N.C. Air Awareness Internships & Temporary Positions

Environmental Education, Outreach, and Communication

The N.C. Air Awareness program is a public outreach and education program of the North Carolina Division of Air Quality.  The goal of the program is to reduce air pollution through voluntary actions by individuals and organizations. The program seeks to educate individuals about the sources of air pollution and explain how the health effects of air pollution can be minimized by modification of outdoor activities on air quality action days. In addition, the program promotes behavior changes that can improve air quality and the environment. The N.C. Air Awareness program utilizes a wide range of web and media outlets to broadcast messages to the public. These include statewide radio messages and social media posts about open burning, idle reduction, clean air tips and much more. The program is often promoted at health and environmental fairs and festivals by both local coordinators and centrally based DAQ staff. Public information is distributed through the program website and on Facebook. Information may also be obtained by emailing air.awareness@ncdenr.gov.

Come join our N.C. Air Awareness team to learn about environmental education, how to teach K-12 students, social media messaging, digital communications, outreach and more! 

 

NEW! Information and Communications Specialist (Temporary Position)

The primary objectives for the position will be to support K-12 air quality education and outreach activities, deliver lessons and activities to North Carolina students and to communicate N.C. Air Awareness messages to the public. Additional communications, education or marketing work may be assigned to support the N.C. Air Awareness goals. The overall objective is to support the successful communication of air quality topics to K-12 students and the public to better their understanding of air quality, how it affects health, and how it impacts the natural environment.  Learn more about the opportunity by viewing the project description below.

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Position Description:

The main emphasis of the position will be providing education and outreach to help support the following projects: (1) Vehicle Emission Reduction Activities (VERA); (2) Know the Code; (3) K-12 In classroom outreach; (4) Regional offices as needed.  In keeping with the purpose of the N.C. Air Awareness, to provide opportunities for environmental education and outreach to underserved populations, another key task of the position will be assisting with an outreach campaign to high school children in driver’s education programs.  The project, called VERA, will be statewide with a focus on 33 counties that have been designated as non-attainment or maintenance, meaning that they have some air pollution issues.  The Information + Communication Specialist 1, under the guidance of the Team Leader, will be responsible for maintaining the existing partnerships, while continuing to look for new opportunities.  Outreach materials will need to be updated and new materials developed, as needed.  Data collection and evaluation will also be an essential function of the position, to ensure the success and effectiveness of the project.   

The secondary objectives for this position will be to support K-12 air quality education and outreach activities, deliver lessons and activities to NC students, support the roll-out of the It’s Our Air (www.itsourair.org) project, and to communicate NC Air Awareness messages to the public.  Additional communications, education, or marketing work may be assigned to support the N.C. Air Awareness program’s goals.  The Specialist’s overall objective is to support the successful communication of air quality topics to K-12 students and the public to better their understanding of air quality, how it affects health, and how it impacts the natural environment.   Temporary, full-time assignment; anticipated length of position Immediate through August 2020 with potential options to extend; maximum 40-hours per week; no paid holidays. 
 

To learn more about current opportunities please email Robin Barrows and Jonathan Navarro.  Please include a resume with your email.


 

Learn about past intern projects from former Outreach & Communications interns.