Jobs & Internships
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The North Carolina Botanical Garden is a vibrant part of the academic life of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Through internships, fellowships, and student awards, we offer a variety of opportunities for students to become stewards of the natural world.
The Mary McKee Felton Internship
Friends, classmates and colleagues of Mary McKee Felton (1917 – 2001) honored her and her years of service to the herbarium and the university community by establishing an endowment account to fund an internship in the herbarium. This internship supports employment of a student for a semester in the UNC Herbarium. Students may apply or be nominated by faculty and selections will be made by the Herbarium administration. If you are interested in applying for the Mary McKee Felton Herbarium Internship, please contact Alan S. Weakley, Director of the Herbarium, at (919) 962-0578 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any internship candidate should demonstrate keen interest in the flora of the southeastern United States, have good typing skills, and have an interest in learning how to use and curate herbarium specimens.
Former & Current Felton Interns and their projects:
- 2003: Lisa Giencke – Database and create distribution maps of the ferns and fern allies of the Southeastern United States
- 2006: Marylou Kidd – Annotate, database, and correctly re-file all specimens of Andropogon worldwide according to the most current nomenclature and taxonomic concepts.
- 2010: Kristie Wendelberger – Develop coding and maps for production of “Weakley’s Flora”.
- 2012: Hannah Meeler – Basics of herbarium curation, focusing on Violaceae of the Southeastern United States.
- 2014-2016: Derick Poindexter – Miscellaneous taxonomic issues in the Southeastern United States flora.
- 2015: William Marinello – Collection digitization
- 2015-2016: Cassandra Karlsson – Taxonomic work on Hydrophyllum and Eryngium
- 2016-2017: Dylan Caskie, Tyler Pasour, Greg Sollom, Philip Straughn – Collection digitization
- 2018-present: Dan Meyers – Taxonomic work in the mycological collection, documentation of W.C. Coker type specimens.
The Charles T. Mohr Herbarium Internship
Elizabeth Burch Heston graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1954. She currently lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, and her passion is gardening – the cultivation of daylilies in particular. Her sister, Barbara Safford, UNC-CH class of 1959, lives in Connecticut. Together they have established the Charles T. Mohr Internship to honor their great-great-grandfather, botanist Charles Theodore Mohr (1824 – 1901). Charles Mohr was one of Alabama’s first botanists. He was granted an honorary Ph.D. in 1893 by the University of Alabama in recognition of his contributions to the knowledge of the State’s flora and geology. He is best known as the author of Plant Life in Alabama, published in 1901. If you are interested in applying for the Charles T. Mohr Herbarium Internship, please contact Alan S. Weakley, Director of the Herbarium, at (919) 962-0578 or by email at email@example.com. Any internship candidate should demonstrate keen interest in the flora of the southeastern United States, have good typing skills, and have an interest in learning how to use and curate herbarium specimens.
Former & Current Mohr Interns and their projects:
- 2011: Kevan Chuang – Basics of herbarium curation, focusing on 19th century specimens given to NCU by Jesup Herbarium of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
- 2012: Daniel Adams – Reorganization of the Mycological Collection at NCU.
- 2012: Christine Gang – Morphometrics of Trichostema of the Southeastern United States.
- 2013: Derick Poindexter – Morphology-based reassessment of Marshallia.
- 2014: Derick Poindexter – Typification & variation in Pycnanthemum and taxonomic re-evaluation of Stipulicida.
- 2014: Kevan Schoonover – Imaging & databasing phycological collection of the University of Alabama for National Science Foundation MacroalgaeDigitization Project.
- 2016-2017: Ellie Kravets. Cataloging specimens given to NCU by Jesup Herbarium of Dartmouth College, especially those collected by Herbert H. Smith in Colombia, 1898-1901.
- 2017: Cassandra Karlsson. Taxonomy of Eryngium yuccifolium complex and Hydrophyllum virginianum complex.
- 2018-present: Hannah Medford. Taxonomy of Croton septentrionalis complex and Carex intumescens complex.
- 2019-present: Ella Engstrom. Taxonomy of southern Appalachian Gentiana.
Fred and Virginia Houk Sustainability Internship
Students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are invited to apply for the Fred and Virginia Houk Sustainability Internship. The primary goal of the internship is to advance the Sustainable Practices of the North Carolina Botanical Garden by evaluating each department’s activities, event procedures, vehicle fleet use, and related areas of operation. There are also opportunities to represent the Botanical Garden at community events. The Sustainability Intern helps the Garden achieve its mission to advance a sustainable relationship between people and nature. If you are interested in this internship, please contact our events team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former Houk Interns and their projects:
- 2018-2020: Emma Wilson – Sustainable Workplace Assessment, monthly Sustainable Living Newsletter, NCBG waste audit, and Workplace Wellness initiative.
- 2020-2021: Malvika Venkatesh – Green Features scavenger hunt, Sustainable Building Virtual Tour, guest speaker for multiple NCBG webinars/virtual classes on sustainability and reducing environmental impact
The Martha Decker DeBerry Internship
This internship was established in by former President of the North Carolina Botanical Garden Foundation, Arthur DeBerry, in honor of his late wife Martha Decker DeBerry. The primary focus of this internship is summer garden maintenance of the five-acre, over 100 year old Coker Arboretum and regular duties include weeding, watering, mowing, path maintenance and pruning. Occasional activities include seed collection and processing, plant propagation and invasive species removal. Interested parties should contact Coker Arboretum Curator, Margo MacIntyre at email@example.com
Former recipients include:
- 2021: Eli Bradley, UNC class of 2022
- 2019: Caroline Blythe, UNC class of 2021
- 2018: Ella Engstrom, UNC class of 2020
- 2012: Anna DiMartino, UNC class of 2014
- 2010: John Benning, UNC class of 2010
The C. Ritchie Bell Award
The C. Ritchie Bell Award, created in 2015 by a gift from Robert Edward Wyatt and Ann Hudson Stoneburner, honors the memory of C. Ritchie Bell, the first Director of the North Carolina Botanical Garden at UNC-Chapel Hill. An active and influential scientist, Bell enthusiastically advanced the appreciation and conservation of native plants, especially in the southeastern United States. The C. Ritchie Bell Award ensures that a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student and/or young professional at the North Carolina Botanical Garden has a place at the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference. The winner of the award is announced at the conference and is selected from the applicant pool.
Former Bell Awardees:
- 2021: Tyler Johnson (Battle Park Intern, UNCCH) and Torin O’Brien (Horticulture and APPLES Intern, UNCCH)
- 2020: Cullowhee Conference cancelled due to COVID.
- 2019: Alyssa Chen (NCBG Conservation intern, UNCCH)
- 2018: Ella Engstrom (NCBG Coker Arboretum intern, UNCCH)
- 2017: Courtney Belohlavek (NCBG work study and intern, UNCCH)
- 2016: L. Caroline Durham (NCBG Conservation intern, UNCCH)
The North Carolina Botanical Garden Award
The North Carolina Botanical Garden Award is a $300 prize given by the Garden (through the Southeastern Section of the Botanical Society of America and the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society). The award is for a presented paper at the annual ASB meeting that best advances our understanding of the biology and conservation of southeastern plants and thus contributes to the mission of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Of special interest to the Garden are the rare plant species of the Southeast: why they are rare; how they interact with plants, animals, and their environment; and what can be done to ensure their survival. As noted below, the paper may deal with a broad area including systematics, ecology, and conservation. The presentation is evaluated by a committee at the time of presentation and the Award is presented at the annual ASB Banquet. Click here to view the NCBG Award Criteria.
- 2021: Emily Oppmann, Middle Tennessee State University
- 2019: Logan Clark – Under the direction of Dr. Matt Estep, Department of Biology, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
- 2018: Byron Burrell, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
- 2017: Lauren Whitehurst, Columbus State University
- 2016: Erin Fegley, East Carolina University
North Carolina Botanical Garden Student Intern Fund
Honoring the pioneer employees of the North Carolina Botanical Garden
The primary purpose of this endowment fund is to provide an annual distribution for the North Carolina Botanical Garden to hire student interns, in honor of specific North Carolina Botanical Garden pioneer employee. It is a preference that the intern’s work would include, but are not limited to, projects benefitting the conservation lands, horticultural displays, plant collections, natural areas, the Coker Arboretum, Battle Park, educational programs, children’s activities, exhibits, summer camp, development activities, administrative work, or in any other projects in the managed lands of the North Carolina Botanical Garden or the Botanical Garden Foundation, Inc. It is preferred that each internship provided from this fund will recognize and honor a specific pioneer employee, through a named internship title, for example, the Charlotte Jones-Roe student intern for conservation.
Mary McKee Felton Herbarium Internship
Charles T. Mohr Herbarium Internship
Natural Areas Conservation Internship
Join our team! We’re hiring for our Natura Areas Conservation Internship, a hands-on, outdoor summer opportunity for UNC students interested in applied conservation and natural areas management.
Muriel Easterling Piedmont Nature Trails Internship
Join our team! We’re hiring for the Muriel Easterling Piedmont Nature Trails Internship, a hands-on, outdoor summer internship for UNC students interested in applied conservation and natural areas management.
Summer Horticulture Internships
Calling aspiring horticulturists: we’re hiring for summer internships at our main display gardens and Coker Arboretum! These three-month, full-time, paid positions help with all kinds of garden maintenance tasks. Learn more and apply by February 21.
Seeking applicants for the Fred and Virginia Houk Sustainability Internship
Students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are invited to apply for the Fred and Virginia Houk Sustainability Internship at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. This part-time…
Restoring Glade Blue Wild Indigo at Penny’s Bend
This week, Garden staff and interns joined Duke environmental management master’s student Lydie Costes at Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve to plant 750 seedlings of glade blue wild indigo (Baptisia aberrans)…