Internship for Creation Care
The Creation Care Alliance of WNC (CCAWNC) is the faith-based program of MountainTrue. CCAWNC is a network of people of faith and congregations who have united around a moral and spiritual call to preserve the integrity, beauty, and health of God’s creation. The intern for creation care will assist the CCAWNC director and other CCAWNC leaders in planning, promoting, and facilitating various programmatic offerings (such as in-person and Zoom workshops/presentations, book studies for community/congregational leaders, online Eco-Grief groups, worship services, outdoor excursions such as hikes, etc).
The intern will also aid the director in overseeing organizational social media pages, completing administrative tasks such as basic email correspondence and returning phone calls, and helping with community outreach. Though certain aspects of the internship will be mandatory, there is flexibility in terms of programmatic focus. Focus will be determined according to the gifts and vocational discernment of the successful applicant.
- Experience: A background in faith-based work/congregational life, love and appreciation for the natural world, and basic understanding of the environmental issues facing our communities (such as climate change, species loss, and environmental injustice) is necessary. Teaching and community organizing experience, whether formal or informal, would be preferred in addition to knowledge of ecological theology and religious environmental movements.
- Education: Undergraduate and graduate students in programs such as religious studies, environmental studies, sustainable development, social work, or environmental ethics could be well-suited for this position. In the past, selected interns have been current divinity school students in the process of receiving their Master of Divinity (MDiv). Though students have served in this role in the past, we are open to those in other seasons of life.
- Required Skills/Framework: Strong written and verbal communication skills; strong critical thinking skills; strong organization skills; social media ability; honesty; empathy; creativity; the ability to work independently; the ability to work well in a team; the desire to learn and grow alongside colleagues with the same intention.
Additional requirements: Access to a personal computer and reliable (enough) internet service.
Start date: Flexible, typically following the school year (over the course of a semester or summer break)
End date: Flexible, typically following the school year (at the end of the semester or summer break)
Work schedule: Flexible in terms of workdays and hours (with some weekends included given the nature of the position and congregational schedules). Past interns in the CCAWNC program have worked anywhere from 10 – 40 hrs per week. Internships during the summer often have higher weekly hours than internships during the school year due to class scheduling and requirements.
Location: This position will focus on communities throughout western North Carolina, though the majority of this work can be completed online. It is preferred that interns reside in western North Carolina during the time of their internship though this can be discussed and is not necessary.
Compensation: $15 per hour unless compensated by other sources (such as through one’s university). Mileage reimbursed at approximately $0.47 per mile
To learn more about the position and current openings/discuss this opportunity: Contact CCAWNC Director Sarah Ogletree at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 828-506-9467.
March 15, 2022 by 5pm for a summer 2022 position
June 15, 2022 by 5pm for a fall 2022 position
October 15, 2022 by 5pm for a spring 2023 position
To Apply: Please submit a resume along with your choice of either a cover letter or a video responding to the questions below to CCAWNC Director Sarah Ogletree at email@example.com with “Creation Care Internship” in the subject line. In your cover letter or video, please answer the following questions:
1) How do you understand “creation care” and what interests you about ecological ministry?
2) Environmental issues disproportionately impact communities of color and those living in poverty. How would you bring a lens of justice into our work together?
3) What would you hope to gain from this experience?