Summer Internship Opportunities
Internship Positions (see below for descriptions):
- Botanical Garden Assistant
- Assistant Naturalist at the Highlands Nature Center
Deadline to apply: March 13, 2015
Botanical Garden Assistant
Wage: $300 per week ($7.50 /hr), free group housing, and possible college internship credit.
Hours: Full-time, temporary (40 hours per week, no overtime or benefits available), position is from mid-May through mid-August, with specific dates to be determined.
Description: Supervised by the Horticulturists, the Botanical Garden Assistants will assist in identification, labeling, and maintenance of more than 450 native plant species; and will help to maintain the grounds and gardens, trails, boardwalks, and bridges throughout the 22-acre campus. This position may include working with the public to interpret the natural history of local plants and assisting with identification of native plant species. Assistants will also be encouraged to identify projects of special interest and work with the staff to accomplish them when possible. This job may involve heavy lifting (no more than 50 lbs.) and will sometimes involve working without supervision and in rainy weather. Occasionally, the individual may be asked to assist other Station employees in the office, library, or Nature Center.
The successful applicant must be able to trim, cut, and pile brush; use a shovel, hoe, and other garden tools, as well as a wheel barrow, to do general gardening and trail repairs; help with lawn mowing and lawn maintenance on the campus; learn to identify wildflowers; collect and mount plant specimens; learn to make plant labels; and assist others as required.
Qualifications: Applicants should be students (or recent graduates) with a major in biology, botany, horticulture, or some other environmental science. The ideal candidate should have training and/or experience in field botany and landscaping, and skills working within the community. Familiarity with southern Appalachian plant species and with horticultural practices is desirable. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a valid driver’s license. Non-smokers are preferred.
To apply: A State of North Carolina job application (PD107) MUST be completed (available on website). Send application, cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 references to Dr. Jim Costa, Highlands Biological Station, 265 N. Sixth Street, Highlands NC 28741.
Applications must be received by March 15, 2014.
For additional information about the Botanical Garden and Highlands Biological Station, please call horticulturists Ezra Gardiner or Keldar Monar at 828-526-0188.
Assistant Naturalists at the Highlands Nature Center
Wage: $300/week ($7.50/hr), free group housing, and possible college internship credit.
Hours: Seasonal full-time (40 hours per week, no overtime available, Saturdays and some evenings required), position dates are May 12 – Aug 16, but some flexibility may be possible.
Description: Two Assistant Naturalists help with daily operations of the Highlands Nature Center. Primary duties include working with the public to interpret the natural history of the southern Appalachians and related Nature Center exhibits, answering questions about local natural areas and recreational opportunities, actively developing and presenting several environmentally-based educational programs for diverse audiences, and serving as co-counselor for a series of Nature Day Camps for children ages 4 to 14. Staff will also assist with the implementation of weekly special evening programs for the public. Work also involves the feeding, cleaning, general care, and interpretation of live animal exhibits (mainly reptiles and amphibians). Other general duties include word processing; maintaining program schedules; participant registration; handling money; cleaning and maintaining exhibits, bathrooms, and animal enclosures on a daily basis; empty trash and recycling; etc. Summer staff may also be occasionally asked to assist other Station employees in the office, maintenance shop, or Botanical Garden. These jobs may include heavy lifting (≤ 50 lbs). Assistant Naturalists work a 40-hour week, but the schedule will require flexibility including weekend and some evening work.
Qualifications: Applicants should be students (or recent graduates) with a major in biology, zoology, botany, environmental science, science education, outdoor recreation, or other related fields. Proficiency in dealing with the public is a must. Ideal candidates should have experience working with children; familiarity with a variety of environmental education programs such as Project WILD; experience in a museum, visitor’s center, camp, or similar setting; and experience handling and caring for animals. Knowledge of the flora and fauna of the southern Appalachians is very desirable. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a valid driver’s license, and be in good physical condition to lead hikes. Willingness to work a flexible schedule is a must. Non-smokers are preferred.
To apply: A State of North Carolina job application (PD107) MUST be completed (available on website). Send application, cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 references to Patrick Brannon, Highlands Biological Station, 265 N. Sixth Street, Highlands NC 28741.
Applications must be received by March 15, 2014.
internship application form (NC PD107)