The Borderlands Restoration Native Plant Materials Program is a dynamic program of the Borderlands Restoration Network (BRN) and is the home of the Native Plant Nursery, Seed Lab, and a team of horticulturists and botanists set on exploring the intersections of plant sciences and community well-being. The program is based in the Sky Islands of Southern Arizona in the Madrean Archipelago ecoregion.
Bisected by an international border and at the intersection of 5 different biotic regions, the Madrean Archipelago is known around the world for its rich flora and charismatic fauna - including ocelots, nectar-feeding bats, Monarch butterflies, and the only known jaguars to inhabit the U.S. - and is the home of a robust community of biologists, restoration practitioners, herbalists, naturalists, and rural communities work to study, conserve, and restore this landscape that, while stunning, is heavily impacted and threatened by development, political crises, loss of perennial rivers, and mineral extraction industries.
Internships The Native Plant Materials Program offers a 9-month internship program every year beginning in May and ending in mid-December. Native plants and seeds are a fundamental component of ecological restoration, and effectively utilizing them requires that we develop a deep knowledge of place that honors how those plants occur naturally in the landscape and also how humans have interacted with the landscape for centuries. The internship program seeks to cultivate this knowledge in both our organization and future leaders in the fields of ecology, botany, horticulture, and ecological restoration. Current internship listing are posted on theJob Opportunitiespage.
The Native Plant Materials Team works in a variety of applications to promote ecosystem resilience, biodiversity, and human uses of native plants. Interns learn to collaborate with restoration practitioners to design projects that enhance watershed restoration efforts using native plants and seed to increase habitat connectivity and value. Interns have the opportunity to plug-in to strategic, regional efforts to restore biodiversity through seed collection, seed banking, and propagation activities. The team seeks to use material with locally adapted genetics to strengthen habitats, respond to national pollinator crises, and engage people in stewardship.