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Mercer Botanic Gardens Summer Internship

Herbarium Research: Preserving the Past for the Future

An herbarium is a collection of pressed, dried and mounted plants and plant parts. These are stored on acid- free paper in climate and pest-controlled cabinets. Mercer Botanic Gardens herbarium includes plants of east Texas, rare eastern Texas species, permanent sample sites that include Harris County saline prairies, and specimens from Mercer Botanic Gardens living collections.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Document and catalog plant specimens; log data into computer software; review, print, and attach labels to vouchers (mounted plant specimens); organize and store various plant family vouchers
  • Maintain the plant specimens and apply up to date identification and current nomenclature
  • Assist with development of an educational display case and herbarium and botanical library outreach flyer
  • Participate in the Mercer Botanic Gardens Student Research Symposium
  • Please see program flyer for additional information and responsibilities

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled, full-time, undergraduate students who will be returning to college as full- time sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the fall of 2017. Full-time enrollment is defined as 12 or more credits in one semester. When applying for the internship, the student must provide The Mercer Society with written enrollment verification from the college confirming the student’s enrollment status. Student ID cards and/or phone calls are not sufficient documentation. Official enrollment verification must come from a university’s registrar office.

How to Apply:

  • Please email a résumé and cover letter to Anita Tiller ( and Suzzanne Chapman (