Youth Ambassadors Project Leader

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

Internship Position Title

Youth Ambassadors for a Better Community Project Leader

Host site

Men and Women United for Youth and Families


44 Dream Ave
Delco, NC 28436


May - August 2020 (10 weeks)

Position Summary

Youth Ambassadors for a Better Community Project trains youth on leadership and communication skills, educates them on environmental justice, conservation, local food access, policy and nutrition education (both at home and regionally) and pairs youth and mentors to grow, harvest and market locally grown produce.

The Youth Ambassadors attend workshops to train them on aspects of creating their own businesses and learn skills in marketing, developing business plans as well as participating in the Junior Master Gardeners Program. The Youth Ambassadors assist the community gardener mentors with finding places to sell their produce, including area farmers markets, produce stands, restaurants, events, churches and non-profits. In addition, the Youth Ambassadors learn about environmental justice and stewardship ethics. We partner with NC A&T, UNCP, NC State, NC State Extension, Resourceful Communities, local governments, farm services, Rural Advancement Foundation International, and Center for Environmental Farming Systems.

The project leader (intern) for Youth Ambassadors for a Better Community will

·       Lead and support the Youth Ambassadors for a Better Community program, an environmental and agricultural leadership program.  (25%)

·       Coordinate Youth Ambassadors leadership trainings, garden and agricultural education and work. (25%)

·       Identify key learning opportunities including sustainable agriculture, climate change, and environmental justice. (25%)

·       Identify career exploration opportunities with natural resource-based professional agencies and non-profits. (25%)


·       Experience working with youth

·       Experience and enthusiasm for environmental education and sustainable agriculture

·       Ability to organize and schedule

·       Ability to communicate with range of people

·       Team player with capacity for working independently

·       Basic computer and writing skills

·       Dependability, initiative and follow-through

·       Willingness to work cooperatively with a wide range of people and organizations

·       Ability to travel

·       Valid driver’s license

·       Excellent organizational and multi-tasking ability

Special Requirements:  Some travel might be required, including some possible weekends or evenings. (Flex time will be used, as appropriate and consistent with USDOL regulations in place at the time of the internship.)  A personal vehicle will be required for shorter trips – less than 100 miles round trip – and interns will be reimbursed mileage at the current IRS reimbursement rate ($0.58 per mile). For trips longer than 100 miles round trip, The Conservation Fund will cover the cost of a rental car and gas. Incidentals, such as meals and lodging (if needed) will also be reimbursed.

If you have questions or require more information about this position, contact Randolph Keaton at (910) 431-2260 or

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: Delco, NC
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