Martha Decker DeBerry Horticulture Internship

A summer internship opportunity at Coker Arboretum

Note: This internship is open to current students at UNC-Chapel Hill only.

Applications due: 2/28/2021

Location: Coker Arboretum
Duration: 3 months (approximately mid-May to mid-August 2021)
Hours: Full time; typically Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break
Pay: $10.61/hour

About the Garden: The North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) has been a leader in native plant conservation, horticulture, and education in the southeastern United States for more than 50 years. As part of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, we further the University’s tripartite teaching, research, and public service mission through our own mission to inspire understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants and to advance a sustainable relationship between people and nature. As a garden focused on conserving the biodiversity of southeastern native plants, we recognize that just as biodiversity is critical to a healthy ecosystem, diversity in people and perspectives makes our organization and community stronger. NCBG is committed to creating an environment in our gardens and natural areas where everyone’s voice is heard and everyone feels safe and welcome.

Job Description: The primary focus of this internship is garden maintenance. Regular activities include weeding, watering, mowing, path maintenance, plant propagation, care for plants in our gardens, and other general care of our five-acre arboretum. Occasional activities include collecting and processing seeds and removing invasive species. A parallel goal is to learn about sustainable gardening methods and about the flora of the southeastern U.S. The intern will also have the opportunity to learn about botany, ecology, and conservation issues, as well as about working with an education-, research-, and conservation-oriented public organization.

Education and Experience: High school diploma or equivalency and demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Experience with plants and gardening and a strong environmental ethic are preferred, though not required.

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 safely lift or move up to 40 lbs.

How to apply: Interested parties should send their resume and a cover letter to Coker Arboretum curator, Margo MacIntyre, at by 2/28/2021.



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, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.