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
  • Coker Arboretum Horticulture Internship
  • NCBG Horticulture Internships
  • Nature Camp Educator

  • North Carolina Botanical Garden 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 (and restricted to) 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. General tasks of the internship are found below:

  • 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
  • Other tasks: general support and maintenance activities at historic Forest Theatre, installing benches along trails, participating in monthly staff meetings, developing interpretive information, assisting with strategic planning, and providing information to educate visitors.
  • Closing date: March 5, 2018

    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.

    This paid 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 early August 2018.

    Send a cover letter and resume by March 5, 2018. Interviews will be scheduled before UNC's Spring break.

    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 2018. The Coker Arboretum was established in 1903 and contains numerous native and introduced plants and is a cherished landmark on the UNC campus.

    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.

    Closing Date: March 5, 2018.

    The ability to perform physical labor out of doors in summer temperatures. 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.

    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 2018, from approximately mid-May to mid-August. Housing is not provided.

    Send a resume and cover letter by March 5, 2018 to:
    Margo MacIntyre, Coker Arboretum Curator
    By e-mail: (state "DeBerry Horticulture Internship" in subject line)
    By paper mail: North Carolina Botanical Garden, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB #3375, Totten Center, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599

    North Carolina Botanical Garden Horticulture Internships

    The primary focus of these internships is on garden maintenance. Other regular activities include plant propagation and care for plants in our nursery and greenhouse. Occasional activities include seed collection and processing and invasive exotics removal.

    Summer interns work in our habitat gardens focusing on southeastern native plants and in a variety of display gardens, including carnivorous and aquatic plant collections, an herb garden, and garden of flowering plant families. This is a great opportunity to become familiar with the flora of the southeastern U.S. and learn sustainable horticultural methods.

    Learn more and apply at

    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 foster a love for science-learning. Weeklong camps serve children Pre-K through 6th grade and run Monday through Friday. See website for more information about our camp program.

    May 15 - August 15, 2018; 30-40 hours per week; Monday-Friday; typically 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    $15 per hour


  • 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 nature 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 Discovery Room


  • 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

    Please apply through the UNC HR Website: (deadline 2/28/2018)

    Questions? Please contact Elisha Taylor, Youth and Family Education Manager

    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.