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Marketing Intern

Position Description:

The Catawba Lands Conservancy/Carolina Thread Trail Marketing Intern will grow brand awareness for the two organizations by carrying out key pieces of the content calendar. The Marketing Intern will work closely with the Communications and Marketing Manager to implement email, social media, website and other strategies that will increase exposure of CLC and CTT to new and diverse audiences, and increase engagement with current audiences. The Marketing Intern will work remotely from the location of their choosing, but must have reliable internet. Some in-person opportunities might become available (site visits to see properties, assistance at programs or events, etc.) but are dependent on the local conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. The schedule of working hours is flexible, but a weekly minimum of hours must be met.

Hours: Part-time (10-15 hours/week). Some evening or weekend meetings may be required.

Reports to: Communications and Marketing Manager

Application Deadline: Rolling


  • Background in communications, marketing or related field
  • Self-starter
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong follow-up and attention to detail
  • Experience using Facebook and Instagram, professional experience a strong plus
  • Knowledge of Adobe Suite, especially Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign
  • Proficient with Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Knowledge of WordPress a plus

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Write content for CLC and CTT blogs, social media and email newsletter that supports themed messaging campaigns throughout the year
  • Assist Communications and Marketing Manager and Program Coordinator in developing and producing engaging video content for themed campaigns and virtual programs
  • Assist Program Coordinator with promotion of virtual and in-person programs
  • Post content on various communications platforms
  • Monitor social channels and encourage engagement and conversation, responding to messages and comments appropriately
  • Develop and share strategies to grow and improve social media brands, and implement them alongside professional staff
  • Monitor and report on success of themed messaging campaigns on social media, both paid and organic
  • Report weekly to Communications and Marketing Manager on success (both positive and negative) of content shared that week, and trends over time

About Catawba Lands Conservancy:

Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) is a local, nonprofit land trust dedicated to saving land and connecting lives to nature in the Southern Piedmont of North Carolina. CLC protects more than 16,500 acres of land and serves Catawba, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Union counties. CLC is committed to improving the quality of life in the communities it serves by protecting clean water, wildlife habitats, farmland and natural open spaces for public benefit. CLC is also the lead agency for the Carolina Thread Trail, a regional network of trails, greenways and blueways focused on linking more than two million citizens through 15 counties in North and South Carolina. For more information, visit catawbalands.org.

About the Carolina Thread Trail:

The Carolina Thread Trail is a planned network of 1,600 miles of trails in 15 counties in the Charlotte region, 300 miles of which have been completed. CTT is currently conducting a capital campaign to help build more trails.

The staff of CTT and CLC work together as an exceptional team of dedicated professionals, each with a passion for land conservation and access to nature and all with a strong work ethic.

Course credit may be available. Please note in your application if you hope to receive course credit for this position.

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Land Conservation Associate


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 Land Conservation Associate role is integral to the success of advancing the mission of CLC and CTT. The position is a member of the Land Conservation team and works with the Land Conservation Director to manage land conservation projects through grant applications, due diligence, closing, record keeping and compliance, and post-closing stewardship matters. This role will have a dual focus on project management and transaction and post-closing coordination.


Project Management Duties:

  • Respond to prospective conservation opportunities including landowner inquiries and conduct outreach; track prospect information and define and execute next steps
  • Assist Land Conservation Director in strategic planning efforts
  • Manage grant applications, post-award reporting, and post-closing processes for land conservation projects
  • Responsible for evaluating and assisting Land Stewardship team in responding to post-closing Stewardship matters that require legal and real estate acumen and attention to detail
  • Assist with lease management, including risk management and insurance
  • Other duties as assigned

Transaction/Post-Closing Coordination Duties:

  • Responsible for land conservation transactions from contract to closing, including due diligence processes
  • Maintain organized and complete transaction records in electronic databases and hard copy
  • Assist with Land Acquisition Committee and Board of Directors meetings, including preparing agendas and presentations (PowerPoint), drafting reports and resolutions, and taking minutes (will require some weekday evening work)
  • Prepare or assist Land Conservation Director with preparation of purchase and sale agreements, contract amendments, closing documents, and other documents as assigned
  • Provide support to Land Conservation team and collegial, cross-function with all staff
  • Responsible for real property tax deferments, liability and conservation insurance, entity filings, and assisting with IRS reporting and financial audits
  • Lead Land Trust Alliance reaccreditation process
  • Support public events and programs that advance the mission of CLC/CTT (may require occasional weekend work)

Qualifications and Skills:

Education and Experience:

  • Paralegal/legal assistant certificate or degree preferred, or significant work experience in related field
  • Direct experience with real estate transactions, including due diligence and closings, and working knowledge of the financial aspects of land acquisitions required
  • Five or more years of experience in real estate, legal, conservation, or related field preferred
  • Direct experience with state and federal grants, particularly land conservation grants, preferred
  • Working knowledge of, and experience in, real estate and tax GIS software is very helpful
  • Demonstrated proficiency with the Microsoft suite software, particularly PowerPoint and Excel

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 a willingness to work with people from diverse backgrounds to advance the Conservancy’s mission
  • “Team over self” approach and understanding of mission-driven work

Compensation Information:

This position is full-time, salaried with benefits including medical insurance with HSA, paid time off, and Simple IRA with matched contribution. Salary range is $45,000 – $60,000, commensurate with experience.

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 Amanda Byrum, Land Conservation Director.  Please include “Land Conservation Associate” in the subject line.  References will not be contacted unless you are selected for an interview.