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Conservation Technician Intern

Conservation Technician Internship
Employment Type: Summer Internship
Compensation: $15/hr, plus mileage
Hours: 20hrs a week primarily Monday-Friday with some evenings and weekends
Length: 12 Weeks (Jun-Aug)

The Organization

Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) is a land trust – a nonprofit, community-based conservation organization that permanently conserves and manages land for public benefit in the Southern Piedmont of North Carolina. The organization is dedicated to conserving land and connecting lives to nature.

The Carolina Thread Trail is a regional network of trails that connect 2.9 million people in 15 counties in North and South Carolina. The Thread Trail is an example of unprecedented regional collaboration that works to connect people and communities to nature and each other through its 1,600 miles of trails, greenways and blueways.

Stewardship of CLC’s conserved lands and eight public trails is a foundational cornerstone of the organization.  Stewardship encompasses monitoring properties, managing invasive plants, maintaining fences and other structures, cleaning deadfall and other land management functions.  We also connect people to nature through public access, enhance existing conservation values through prescribed fire and planting native species and ensure compliance with the terms of conservation easements. Critical to our stewardship function is the ability to collaborate with team members, the Carolina Thread Trail (CTT), and a variety of partners and volunteers to accomplish goals and objectives.


  1. Valid driver’s license.
  2. Pursuing or recently obtained an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree Ecology, Biology, Forestry, Forest Management, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, Wildlife and/or Fisheries Management.
  3. Able and willing to work or travel on foot in challenging environs and conditions such as rough terrain, excessive heat, or rain.
  4. Ability to carry and/or move 50 lbs. on a regular basis.
  5. Comfortable working with hand and power tools.
  6. Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).
  7. GPS/GIS experience preferred, but not required.

Position Summary

This position reports to the GIS Director and Biologist. The Conservation Technician Intern assists with managing all activities on CLC’s 5,000-acre nature preserve system for long-term ecological health, climate resiliency, and public benefit.  This position is vital to the success of the stewardship team.  In this role, the intern will:

  • Utilize ESRI Field Maps to collect location and descriptive data about CLC infrastructure in the field (bridges, benches, gates, signs, etc)
  • Use ArcGIS Pro to update photo point data with identification numbers and directions.
  • Use ArcGIS Pro to update conservation values data sets.
  • Assist with land management activities to promote habitat enhancement such as invasive species control, timber management, manage water levels in impoundments, etc.
  • Utilize hand and power tools to assist with trail maintenance to remove overhanging vegetation, deberming trail edges, and repair or reroute damaged trails.
  • Collect sample data (photo document at Coley and BCP, rare plant census and surveys, other inventories as skills allow)
  • Research applicable grant opportunities and assist in their completion.
  • Conduct annual site monitoring site visits on CLC preserves and private property encumbered by a conservation easement.
  • Assist or participate in workdays and organizational events as needed.
  • Assist with other tasks as needed.

To Apply

  • Send (1) a letter describing your qualifications for or interest in Land Conservation and Stewardship, your interest in our programs and activities; (2) a résumé or curriculum vitae; (3) an unofficial academic transcript; (4) the names and telephone numbers of two references; and (5) any other information you wish to include to careers@catawbalands.org
  • Deadline to Apply is April 14, 2023

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Catawba Lands Conservancy and Carolina Thread Trail provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Internship Interest Form


Staff Attorney
Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) permanently protects land, water and wildlife habitat to enhance the quality of life in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Lincoln and Union counties, as well as in the southern portions of Catawba and Iredell. CLC is the lead agency for The Carolina Thread Trail (CTT), a regional network of greenways, trails and blueways that connect 15 counties, 2 states and 2.3 million people. The Staff Attorney role is integral to the success of advancing the missions of CLC and CTT. The position will support the Land Conservation and Stewardship teams to advise on complex land conservation transactions, conservation easement amendment requests, condemnations on CLC-owned preserves and other matters. The Staff Attorney will also support CTT in their work with local governments and landowners to acquire trail easements and maintenance agreements.


The Staff Attorney will represent the interests of Catawba Lands Conservancy and Carolina Thread Trail in:
Draft agreements, including conservation easements, trail easements, memoranda of understanding, contracts
Support negotiation of agreements and property closings
Respond to and manage: requests for conservation easement amendments, requests for easements or rights of way, condemnation filings, violations of conservation easements, grant contract amendments
Evaluate and advise on risk management, including liability insurance, conservation insurance, program and volunteer participant waivers
Engage and supervise outside counsel, as needed
Perform legal research
Special projects, as needed

Qualifications and Skills:

Education and Experience:

• NC licensed attorney
• Experience with real estate transactions
• Experience with conservation
• Experience with nonprofits and local government
Personal Traits:
• Ability to work effectively with little supervision and to work closely as part of a dynamic and motivated team with the ability to earn the trust and respect of others
• A proactive self-starter with the ability to take on multiple evolving and changing priorities and adjust quickly and efficiently
• Strong verbal and written communication skills; strong organizational skills
• Attention to detail and accurate work product
• A passion for conservation and outdoor recreation, and a willingness to work with people from diverse backgrounds to advance CLC and CTT’s missions
• “Team over self” approach and understanding of mission-driven work

Compensation Information:

This position is part-time with a pay rate of $30.00/hour and approximately 28 hours expected per week. The hours and work location are flexible, and the position may be conducted remotely with occasional meetings in the office or field.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) a list of three references in a single PDF, by email to Bart Landess, Executive Director.

Please include “CLC/CTT Staff Attorney” in the subject line. References will not be contacted unless you are selected for an interview.

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Land Management Technician
NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Plant Conservation Program
Full-time temporary position based in Gaston County, NC
Hiring Range: $15.50 – $17.00/ hr

The Land Management Technician will assist with core activities needed to conserve North Carolina’s rare plant species in their natural habitats, primarily at the Redlair Plant Conservation Preserve, with occasional work at additional PCP Preserves in the region. Tasks involve native habitat restoration and rehabilitation activities plus various field data collection/monitoring. This position involves the following essential job functions:

• Clearing brush and trees using handtools and gas-powered equipment,
• Treating invasive species using mechanical and chemical methods,
• Monitoring preserve boundaries, and posting property boundary signs as needed,
• Maintaining equipment necessary for a host of management activities including those listed above, as well as backpack sprayers, hand tools, and personal protective equipment.
Potential additional activities include:
• Participating in prescribed burning program, including installation of fire breaks,
• Participating in vegetation monitoring.

These duties include working in sometimes difficult and remote field locations in adverse and strenuous conditions, such as high heat and humidity, while carrying heavy loads (up to approximately 40-pounds) and operating tools with a high degree of precision. Work is done outdoors in all weather conditions. This position requires the ability to walk extensively and be on one’s feet for 8-hour days and walk over uneven ground.

Required Qualifications

• Possess a valid Driver’s License
• Have college-level training in ecology, natural resources, forestry, environmental sciences, or similar field.

Preferred Qualifications

• Possession of Pesticide Applicators License or ability to acquire one
• Experience operating and maintaining tractors and other heavy equipment
• Knowledge of North Carolina plant communities, native plant species, and invasive species
• Experience operating and maintaining chainsaws
• Completion of S-130/S-190 Firefighter training/Fire behavior
• Wildland fire or prescribed fire experience

There are no health or retirement benefits offered with this position.

Please send a resume and cover letter to Geoff Austin, geoffrey.austin@ncagr.gov.