N.C. Air Awareness Internship and Education & Communications Specialist

Internship and Employment Opportunity 

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 though 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! 

Current Opportunity

We have an opening for a temporary Education & Communications Specialist. Intersted applicants should email a resume, cover letter and references to robin.barrows@ncdenr.gov as well as apply via the link below to the Office of State Human Resources job site. The closing date for this position is Aug. 25. Anticipated length of position is Sept. 5 through Dec. 22. It will involve a maximum 40 hours per week with no paid holidays. The position will report to the Allied Programs Branch supervisor in the Planning Section.

Future Opportunity: Summer 2018 Internship

N.C. Air Awareness offers a paid, 10-week summer internships. The primary objectives for our intern will be to support K-12 air quality education and outreach activities, deliver lessons and activities to North Carolina students throughout the summer, support the It’s Our Air curriculum 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 intern may also examine and utilize available environmental justice and underserved population information to enhance N.C. Air Awareness ability to reach sensitive populations. The intern’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 effects health, and how it impacts the natural environment. Interested in learning more about being our 2018 summer intern? Please contact Jonathan.Navarro@ncdenr.gov for more infomation.


Learn about summer 2016 projects former interns assisted with as an Outreach & Communications Specialist with the N.C. Air Awareness program.