Students at SmartLandscape

Student Opportunities at SmartLandscape

UC Davis students are at the heart of all of the CCUH's SmartLandscape projects.  Students have the option to sign up as an Intern for school credits, or apply to become a paid Team Co-Coordinator.


SmartLandscape interns will work together to reach the ultimate goal of the SmartLandscape program: to reduce water and fertilizer use in urban landscaping while maintaining aesthetic and ecological value to the community.  We will meet once a week, on Tuesdays, from 9 am to 12 pm during Spring Quarter.

As part of this internship, we will be focusing on continuing our new project, SmartScape IV, which will include the planting of native/drought tolerant vegetation, garden maintenance, and much more! Fall quarter interns completed the irrigation installation. Winter quarter interns completed important data collection, maintenance, and testing on our existing projects. Spring quarter interns will complete the planting and mulching phase of SmartScape IV. By the end of the project, we will have a garden that compares the performance of point source emitters and inline drip irrigation. Together, we will create a new model for water efficiency across campus! In addition to SmartScape IV, we will teach you important aspects of water efficient landscapes and introduce you to irrigation technology and water-use ordinances.

SmartLandscape presents an exciting opportunity for students, as the majority of the installations are led and implemented by student intern teams.  Interns are exposed to hands-on-experience, leadership experience, as well as the opportunity to work directly with industry professionals, faculty and staff.  No experience in horticulture or irrigation required, all students are welcome to apply!

Please click HERE to apply to our Spring Quarter 2024 internship!


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.

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 interns in installing and maintaining the many projects of Smart Landscape. For more information, email the Program Manager, Emily Finch and join our team!

Student Volunteer Internships (for units)

SmartLandscape Internship

SmartLandscape interns will work together to reach the ultimate goal of the SmartLandscape program: to reduce water and fertilizer use in urban landscaping while maintaining aesthetic and ecological value to the community. Through the internship, students will:

  • Learn industry skills including working with and installing a variety of cutting edge irrigation technology, practical horticultural skills, and vegetation management.
  • Gain insight into California water ordinances, water conservation practices, and sustainable landscaping options for water restricted areas.
  • 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.
  • Build teamwork and leadership skills through trainings, in-the-field problem solving and co-creation.
  • 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 information, email Co-Coordinators Abigail Bleichner and Anthony La to join our team! Please click HERE to apply to our Spring Quarter 2024 internship! APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 25th, 2024 @ 11:59 PM.

SmartLandscape 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.