Youth Environmental Leadership Program Assistant

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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 

Youth Environmental Leadership Program Assistant

Host site

Asheville GreenWorks


2 Sulphur Springs
Asheville, NC 28806


May - August 2020 (10 weeks)

Position Summary

The CTNC intern will be active in the day-to-day workings of and serve as a leader for a dynamic, educational, work-based paid internship for youth of color (ages 15 to 19) from primarily low wealth backgrounds.  This may include transporting interns to workday locations or educational opportunities and working as the site leader.  The CTNC intern will assist with organizing a staff / intern camping trip and an end of summer ceremony for GreenWorks staff, board, and community partners showcasing the summer internship.

The CTNC intern will be performing environmental work in the field led by experts from partnering organizations, including those from The National Park Service and non-governmental agencies.  At least twenty days will be spent in the field completing physical work projects while leading and learning.  These projects may include river cleanups, removal of invasive vegetation, citizen science data collection, and pollinator habitat restoration.  The intern will also provide outreach education at tabling events throughout the City of Asheville, communicating waste reduction practices and / or pollinator education with GreenWorks’ staff. 

The purpose of the position is to assist the Director of Education with an educational work-based paid internship for youth which helps Asheville GreenWorks work towards its commitment in creating a more inclusive environmental movement through equity, education, and opportunity.

Job Duties

Program Assistant – 70%

  • Work as a leader for a paid youth internship program  
  • Daily organization of visual media for the program

Event Coordination – 10%

  • Help organize staff / intern camping program

Event Coordination – 10%

  • Help plan and organize an End of Summer ceremony for staff, board members, and community partners

Outreach Education – 10%

  • Assist staff with tabling events in the local community


Required knowledge, skills and experience:

The position requires a willingness to get dirty, serve as a leader, learning and working alongside youth on outdoor project related tasks sometimes in hot weather and in remote areas of Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as in the Asheville urban area.  The intern will need to be reliable and work with partnering agencies in order to get the day’s job accomplished.  Organizational skills are important as well as promptness. 

Seeking someone that can self-motivate and ask clarifying questions to ensure they are getting what they need from their internship.  Someone that possesses drive to find ways to take their daily tasks to the next level.  I hope to find someone that realizes there is a purpose to the job and can breathe their own sense of life force into it.

Training will be provided for experiencing nature in the outdoors.

A valid NC driver’s license with a clean driving record is required.  

Preferred knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Previous work experience with youth

Unique considerations that this position demands:   

Position does include some weekend, early morning, and evening work and limited use of the applicant’s private vehicle in the local area.  A quarter to half of the work days will be in the field, lifting up to 20 lbs, hiking up to two miles and canoeing in the French Broad River.

If you have questions or require more information about this position, contact Joéle Emma at or at 828-254-1776. Learn more about Asheville GreenWorks at

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

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

Location: Asheville, NC
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