District Internship

Haywood County Soil and Water Conservation District is part of a network that includes 96 districts in North Carolina and many others across the nation. Partnering agencies include USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service, N.C. Cooperative Extension Agency and the N.C. Division of Soil and Water Conservation. Our mission is to protect Haywood county’s natural resources through education, conservation and preservation. Our technicians work with landowners, mostly farmers, on a voluntary basis to design and install conservation plans that put best management practices on the ground. The farmland preservation program partners with landowners to place conservation easements on agricultural land in the county that protect the land from encroaching development. Our education program delivers classroom programs and coordinates community outreach events including field days, contests and summer camp. To learn more about what Haywood SWCD does, check out our website.


Haywood County Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking a summer intern who is knowledgeable and motivated. We are looking for a rising junior or senior pursuing a major in natural resource management, science education, environmental science or related field. The goal of this internship is to compliment the intern’s education, help them develop a sense of professionalism and provide them real-world experience that they can use as they start their career. The intern will learn about all aspects of the District’s work including education and outreach, technical work, farmland preservation and office administration. In addition, the intern will choose additional projects from the District’s ongoing work that align with their professional interests. Required skills included: initiative, communication skills such as public speaking and writing, knowledge of natural sciences and conservation, ability to work independently as well as with a team, and adaptability. 


The internship will be located at the District's office in Waynesville, North Carolina. When in the office, the intern is expected to wear a face covering and maintain social distancing. Some remote work may be required. Housing and transportation will not be provided. The window for the internship is mid-May through August, with flexible start and end dates. The intern will complete a minimum of 150 hours and a maximum of 300 hours. The intern will work with the intern supervisor to build their schedule. Work hours must take place during office hours (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.). Upon completion, the intern will receive a stipend of $500, with an opportunity to earn an additional stipend depending on projects completed. We are willing to work with interns who are interested in receiving course credit through their university. An application for the internship can be found here. In addition to submitting an application, applicants should email a resume and cover letter to the District’s Education Coordinator, Dana Miller, at dana.miller@haywoodcountync.gov. Applications, resumes and cover letters are due by April 1, 2021. Applicants will be notified if they have been chosen for a virtual interview soon after all applications are reviewed. If chosen for the position, a background check will be completed. Any questions can be addressed to the District's Education Coordinator.