Jobs & Internships

Most opportunities for employment at the Garden are posted on the University of North Carolina's Human Resources website and application must be done through the Careers at Carolina website. Student internships are also available from time to time, and work-study positions are available through the University of North Carolina office that coordinates the federal work-study program. Check the job description for application details.

Conservation Internship

The Conservation Intern(s) will primarily work to further the restoration and conservation efforts of the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Battle Park, the Coker Pinetum and the Piedmont Nature Trails. This internship is a great introduction to applied conservation and natural area management, and is ideal for undergraduates, from rising sophomores through rising seniors, studying biology, environmental science, park management, or related fields. The internship provides hands-on experience working mostly outdoors with staff and volunteers to advance the Botanical Garden’s management plans. Job tasks are listed below, but some primary activities include removing invasive exotic plants and maintaining pedestrian trails. The intern will learn about local botany, ecology, trail maintenance, park management, and conservation issues, as part of an education-, research-, and conservation-oriented public entity. The intern may assist with the management of other Botanical Garden properties as time allows. With prior approval, this internship can be paired with ENEC 293 for up to 3 hours of academic credit. The Conservation Intern(s) work a wide range of tasks, including:

  • Restoring managed lands by removing invasive exotic plants with tools and using appropriate herbicides;
  • Maintaining pedestrian trail quality and assisting with trail construction;
  • Working with and leading volunteer groups;
  • Monitoring the location and health of specific plant populations;
  • Propagating collections of restoration plants
  • (optional/contingent) Completion of an intern project;
  • General support activities, such as grounds maintenance at historic Forest Theatre, repairing benches along trails, participating in monthly staff meetings, developing interpretive information, assisting with strategic planning, and providing information to educate visitors.

Requirements: A valid driver’s license, a passion for the environment and the Botanical Garden’s mission, the ability to work with people of different backgrounds, and experience working outdoors in ecological restoration activities, trail building, or in a conservation capacity. Experience/Knowledge of ArcGIS software is beneficial, though not required.

Terms: This internship is a full-time, 40 hours per week position. Some past summer interns have paired summer session courses with this internship experience. This is a temporary position, working Monday through Friday, and occasionally for special events on the weekends, from approximately mid-May to mid-August 2017.

To Apply: Email a cover letter and resume by February 28, 2017 to Nick Adams, Battle Park Manager. Interviews will be scheduled before UNC’s Spring break.

Contact: Nick Adams, Battle Park Manager

Coker Arboretum-Martha Decker DeBerry Horticulture Internship

We are seeking a motivated, enthusiastic student interested in working in the Coker Arboretum of the North Carolina Botanical Garden during the summer of 2017. The Coker Arboretum was established in 1903 and contains numerous native and introduced plants and is a cherished landmark on the UNC campus.

Closing Date: February 28, 2017

Description and Principal Functions: The DeBerry Intern will work to further the restoration and conservation efforts of the North Carolina Botanical Garden in the Coker Arboretum. The primary focus of this internship is on garden maintenance. Regular activities include weeding, watering, mowing, path maintenance, plant propagation, care for plants in our gardens and other general care of our 5-acre arboretum. Occasional activities include seed collection and processing and invasive exotics removal. A parallel goal is to learn about sustainable gardening methods and about the southeastern flora. The intern will also have the opportunity to learn about local botany, ecology, and conservation issues, as well as about working with an education-, research-, and conservation-oriented public entity.

Qualifications: The ability to perform physical labor out of doors despite summer temperatures is necessary. Experience with plants and gardening and a strong environmental ethic are preferred though not required. Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at least halfway through course of study, or one year post-graduate from undergraduate program, or currently enrolled as a graduate student, majoring in horticulture, landscape architecture, environmental science, botany or a related field.

Terms: This paid internship is a full-time, 40 hours per week, temporary position, working Monday through Friday, for a 10- to 12-week period in the summer of 2017, from approximately mid-May to mid-August. Housing is not provided.

To Apply: Send a resume and cover letter, by February 28, 2017 to:
Margo MacIntyre, Coker Arboretum Curator
North Carolina Botanical Garden
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB # 3375, Totten Center
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3375
or send via email, stating "DeBerry Horticulture Internship" in the subject line.

Nature Camp Educator

The Nature Camp Educator works under the supervision of Garden Educators to help prepare and teach hands-on, place-based summer camps designed to connect kids to plants and the natural world and promote science-learning. Camp hours are Monday-Friday, and vary 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Week-long camps serve children PreK through 5th grade. See website for more information about our camp program.

Work Schedule: May 15-August 15, 2017; Monday-Friday; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Primary Duties:

  • Work alongside Garden Educators to facilitate a wide variety of indoor/outdoor natural science learning, including hands-on activities, outdoor exploration and hikes, group games, and crafts
  • Create a safe, fun learning environment and provide exceptional supervision of children
  • Help prepare and maintain camp paperwork, program supplies, educational materials, classroom
  • Help support and mentor teen volunteer Counselors-in-Training (CIT)
  • Interact professionally and maintain excellent rapport with Garden staff, parents, and campers
  • Assist with maintenance of children’s garden, including bird feeding stations and vegetable garden, and exhibits

Education, Experience, and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental or science education, natural sciences, or related field
  • Prior experience teaching in a non-formal setting (i.e. botanic gardens, nature centers, science museums, parks)
  • Experience and passion for working with kids, specifically early childhood (ages 4-7)
  • Ability to communicate enthusiasm for natural science and the outdoors
  • Prior experience with summer or day camps, preferred
  • Knowledge of North Carolina flora and fauna (or motivation to learn)
  • Knowledge of interpretive/environmental education principles
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Self-motivated, energetic, flexible, and willing to adapt to and facilitate change
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently
  • Dedicated to exceptional customer service
  • Ability to be a team leader and a team player
  • Proficient computer skills
  • Ability to obtain CPR with AED and First Aid certification (provided upon employment)
  • Selected candidate should possess a valid NC driver’s license

To Apply: Applicants must apply through the UNC HR Website: (deadline 3/3/2017)

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer.

Updated on February 10, 2017 at 11:25:47 am.