Environmental Education Intern

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This position is being offered in partnership with the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) through the Diversity in Conservation Internship Program.

Internship Position Title 

Environmental Education Intern

Host site

Horizons Unlimited 

Horizons Unlimited is a unique facility bridging the gap between formal and informal education to provide field trip and summer camp experiences for children in Rowan and surrounding counties. Though Horizons Unlimited is part of the school system, it is likened to a science museum. It boasts a Planetarium with a 30-foot dome ceiling, a Native American artifact collection, mile long nature trail, makerspace, a 19th century one-room log schoolhouse, a two-story rainforest, touch tank, and animal collection. Horizons Unlimited educators deliver mission-based programs, events, classes, workshops and field experiences to an average of 19,000 participants annually.


1636 Parkview Cir
Salisbury, NC 28144


May - August 2020 (10 weeks)

Position Summary

The Environmental Education Intern will be involved in the creation and delivery of environmental education programs to audiences of varying ages and backgrounds including Kindergarten through higher education. In addition, the intern will provide support for activities required for the success of the Horizons Unlimited including resource and materials management, creating an outreach program, program evaluation, conservation field work, and animal husbandry.

Job Duties

Teaching Environmental Education programs - 40%

  • Performing shows in the planetarium to audiences of Kindergarten through higher education.
  • Teaching STEM curriculum to summer campers

Developing new Environmental Education programs - 30%

  • Creating a new Environmental Education outreach program with the Summer Feeding Program
  • Developing new STEM curriculum for summer camp programming

Animal Husbandry - 13%

  • Feeding animals
  • Cleaning out animal enclosures
  • Animal enrichment

Conservation Field Work - 5%

  • Once a month the intern will Identify and clear invasive plant species.

Participate in Workshops - 5%

  • Once a month the intern will participate in an Environmental Education workshop. 

Other – 7%

  • Trail and exhibit maintenance
  • Partner Meetings
  • Study Native plant and animal species


Required knowledge, skills and experience:

  • The desire to work with all age groups including K-higher ed.
  • Pursuing a degree in Environmental Education or a STEM focused/ life sciences career
  • Willingness to develop hands-on environmental education programs
  • Willingness to work outside in the summer heat.

Preferred knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Previous work experience with children, such as in a classroom, after-school program, summer camp, etc.
  • First Aid/ CPR Certified

Unique considerations that this position demands:   

  • Intern may be required to work one Saturday a month.

Application Materials

To apply, please attach resume and cover letter to your application. Cover letters can be addressed to

Mary Meyer, Instructional Specialist

1636 Parkview Cir

Salisbury, NC 28144

About the Diversity in Conservation Internship Program (DCIP)

Founded in 2008, CTNC's internship program provides a platform for college students and graduates of color – including people of Asian, Black, Latinx, multiracial, and Native American descent – to engage in and help shape conservation work. Rising leaders of color from across the state participate in paid 10-week summer internships, gaining real-world, hands-on experience. CTNC provides compensation, one-on-one mentorship, and professional networking to equip interns with a strong foundation for successful careers in conservation and beyond.

During the program, host sites learn about conservation through a lens of race and power. Through a combination of individual and group learning, host site supervisors build their capacity to facilitate discussions about race within their organizations, understand their relationships to power, and develop strategies for transforming a culture based in race equity practice.


Current undergraduates - $4200

Program Alumni undergraduates - $4400

Recent graduates and graduate students - $4400

Program Alumni graduate students - $4600


If you have questions about the program, please contact Lacey Frownfelter at lacey@ctnc.org

*Please note that interviews are scheduled and conducted through the host site.*

Location: Salisbury, NC
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