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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 

Land Protection Assistant

Host site

Foothills Conservancy 


204 Avery Ave, Morganton NC 28680


May - August 2020 (10 weeks)

Position Summary

Direct land protection and stewardship are primary components of Foothills Conservancy’s (FCNC) conservation program and mission to conserve significant natural resources and farmland and to connect people to nature-based recreation & education opportunities.  The Land Protection Assistant intern will assist the Land Protection Director with land conservation activities carried out by FCNC.

Job Duties

This project offers experience in all aspects of land conservation. Specific tasks & duties vary depending on current needs and specific desires of the successful candidate(s). Duties may include some of the following activities:

  • Assist with land protection/acquisition activities – contact landowners, conduct site visits, communicate with conservation project partners.  Field experience preferred.
  • Update property baseline documentation report(s) – prepare thorough documentation of the current condition of protected properties. Field experience required.
  • Conservation planning & mapping – Assist with GIS data management and map making/updating. GIS skills required.
  • Assist with other Foothills Conservancy Conservation Program activities as needed.


Experience in land conservation, field work, and GIS are required. Student must be willing to take initiative and work independently with attention to detail, good organizational and communication skills (written and verbal). Microsoft Office and ArcGIS proficiency. Expertise in all areas described above is not required but will be favored. Field work requires previous field experience and a willingness to work outdoors, independently in rugged terrain and summer weather as well as a willingness to travel to CTNC-protected properties. The student must have a valid driver’s license and her/his own transportation. Travel costs for field work will be reimbursed, but not to & from the office.

Unique considerations that this position demands:   

Student must be willing to work outdoors, independently in variable weather and able to hike long distances over rugged terrain as well as a willingness to drive to FCNC project opportunities & protected properties in the land trust’s 8-county region of Western North Carolina. 

Application Materials

To apply, please include resume, cover letter, and list of references. For questions, please contact:
Tom Kenney, (828) 437-9930

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: Morganton, NC
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