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Temporary Summer Education Intern

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The JC Raulston Arboretum is a nationally acclaimed garden with one of the largest and most diverse collections of landscape plants adapted for landscape use in the Southeast. It is part of the NC State University’s campus and offers a unique opportunity for students to study and enjoy this diverse collection of plants. Part of the Arboretum’s mission is to provide educational experiences to the general public, students of all ages, and the green industry. The JC Raulston Arboretum maintains a vibrant calendar of programs ranging from free, online programming to weekend symposiums to summer camps for children and youth.

The Education Programs including the Children’s Programs served over 12,000 participants in 2022. As an education intern, you’ll be able to work with all aspects of education in a public garden including creating in garden education experiences for visitors, helping facilitate online educational programs, organizing large events, leading tours for small groups of students, and assisting the children’s programs.

Each summer, the education intern is a critical part of the children’s program helping create and deliver science-based lessons to homeschoolers, youth groups and local families. The education intern also works alongside a certified teacher in our summer camp program working with preschool through middle school campers. 

This paid summer internship allows students the chance to gain valuable teaching experience while having fun in the Arboretum’s gardens!

Dates of Employment:
Internship will run from May 15 until August 11, 2023

Is Time Limited


If Yes, Appointment Length

3 months

Job City & State

Raleigh, NC



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Temporary Summer Education Intern

Work Schedule

32-40/hrs per week between Monday-Friday, some weekends

Other Work/Responsibilities

  • n/a

Minimum Experience/Education

  • Full-time undergraduate student in a 4-year college program, preferably majoring in elementary education, botany or other plant related sciences (students who graduate in Spring 2023 are eligible)

Department Required Skills

  • Experience working in a teaching, mentoring or camp setting
  • Creative, energetic personality with joyful, sincere interest in working in an outdoor setting
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and solid interpersonal skills
  • Must be able to work effectively as part of the Education Team including the Children’s Program and Summer Camp team
  • Physical ability to lift materials (bins of program materials, art supplies, plants and soil, water cooler, etc) and operate garden equipment
  • Ability to pass a background check prior to hiring

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education

  • Experience in a greenhouse, garden center or public garden and/or coursework in botany or other plant related sciences
  • Ability to engage children and/or adults in learning activities, follow curriculum and create organized activities for adults, children and youth
  • Knowledge in graphic design, marketing, social media and photo sharing
  • Multilingual or ability to translate communication and educational materials to Spanish

Required License or Certification

  • CPR/First Aid certified or ability to be certified 
  • Valid driver’s license 

Valid NC Driver's License required?


Commercial Driver's License Required?


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NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or workatncstate@ncsu.edu.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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