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Volunteer & Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

We have one temporary, part-time job opportunity available at this time. We are looking for an environmental educator who is available for 20 hours per week from September 1st through May 31, 2014. Please click here to download the job description and here for the application. Applications are due by August 2nd and interviews will be completed by August 13th. Thank you for your interest!

We also have internships available for the 2013-14 acedemic year. Please see below for more details. Preference will be given to students available for the entire acedemic year. Applications are due by August 9, 2013. We look forward to hearing from you!


Internships are arrangements in which students and career-changers lend their talents to organizations in return for an opportunity to develop skills, learn about an industry, and gain exposure to the work environment. They allow a person to explore career avenues and the specific organization or company as well. Internship programs can be set up as either compensated or non-compensated. You might earn a stipend, a wage or simply college credit and work experience. Whether paid or unpaid, an internship is often quite beneficial to the student who participates, for he or she receives "real world" experience and an early opportunity to impress potential employers. Employers also benefit from internship programs by obtaining the services of skilled personnel for modest cost and by being exposed to new ideas and perspectives. They too get to test out potential employees before making an offer.

Click here to download the intern requirements information sheet and here to download the Internship Application.

Stormdrain Marking

Storm drain marking involves labeling storm drain inlets with plaques, tiles, painted or pre-cast messages warning citizens not to dump pollutants into the drain. The messages are generally a simple phrase or graphic to remind those passing by that the storm drains connect to local water bodies and that dumping will pollute those waters. Some storm drain markers specify which water body the inlet drains to or name the particular river, lake, or bay. Common messages include: "No Dumping. Drains to Water Source," "Drains to River," and "You Dump It, You Drink It. No Waste Here." In addition, storm drain markers often have pictures to convey the message, including common aquatic fauna or a graphic depiction of the path from drain to water body. Here in New Hanover County, we are working with City of Wilmington Stormwater Services to mark drains within City limits that drain to the Cape Fear River. As budgets allow, we will expand these marking efforts to the beach communities and unicorporated areas throughout the county. If you are interested in helping within City limits, please contact us for more details.

Big Sweep

What happens to litter? In a place surrounded by water like New Hanover County, chances are good that it will end up in the river or the ocean fairly quickly. Once it hits the water, litter becomes marine debris, one of the most preventable sources of pollution in our oceans today. Hundreds of volunteers throughout New Hanover County will gather to reduce the amount of litter that becomes marine debris during Big Sweep, an annual cleanup of our waterways, hosted by Keep New Hanover County Beautiful. Big Sweep convenes in Wrightsville Beach at the Gazebo at Johnnie Mercer's Pier, in Carolina Beach at the Boardwalk Gazebo, in Kure Beach at the Pier, and at Greenfield Lake's Boathouse. Other locations are added as needed or as volunteer numbers demand.

Volunteers needed! Refreshments and bags will be provided. Please come prepared to be outdoors: wear sunscreen, wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Help us reduce the amount of waste at the event by bringing your own reusable water bottle and gloves if you have them.

Tree Fest

TreeFest, an annual distribution of tree seedlings hosted by Keep New Hanover County Beautiful (an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful), is typically held over two days at the end of every January in Independence Mall at the JC Penney end court. Local residents are invited to select up to five tree seedlings to take home and plant on their property. A suggested donation of $3 per household will help ensure that TreeFest will return in years to come. TreeFest is funded by the donations received from participants during the event. HOURS on both days are typically: 10am to 5pm (or until the trees run out).

Earth Day

Volunteer & Make A Difference

Wilmington's Earth Day Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting our planet through environmental education and awareness. This is a small group of volunteers who give freely of their time in order to make the organization and the annual celebration a success.

There are a lot of different volunteer opportunities with Wilmington's annual Earth Day Celebration. Whether you're available during the celebration itself - or a different day of the year - there's something for everyone. When was the last time you volunteered? The rewards are endless. Giving just a few hours of your time really does make a difference. Volunteering gives us all a sense of community involvement and can help us build incredible, life-long relationships.

If you would like to get involved as a volunteer, please contact us for more information and for an opportunity that fits your schedule.

You can also participate in Wilmington's Earth Day Celebration as an exhibitor, a sponsor, or even just by attending. This is a great way to spend a day with family and friends. For more information on becoming an exhibitor or a sponsor, please click on the link above and contact Shannon Culpepper of the Earth Day Alliance.

Pet Events

According to the City of Wilmington Stormwater Services, fecal coliform bacteria is the largest manageable pollutant in New Hanover County waterways. In an effort to raise awareness in the community, we attend pet events to interact with pets and their owners. We encourage responsible pet ownership and stewardship of the environment by having people sign pledges to clean up after their pets. The Program is called Canines for Clean Water and is a program that we offer in collaboration with the City of Wilmington's Stormwater Services.

Here is a list of just some of the local pet events we attend:

Home & Garden Shows

The annual Wilmington Garden Show is usually held at the Schwartz Center of Cape Fear Community College in downtown Wilmington. It is hosted and organized by the NC Cooperative Extension and Arboretum. Details can be found at this link: Arboretum Wilmington Garden Show

New to the show this year:

  • Food concession will be in lobby along with area for dining.
  • Special Children’s gardening activities will be in a heated tent in courtyard (to attract more young families)
  • Speakers and demonstrations on show floor this year rather than in separate building.

There are normally over 50 booths selling a wide variety of products and services for gardening and landscaping and environmental construction practices. Many returning vendors, as well as new sellers offering the latest in gardening products are on hand. This year the Garden Show was truly a one-stop event. It's where the public can find a hint of spring in the displays, the plants and decorative items. In addition, you can save time, money and gas by coming to the one event where you will see gardening products, gain information face to face with experts and listen to informative and interesting talks on a variety of topics.

2012 Exhibitors:

  • Cape Fear Bonsai Club
  • Cape Fear Garden Club
  • Cape Fear Orchid Society
  • Carolina Gardener Magazine
  • Carolina Solar Security Inc.
  • Circle Stone Inc.
  • Coastal Glass Tinting
  • Creative Cascades
  • Dixie Home Crafters
  • Flora Landscapes
  • Forever Flowers
  • Horizons Ltd.
  • Ingram Brothers
  • Joseph Colours
  • Landscapes Nouveau
  • Lawn Doctor of Wilmington
  • NHC Master Gardener Association
  • Mosquito & Pest Xperts
  • NHC Cooperative Extension
  • NH Soil & Water Conservation District
  • ​Plantation Garden & Gift
  • Progressive Gardens
  • Seaside Mulch
  • Shea Essentials
  • Shelton Herb Farm
  • Sindbad Crafts & Plants & Fly Trap Farm
  • Solarstar Energy Corporation
  • Stone Garden
  • Streak Free
  • Superior Sod & Garden Supplies
  • Swann Forge
  • The Ability Garden
  • The Arboretum Gift Shop
  • The Home Builders Association
  • The Home Depot
  • The Transplanted Garden
  • Thirty-One Gifts - Becky Taft
  • Tidewater Camellia Club
  • Tinga
  • Witherspoon Rose Culture