Arabia Alliance recruiting for winter park management internship

Tom and Killian Smith
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Tom and Killian Smith have donated countless hours to make the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve the welcoming, accessible place it is today. They recently relocated to North Carolina.

The Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance is now accepting applications for a two-week park management and conservation internship at Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, in honor of the impactful work of long-time volunteers Tom and Killian Smith.

For almost 20 years, the Smiths donated their time, energy and knowledge to make the Nature Preserve a more welcoming place for everybody. Due in no small part to their efforts, Arabia Mountain has become a beloved jewel of the DeKalb County park system. The Tom and Killian Smith Arabia Mountain Stewardship Interns Program will continue their work of caring for this precious greenspace. The Arabia Alliance is accepting applications until Oct. 31, with a priority deadline of Oct. 18.

The Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve (DAMNP), in partnership with the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance, is seeking an intern to lead stewardship and park maintenance projects at DAMNP during the winter of 2019-2020. Interns will receive a stipend, materials budget, and the opportunity to engage in hands-on park projects. This position is ideal for driven, self-directed workers who are comfortable outdoors in all weather.

The internship is designed for undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of: environmental studies, natural resources, recreation management, education, natural sciences and sustainability. Previous parks and recreation experience preferred, or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this internship.

“Part of being a National Heritage Area is supporting and educating those who will ensure the future of these parks and historic sites,” said Mera Cardenas, Executive Director of the Arabia Alliance. “Through this program, we’re helping open the door to the next generation of park stewards.” Tom and Killian Smith’s dedication to the Nature Preserve has created a lasting legacy. This internship will continue their work to preserve and care for Arabia Mountain and the surrounding greenspace.

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