Horticulture Husbandry Intern

Job Title: Horticulture Husbandry Intern  
Division: North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
Appointment Type: Temporary 
Closing Date: November 29, 2019

This internship is an unpaid, seasonal position and does not include state benefits. A typical work schedule is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with a minimum requirement of 16 hours per week and a maximum of 40 hours per week for 12 weeks.

Department Information:

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Our mission is to improve quality of life by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature throughout North Carolina.  The Department works to stimulate learning, inspire creativity, preserve the state's history, conserve the state's natural heritage, encourage recreation and cultural tourism, and promote economic development.  Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state’s diverse population, culture, and history by expanding engagement with diverse individuals and communities. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team.

Division Information:

The mission of the North Carolina Aquariums is to inspire appreciation and conservation of our aquatic environments. This mission is achieved by attracting, retaining and developing a world class team of professionals; providing visitors with outstanding exhibits, experiences and customer service; practicing sustainability, internal customer service and fiscal responsibility; and working to save and restore aquatic species and habitats. 

The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is located 6 miles from Morehead City, NC, on Bogue Banks, sits adjacent to Bogue Sound. A living collection of over 5,000 animals in 90,000 square feet of exhibit space attracts and engages over 400,000 visitors each year. The Aquarium is located in the middle of Roosevelt Natural Area, a state park of maritime forest and wetland ecosystems. 


The husbandry horticulture intern position is responsible for assisting our horticulture staff in a variety of tasks revolving around the installation and maintenance of the landscape and exhibits at the Aquarium.

 This position performs the following essential functions:

• Landscape maintenance including watering, planting, weeding and the care of shrubs, trees, perennials, annuals and grasses. 

• Cultivation, pruning, spraying, and trimming of shrubs and trees.

• Operation of power equipment and vehicles such as push mowers, weed eaters, blowers, chain saws, hedge trimmers, utility vehicles, and pickup trucks. 

• Minor repairs to lawn mowers, power equipment, hoses, hand tools and sprayers.

• Maintain interior and exterior habitats, including removal and installation of materials and watering. 

• Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.

• Conducts record-keeping.    

The husbandry horticulture intern works outdoors, in possible adverse conditions such as cold or high temperatures and humidity. Individual must be capable of strenuous lifting (approximately 50 pounds), crawling, reaching, stooping, bending and climbing ladders.  Individual is required use safety equipment and follow safety regulations which are provided by the State.

Preferred Experience:   

• At least 1 year of college completed in one of the following fields of study:  Horticulture Technology, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Greenhouse and Grounds Maintenance, Landscape Gardening or closely related field from an appropriately accredited institution;

• Pesticide license preferred but not required.

• Previous work experience operating equipment, lifting heavy materials and performing manual tasks.

• Previous working knowledge observing plants, identifying plants and plant problems, installation, cultivation, and care of shrubs, trees, plants and grasses or greenhouse cultivation.

• Experience with landscape equipment operation, maintenance and repair

• Must have a valid NC Driver's License

• Must have signed a liability waiver prior to start

• Ability to work as a member of a team

How to Apply

Mail, fax or deliver a completed PD-107 State Application for Employment to the address below by 

5 p.m. on the closing date. 

A cover letter and resume may be submitted along with the completed application.  However, cover letters or resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the state application form. Please complete the state application form completely and indicate the desired position on the application. For more information, contact Trent Boyette at 252-247-4003, ext. 280.

Trent Boyette/Assistant Aquarium Curator
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
1 Roosevelt Blvd.
Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512

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