TreesCharlotte Internships

TreesCharlotte co-founder Rolfe Neill leaves a legacy of generosity
Events & Volunteer Manager

Looking to gain professional experience working for an environmental nonprofit? TreesCharlotte is currently looking for interns to join our team! We accept resumes on a continuous rolling basis.

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:  The TreesCharlotte Intern will hold a dynamic position within our organization. They are responsible for assisting with the education programs including schools and adult activities, stewardship programs such as TreeCare, and CommunityWoods (tree plantings and adoptions). They will also support day-to-day administrative activities alongside the Director of Programs, Community Educator/Arborist, Community Engagement Manager, and Development & Marketing Coordinator.

Responsibilities include: 


  • Assist in the development of curricula for tree education with grades K-12,
  • Work with our arborist to create short instructional videos on tree care, tree ID and more,
  • Assist with creating educational activities for adults and communities,
  • Help our Community Educator reorganize and relaunch our Treasure Trees program,
  • Craft slideshows and videos for the website, social channels, and special events,
  • Assist in tabling event packaging materials for TreeAmbassadors,
  • Assist in writing informative blogs on the value of and impact of trees,

Community Engagement

  • Research value of trees to specific communities through iTree,
  • Shoot photos and capturing video during our summer events, which primarily occur midweek at various locations throughout Charlotte,
  • Assist in post-event analytics,
  • Conduct planting site visits to help with survivability mapping and scorecard development,


  • Build a photo inventory of trees in iconic Charlotte locations,
  • Work with our Development Manager to contribute to grant writing and reporting,
  • Continue to put together and build materials for community engagement events (i.e. tree seed packets; coloring pages),
  • Upkeep of event scorecards, including CommunityWoods and Treesilience,
  • 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 produce lively, quick videos.
  • Preferred, but not required, coursework or experience in outdoor recreation, environmental science/conservation, biology, education or similar field.

Compensation: Unpaid internship. Internship can be used towards school credit (please get in touch with your school for more information).

Time Commitment: There is no minimum guarantee of the number of hours to be worked under this agreement by either party, and the parties acknowledge that the weekly demands may vary week to week. TreesCharlotte is willing to provide a flexible schedule, with hours committed between 10 – 25 hours a week per intern. Our internships are hosted during three seasons:

  • Fall: September – December
  • Spring: January – April
  • Summer: May – August

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.

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