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Department of Biology

Getting Involved

The Department of Biology manages two greenhouses that are used intensively to support our teaching, research, and outreach mission. There are opportunities to participate in the greenhouse though employment, volunteering, and faculty directed research projects. All students engaged in activities within the greenhouse must complete the Department of Biology Laboratory Safety Training Program.


Student Employment Opportunities

The greenhouse participates in the Work Study Program and generally hires students at the beginning of the fall semester. The greenhouse assistant positions involve plant care, database management and facilities maintenance. Students may access job postings through the online employment website,



Volunteer positions are available in the greenhouse at the discretion of the green house manager. Students are encouraged to stop by LSci 205F or contact Matt Jahnkey at (218) 726-7258 or email to discuss volunteer opportunities.

We request that volunteers commit to a weekly schedule at a specified time that is compatible with greenhouse management and the student's class schedule. We prefer a minimum of two hours per week for the entire semester. We appreciate enthusiastic volunteers that are eager to work with, take care of, and learn about plants.

In the past, volunteers have participated in plant propagation, transplanting, watering, and overall greenhouse maintenance.


Internships, Independent Studies, and Research

Students interested in a particular plant-based topic should seek help from their academic advisor in selecting an appropriate faculty member to contact. The Department of Biology works hard to promote undergraduate participation in research.




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