Horticulture Intern

Position: Unpaid Horticulture Intern (multiple positions available)

Location: Volunteer Services Coordinator
NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island
PO Box 967, 374 Airport Road
Manteo, NC 27954


10 week positions (start/end dates are flexible)
Minimum 18 hours per week

Some weekend hours required


Applicants should have good organizational & communication skills and interact positively with co-workers, volunteers and the general public. Candidates should be recent graduates in or currently majoring in Plant Sciences, Horticulture, Biology, Natural Resources, Ecology, Environmental Education or a related field. A flexible schedule and a valid driver’s license are required. A working knowledge of Outer Banks native flora is helpful, but not required.

Job Description:

Daily routine may include, but is not limited to, watering, transplanting, weed control, pest monitoring and control, installing new plants, rotating seasonal exhibit plants, pruning, soil preparation, mulching and propagation. Work areas will include the Aquarium’s greenhouse, nursery and wildflower meadow, indoor exhibits and exhibit support areas, and the outdoor landscaping and demonstration gardens. Daily tasks will vary depending on weather and seasonal needs. Field work opportunities –native plant surveys, seed collection, etc. — are possible.

The intern will also work on a special project designed in cooperation with the Horticulturist. The project will focus on an area of special concern for NC Aquarium Horticulture, e.g., native plant propagation, biological pest control/invasive species control or pollinator conservation.

The intern must be willing to adapt his or her schedule if necessary when weather conditions do not permit outdoor work. Project research and preparation can be conducted on rainy days when possible.

Download the Internship Application