellow student coordinators, interns will support the installation, maintenence, and data collection of a variety of water-wise gardens, including a Pollinator Study Garden and Native Plant Hedgerow as part of the California Center for Urban Horticulture's (CCUH) SmartLandscape initiative. For more information, email Co-coordinator Min Kyaw and join our team!
Both the SmartLawn and SmartScape projects are displayed on campus at the Western Center for Agricultural Equipment as exhibits to industry partners and local communities to demonstrate water conservation and sustainable landscape design.