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Construction is in progress around our barnyard area. During this time, our barnyard animals will be interacting with new habitats inside and outside of the barn and receiving daily enrichment. Please bear with us while we make improvements for our animals and guests!
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Employment & Apprenticeships

Employment Opportunities at the WNC Nature Center

The WNC Nature Center is a park within the City of Asheville. To find out about employment opportunities, visit the City of Asheville employment page.


The Friends of the WNC Nature Center is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that supports the Nature Center through fundraising, marketing, membership, Gift Shop, outreach education, and volunteer programs. Current employment opportunities are posted on Indeed and listed below.



The Friends periodically have part time openings in the Gift Shop for Gift Shop Sales Associate (pdf)  positions. Please click the link to learn more. 


View the Friends’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement here.


Volunteer Apprenticeships at the WNC Nature Center

Are you looking to gain experience or learn more about zoo careers?

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2024 summer Apprentice positions. Please check back in 2025.

Each spring, The WNC Nature Center searches for seasonal apprentices to assist with our Education Department. Our apprentice positions are volunteer, non-paid positions, but after serving a minimum of 240 hours, apprentices will be eligible to receive a $2,000 stipend (any applicable taxes will apply) from the Friends of the WNC Nature Center; $2,000 is the maximum stipend one can receive.

Apprenticeships may be eligible for school credit, pending your school’s approval. The Nature Center can only host a limited number of apprentices, so the selection process is competitive.

For general information about Nature Center apprenticeship possibilities, view our apprenticeship descriptions.  Questions? Contact the Apprenticeship Coordinator at

The Friends of the WNC Nature Center offer paid and unpaid internships in their Outreach Education, Marketing, and Membership Departments. If there are current opportunities available, they will be listed below.