TreesCharlotte Internships

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Events & Volunteer Manager

Looking to gain professional experience working for an environmental nonprofit? TreesCharlotte is currently looking for a Spring 2024 intern!

About TreesCharlotte:  TreesCharlotte is a public/private nonprofit collaboration to grow, diversify and steward the city’s iconic urban forest. Trained volunteers and science-based programs teach residents about the value of trees and how to plant and care for them.

Known as “The City of Trees,” Charlotte has a wonderful foundation for achieving manageable canopy goals. However, a detailed analysis shows we must take a more aggressive approach to ensure the continued health and well-being of our tree canopy, and we must actively plant thousands of trees to account for growth and development in our city and around the region.

Internship Summary:  TreesCharlotte is seeking an intern for the Spring 2024 Semester (February – May) to assist with tree data tracking of past planting sites. Working with our Community Arborist and our Director of Programs, our intern will learn how to collect and track tree data using an internally developed scorecard as well as utilizing the City of Charlotte’s Tree by Tree software. Data collected from this internship will assist TreesCharlotte in their future programming including scheduling tree care events and assessing sites for future phases of tree plantings.

This internship will include a combination of in-office time and remote work. Intern will be required to drive to various past planting sites in Charlotte to conduct site assessments and will report back their findings in a timely manner, as per the schedule developed by our Community Arborist & Director of Programs. While some projects can be completed onsite in the TreesCharlotte office, many site visits and projects will be conducted remotely.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Learn how to collect and track tree data through the TreesCharlotte internal scorecard.
  • Become a subject matter expert in the City of Charlotte’s Tree by Tree software. Use this software to collect and organize site data.
  • Build scorecards and Tree by Tree sites for former planting sites, which includes but not limited to CommunityWoods sites, schools, and other civic organizations.
  • Use the data collected in Tree by Tree to consolidate quantitative data and reflect these data points in our internal scorecards.
  • Continue to review and assess the effectiveness of the TreesCharlotte internal scorecard and bring recommendations to the Director of Programs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Ideal candidates will possess: 

  • Knowledge of environment and ecology of North Carolina Piedmont area (preferred).
  • Ability to perform duties in a flexible environment that changes daily.
  • Ability to work autonomously.
  • Creativity as well as sharp technical skills.
  • Ability to learn new softwares quickly and efficiently.

Candidates must:

  • Have reliable transportation.
  • Have access to a computer.
  • Have access to the internet (when working remotely).
  • Candidate will be responsible for all travel expenses.

Internship dates and hours are flexible. This position will be a hybrid position with some work hours completed remotely and some completed on-site (whether in our office or on-site at a planting location).

Ready to apply? Interested candidates should send a detailed email with their preferred internship season(s), preferred hours, and resume to Krysten Reilly, Director of Programs at

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