Jobs & Internships

Opportunities for employment at the Garden are posted on the University of North Carolina's Human Resources website and application must be done through that 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.

2015 Conservation Internship

Closing Date: March 6, 2015

Description and Principal Functions: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 UNC 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 further 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 ENST 293 for up to 3 hours of academic credit. The Conservation Intern(s) work a wide range of tasks, including:

  • Monitoring the location and health of specific plant populations;
  • Propagating collections of restoration plants
  • 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;
  • Completion of an intern project;
  • General support activities, such as grounds maintenance 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.

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 and Pay rate: This paid internship is a full-time, 40 hours per week temporary position. Hours are Monday through Friday for a 10- to 12-week period in the summer of 2015 from approximately mid-May to mid-August. Housing is not provided.

To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume by March 6, 2015 to Nick Adams, Interim Battle Park Manager. Rolling application deadline; applications reviewed as received.

Interviews will be scheduled before UNC’s Spring break. Hiring preference given to UNC students and students committed to pursuing the ENST 293 option. This is an introductory internship, ideal for undergraduates looking to pursue conservation ecology and/or land management for graduate school and/or a career.

2015 Horticulture Internship

Closing Date: February 28, 2015

Description and Principal Functions: The primary focus of this internship is on garden maintenance. Other regular activities include plant propagation, care for plants in our nursery and greenhouse, and support for our daily plant sale. Occasional activities include seed collection and processing, as well as invasive exotic plant removal. Summer interns work in our varied plant collections focusing primarily but not exclusively on southeastern native plants. This is a great opportunity to become familiar with the southeastern flora including carnivorous and aquatic plants. Interns also care for the herb garden, organic vegetable garden, and garden of flowering plant families and learn sustainable horticultural methods.

Qualifications: The ability and desire to perform physical labor outdoors during summer weather conditions is essential. Experience with plants and gardening and a strong environmental ethic are preferred, although not required. Applicants must be currently enrolled UNC-CH students.

Terms and Pay rate: This paid internship is a full-time, 40 hours per week temporary position. Hours are Monday through Friday for a 10- to 12-week period in the summer of 2015 from approximately mid-May to mid-August. Housing is not provided.

To Apply: Send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for two references by February 28, 2015 to Wendy Wenck, Curator, Herb Garden, wenck@unc.edu using Horticulture Intern as the subject line.

Martha Decker DeBerry Horticulture Internship- Coker Arboretum

We are seeking a motivated, enthusiastic UNC-CH student interested in working in the Coker Arboretum of the North Carolina Botanical Garden during the summer of 2015. 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: March 20, 2015

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 secondary but important 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.

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 2015, from approximately mid-May to mid-August. Housing is not provided.

To Apply: Send a resume and cover letter, by February 28, 2015, 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.

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

Updated on March 05, 2015 at 10:45:30 am.


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