Friday, April 27, 2012

Internship - NC

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy seeks a Community Arboretum Coordinator Intern.
The ideal candidate has an interest in natural communities, is outgoing, enjoys working with people, and believes it is important to connect children with nature. Students with a background in botany or early childhood education are encouraged to apply.

Location: Hendersonville, NC

Other skills include:

  • Attention to detail
  • Superior communication skill, both on the phone and in person
  • Strong writing skills
  • Familiarity with InDesign may be helpful, but is not required


The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy’s (CMLC) office in Hendersonville shares nearly an acre and a half of green space with our non-profit neighbors, The Children and Family Resource Center and The Free Clinics. We have a vision of transforming this common space into one that will engage the community, especially children, to explore their natural surroundings.

The Community Arboretum Coordinator will be the project manager and will:

  • Create a plan for the community arboretum that will identify locations of featured natural communities, specimen trees, pollinator patches, and other significant components.
  • Incorporate anticipated needs of various stakeholders into the planning process – specifically any potential educational and therapeutic uses to serve the client populations of The Children and Family Resource Center and The Free Clinics.
  • Solicit donations of plants and other materials as well as guidance from native plant specialists. to incorporate into the plan.
  • Implement fundraising strategies through grant proposals and /or community fundraising.
  • Assist with collection of native planting material from natural sources (plant rescues.
  • Coordinate removal of invasive species, stormwater management, and streambank stabilization activities under the guidance of natural resource professionals.
  • Recruit and manage youth and adult volunteers.
  • Design educational signage. Work with educational professionals to develop and offer programming for the community.

Visit the website to learn more about Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy.

This position is a part of the Max Mukelabai Diversity Internship Program.

The Conservation Trust for North Carolina invites you to help us shape the future of our state by encouraging students to intern at one of North Carolina’s 24 land trusts this summer.

In 2008, CTNC established an internship program for minority students with our state’s 10 historically black colleges and universities. In 2009 and 2010 we expanded our campus outreach to include the entire University of North Carolina system. Since the program’s inception, we have supported 24 interns at 15 land trusts and other partner organizations across the state.

Through this program, CTNC and our local partners introduce promising students to careers in conservation and introduce conservation organizations to potential employees. Interns are placed with host organizations for full-time, 10-week, paid internships that provide hands-on opportunities to gain the skills and experiences necessary for a successful career in conservation. Preference is given to rising juniors, seniors, and graduate/professional students. Minority students are encouraged to apply.

CTNC recently renamed the Diversity Internship Program the Max Mukelabai Diversity Internship Program to honor CTNC board member Max Mukelabai. Max was a dynamic young leader who joined CTNC’s board in 2008 and passed away suddenly on July 8, 2011, at the age of 36. Max was born in Zambia and raised in Zimbabwe. In 1998, he co-founded the Middle East News Service Inc., a global media service provider and syndicator of news and information about the Middle East and North Africa. Max was the principal of Maximo Mukelabai, CPA, PC, in Durham and had recently been elected chairman of the N.C. Association of Certified Public Accountants. He contributed greatly to CTNC through his service on the board’s finance committee. Max had a global perspective and was deeply committed to the CTNC’s Conservation and Diversity Project.

The Max Mukelabai Diversity Internship Program is supported by funds from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and gifts from private individuals.

The Conservation Trust for North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer.


Undergraduate stipends are generally $3,000 for the summer. Graduate stipends are generally $3,300.

How to apply

To apply for this internship, email your resume and cover letter to Julianne Johnson at by 5 PM on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. If you have questions contact Julianne at 828.697.5777.

More about Land Trusts

CTNC is a statewide, non-profit land trust that represents, assists and promotes local land trusts so that they can protect more land in their communities. Through partnerships with landowners, communities and public agencies, land trusts save the places you love across North Carolina.

Visit the website to see what former interns had to say about their experiences.