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.

Sustainability Internship

The North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) is looking to hire a part time Sustainability Intern to help the Garden achieve its mission to advance a sustainable relationship between people and nature. The position will concentrate on two focus areas:

Focus Area 1: Complete the Workplace Sustainability Assessment for the North Carolina Botanical Garden. This includes:

  • Collecting data on green building features, administrative & office practices, water conservation, waste management, renewable energy installations, etc.
  • Performing waste audits at the Garden, looking for opportunities to reduce waste and contamination, and partnering with UNC Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling to pilot new recycling/composting collections
  • Working with Horticulture and Facilities staff to compile information regarding green features in outdoor Garden areas, and also within buildings & facilities on the property
  • Providing data-based suggestions on ways to improve workplace sustainability in order to reduce environmental impact
Focus Area 2: Help inform a new plan for our Compost Demonstration Area and also back-of-house composting. This includes:
  • Collaborating with Education, Facilities, and Horticulture staff to re-envision our public Compost Demonstration Area with a plan for enhanced visitor experience and interpretation
  • Focusing on back of house composting efforts, and how to best process compost materials (food scraps from staff break rooms and also plant materials)
  • Investigating future funding sources to sustain compost projects at the Garden
  • Manually installing & maintaining outdoor compost project in the Children's Vegetable Garden

Requirements: NCBG is seeking a UNC-Chapel Hill student with previous volunteer or paid work experience in sustainability, compost/food waste education, horticulture/gardening experience, or waste management.

Preferred skills: Collaborative, strong work ethic, problem-solving mentality, works well with the public, experience/passion for composting and waste reduction.

Must have the ability to safely lift or move up to 50 lbs, and must be comfortable working in outdoor and indoor settings.

Terms: The term of the position is for one academic year (Sept 2018-May 2019), and will average 5-10 hours per week with a flexible weekday schedule and occasional weekend work.

Hourly rate: $11.50/hour

To apply: Please email your resume and cover letter to the Facilities and Events Manager, Janna Starr at by September 24, 2018.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Updated on March 23, 2017 at 01:17:16 pm.