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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 datasets.
  • 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
  • Deadline to Apply is April 19, 2024

For Questions

Contact Will Ruark at or 704-342-3330 if you have any questions about this role.

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.



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