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.

Director of Horticulture

The North Carolina Botanical Garden is seeking a full-time Director of Horticulture to provide public garden experiences that will inspire visitors to enjoy, understand, appreciate, and use native plants. In addition, this position will provide leadership to the horticultural staff and ensure high standards in safety, design, planning, and management of the living collections, growing operation, and other horticultural related activities of the Garden.

To learn more and Apply: Qualified candidates should review the full job description and apply at . The application deadline is March 31, 2017.

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 March 10, 2017 (deadline extended) 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 extended 3/10/2017)

Horticulture Internship (2 positions)

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 and invasive exotics 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 help care for the Herb Garden and Garden of Flowering Plant Families and learn sustainable horticultural methods.

Education and Experience: Experience with plants and gardening and a strong environmental ethic are preferred though not required.

Terms: This internship is a full-time, 40 hours per week position. M-F, 8 am until 5 pm, lunch break 12-1p.m. Proposed start date: 05/08/17.

Special Physical and Mental Requirements: The ability and desire to perform physical labor out of doors in summer conditions is necessary. Must be able to lift or move up to 40 lbs.

To Apply: We are accepting applications through March 22. If you are a student (UNC or other) you may apply by sending your cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae to Wendy Wenck . If you are not a student, you may apply directly through UNC’s website.

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.