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Facilities Management Intern
Category: Horticulture

The North Carolina Arboretum
Asheville, North Carolina

Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013



Olmsted Fellow Internship

Position Announcement: Facilities Management Intern


Olmsted Fellow Internship Program

The Olmsted Fellow Internship Program is a prestigious opportunity for selected undergraduate and graduate students in a wide variety of academic fields to gain valuable, on-site experience at one of America's leading public gardens. The experiences may entail responsibilities in research, economic development, design, horticulture, conservation, public relations, marketing, environmental stewardship and sustainability, and other facets of the Arboretum's mission areas. Selected through a review process that incorporates such criteria as academic performance, demonstrated ability to achieve goals, leadership potential, and sound character, Olmsted Fellows are capable of developing and utilizing advanced skill sets that result in personal and professional growth potential, as well as contribute value to Arboretum priorities and service.


Position Description: Facilities Management Intern

This internship is available to students in construction management, facilities management and related fields who are interested in pursuing a career in Facilities Management or Construction Management. Students will have the opportunity to work alongside the Director of Facility Management and Planning applying classroom knowledge and gaining practical work experience. Interns will be expected to fully participate in department activities and are encouraged to share their experience and knowledge. This position reports directly to the Director of Facility Management and Planning.


Responsibilities include:

Assist the Director in determining facilities management priorities as well as budgeting and scheduling options for completing those priorities.

Assist the Director in planning and executing any potential construction activities on the Arboretum property.

Assist the Maintenance Department with performing routine preventative maintenance to ensure that machines continue to run smoothly, building systems operate efficiently and the physical condition of buildings does not deteriorate.

Assist the Maintenance Department with repairing and/or replacing defective equipment, building systems and building structures.

Create spreadsheets or databases for equipment maintenance and repair.

Assist the Director with creation of staff schedules.

Daily interface with volunteers

Daily interface with guests



Independent Project:

Project must be currently relevant and meet an Arboretum need. Intern will work with the Director to identify and select project. Intern will be allowed 3 hours a week to work on assigned project at the discretion of the Director; additional project time will be completed independently. Staff will be available to provide support, but interns will have the primary responsibilities for completing their project on time.


Learning Outcomes:

● Upon completion of the internship, the intern will understand the day-to-day operations of a facilities management department.

● Upon completion of the internship, the intern will have experience in design, planning, budgeting and scheduling facilities management repair and maintenance projects.

● Upon completion of the internship, the intern will understand how to perform preventative maintenance as well as troubleshoot problems to find the best resolution.



Completion of one or more years of education in construction management, facilities management or a related field at a college, university, or community college.

Must be either currently enrolled or a recent graduate (graduating less than 12 months before the position term start date).

Preferred work experience in construction management and facilities maintenance.

Career aspirations in the construction management and facilities management fields.

Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Ability to work with a diverse group and to politely engage with Arboretum guests.


Physical Requirements:

Excellent physical health and stamina

Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs occasionally, up to 30 lbs frequently, and up to 10 lbs constantly. Ability to stand for long periods of time

Ability to work in all types of weather conditions, including heat, humidity and rain


A competitive process will be applied to intern selection through submitted application and interview.


Hours: 20 hrs per week scheduled during Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm

Pay: $9.00 per hour with the potential of earning 3 credit hours or equivalent based on University policy. Internship credit is available subject to approval by your educational institution.

Duration of Assignment: 12 weeks, preferably September to December. Attendance mandatory.

Requirement: A Background check will be required for the prevailing candidate

Location: The work site is located at The North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, NC. Intern must provide own housing and transportation.


To Apply: The application package will consist of a NC State application (available at, cover letter, resume, official transcript, and two letters of recommendation. All application materials and reference letters should be mailed or delivered to:

Olmsted Fellow Internship Coordinator

The North Carolina Arboretum

100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way

Asheville, North Carolina 28806-9315

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