Internships

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy offers short and long-term summer internship opportunities for college and graduate students interested in careers related to the Conservancy’s many departments. Interns complete hands-on projects relevant to their area of specialization while working closely with supervisors, colleagues and volunteers in their host department.

We also offer fall and spring semester internships for students currently enrolled in degree-granting programs. These internships are unpaid and require a commitment of 12 hours per week for 10 weeks.

The Conservancy strongly encourages applications from students who are members of groups underrepresented in careers related to its mission.

Internship Opportunities


CAFE INTERN
Mill Run, PA

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is seeking a summer intern to work with the Fallingwater Chef.

Job Description: This is a unique opportunity to work at a world-renowned architectural site, putting your training into practice and enhancing your resume. The intern will work alongside the Fallingwater Chef generating menu and pasty items for the Fallingwater Café and certain special events. Duties may include preparing yeast rolls, breads, pies, tarts, cookies, and other desserts, preparing and decorating cakes, creating centerpieces, specialty pastry and confectionary items, and suggesting creatively designed presentation of food items. At the conclusion of the internship, the intern will produce final project report detailing the internship work performed, which will be presented to Fallingwater staff and other interns.

Qualifications: We are looking for a qualified student with culinary education and/or background experience with an emphasis on baking/pastry.

Position Duration: Summer, 2017. Intern will be expected to work during normal business hours (typically 8:30am to 5:00pm), forty hours per week. The Café is generally open six days per week, including Memorial Day and Independence Day. You will be obligated to work some weekends and an occasional evening, although you most likely will not be working in excess of forty hours per week.

Location: Fallingwater is located in rural Mill Run, Pennsylvania (zip code 15464), and is approximately ninety miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). Having a motor vehicle is strongly recommended as there are no stores or amenities within walking distance of on-site housing.

Pay: This is an hourly paid internship that includes free onsite shared housing. Interns are required to provide their own food, linens, laundry supplies, and incidentals.

Application Process: To apply, email cover letter, resume, and two letters of reference to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Cafe Intern in the subject line. Application deadline is April 6, 2017.
 


FALLINGWATER COLLECTIONS INTERNSHIP
Mill Run, PA

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, seeks applications for its Judy Cheteyan Fallingwater Collections Internship. This year we seek a full-time summer residency intern to work exclusively with the archives collection.

Job Description: Working under the supervision of the Director of Preservation and Registrar, the Collections Intern will select one or more collections from the archives as a focused summer project. The selection will be based on diversity of content, and will be of a size and scope that can be successfully completed. Duties will include housing, organizing, and preparing a finding aid according to national standards for DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard) and EAD (Encoded Archival Description).

Qualifications: Recent graduate or current graduate student in Library and/or Information Science with a strong interest and relevant experience in archives with preference given to those with an interest and/or experience with photo archives.

Position Duration: Ten weeks, beginning June 1, 2017, and ending August 11, 2017. Interns will be expected to work during normal business hours (typically Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm), forty hours per week.

Location: Fallingwater is located in rural Mill Run, Pennsylvania (zip code 15464), and is approximately ninety miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). Having a motor vehicle is strongly recommended as there are no stores or amenities within walking distance.

Pay: This is an hourly paid internship that includes free, on-site shared housing. Interns are required to provide their own food, linens, laundry supplies, and incidentals.

Application Process: To apply, email cover letter, resume, and two letters of reference (academic or employer) to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Collections Intern in the subject line. Application deadline is March 15, 2017.
 


ROBERT AND HARRIET KIRKPATRICK FALLINGWATER EDUCATION INTERN
Mill Run, PA

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, seeks applications to fill our Fallingwater Education Department Internship. This intern will reside on-site, while immersing themselves in the many organizational and curricular tasks required to provide successful educational programming at Fallingwater. This is a unique opportunity to work in the education department at a world-renowned museum and architectural site.

Job Description: The education intern will work directly with the public tour staff to interpret Fallingwater through guided tours and lectures. The entrant will also assist education supervisors with on-site residency programs focused on High School, College and Adult learners; grade 3-12 educational workshops, assist with grant writing as well as general department administrative tasks.

In addition, the intern will complete an independent project. All interns will be responsible for presenting their accomplishments to senior staff at the completion of the program. This individual will report directly to the Curator of Education.

Qualifications: The applicant must be a current graduate student or recent graduate in museum education, art and visual culture education, museum studies or a related field devoted to education. The successful candidate will possess experience in teaching, informal learning environments, architecture and museums. Experience teaching from objects in a museum setting preferred.

Position Duration: This position will be ten consecutive weeks in duration, preferably beginning in May of 2017. Interns will be expected to work during normal business hours (typically 8:30am to 5:00pm), forty hours per week. Educational programs are run 7 days per week including Memorial Day and Independence Day. You will be obligated to work some weekends and evenings although you will not be required to work in excess of forty hours per week.

Location: Fallingwater is located in rural Mill Run, Pennsylvania (zip code 15464), and is approximately ninety miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). Having a motor vehicle is strongly recommended as there are no stores or amenities within walking distance of on-site housing.

Pay: This is an hourly paid internship that includes free onsite shared housing. Interns are required to provide their own food, clothing, linens, laundry supplies, and incidentals.

Application Process: To apply, email cover letter, resume, a two page writing sample and two letters of reference to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list FW Education Intern in the subject line. Application deadline is April 1, 2017.
 


FALLINGWATER LANDSCAPE INTERNSHIP
Mill Run, PA

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, seeks applications for its Fallingwater Landscape Internship Program. This full-time summer residency intern will interact with Fallingwater’s horticulture specialist, maintenance department, visiting consultants, and vendors while working in and around the house museum environment.

Job Description: Interns will be exposed to a variety of native species of plant life and natural landscape situations on the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s 5,000 acre Bear Run Nature Reserve, in which Fallingwater is located. Interns will conceive and implement design project schemes for Fallingwater’s woodland garden landscape. Past intern projects have included the creation of an herb garden for the Fallingwater Café, a wedding garden for the Barn at Fallingwater, and landscaping of a wheelchair accessible pathway. Interns are expected to participate in hands-on routine practices such as weeding, planting, pruning, and the like that may require light lifting. The landscape intern primarily works outdoors in a variety of weather and climate conditions, so proper attire is required.

Qualifications: Applicants may be either an advanced undergraduate student or be a current or entering graduate student in landscape architecture, horticulture, landscape contracting, or related field of study. Previous work experience in an outdoor landscape setting is preferred.

Position Duration: Twelve weeks, beginning no later than May 15, 2017. Interns will be expected to work during normal business hours (typically Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm), forty hours per week.

Location: Fallingwater is located in rural Mill Run, Pennsylvania (zip code 15464), and is approximately ninety miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). Having a motor vehicle is strongly recommended as there are no stores or amenities within walking distance.

Pay: This is an hourly paid internship that includes free, onsite shared housing. Interns are required to provide their own food, linens, laundry supplies, and incidentals.

Application process: To apply, email cover letter, resume, and two letters of reference (academic or employer) to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Landscape Intern in the subject line. Application deadline is March 15, 2017.
 


LAND STEWARDSHIP INTERNSHIP
Franklin, PA

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has an internship opportunity available within the Land Stewardship Department at its Northwest Regional Office, located at 1140 Liberty Street, Suite 100, Franklin, PA 16323. This internship requires a student currently enrolled in an institution of higher education pursuing his/her bachelor’s degree in the environmental field. This is a 12-week internship, beginning on or around May 15, 2017. The successful candidate will typically report to work three days per week for the duration of this internship.

Upon completion of the internship, the student will have a solid understanding of a land trusts responsibilities in Stewardship of fee-simple and easement properties.

Skills to be learned:

  • ESRI ArcGIS Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Geographic Position System (GPS)
  • Orienteering using a map and compass
  • Land management and planning
  • Tenant relations
  • Safe use and care of power equipment
  • Professional written and verbal communication

The intern will work with the Land Stewardship Coordinator to:

  • Develop and execute a plan to clean up on newly acquired properties;
  • Capture photographs and GPS points to create and update maps using GIS software;
  • Use a GPS, map and compass to identify and mark property boundaries;
  • Use hand tools and power equipment to maintain trails and visitor parking areas;
  • Contact easement landowners to schedule annual visits;
  • Coordinate with tenants of leased properties and contractors as part our comprehensive leased property maintenance program;
  • Improve and standardize file structure and documents in the file system; and
  • Perform annual monitoring visits of fee-simple properties and complete reports documenting observations.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and a copy of your current college transcripts. Include in your cover letter your career goals and how this internship opportunity would help you achieve those goals.

Candidates must have their own reliable transportation and be able to report to Meadville, PA or Franklin, PA on work days.

Applications materials must be submitted by 3 PM on March 17, 2017.

For more information or to apply, contact:
Tyson Johnston
Land Stewardship Coordinator
814-346-0377
tjohnston@paconserve.org


WATERSHED CONSERVATION INTERN
Indiana, PA

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is seeking one summer intern for the Watershed Conservation Program. The intern will work under the supervision of assigned Watershed Conservation staff.

Job Description: The interns will assist with implementing a variety of watershed restoration projects and aquatic surveys, in close coordination with Watershed Conservation staff. Duties will include assisting in the areas of:

  • Water quality monitoring and assessment
  • Watershed restoration
  • Volunteer training
  • Project implementation
  • Biological survey work focusing on macroinvertebrates, various fish species, freshwater mussels, and hellbender salamanders is possible

Qualifications:

  • Completion of, or significant progress toward, a bachelor’s degree in biology, watershed science, stream ecology, environmental studies or a related field
  • Ability to work independently or under minimal supervision
  • Proficiency with all Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word and Excel
  • Ability to travel to various worksites and willingness to work some evenings, weekends, and overnight trips, as necessary
  • Ability to conduct field research is essential
  • Must be able to traverse rugged terrain while carrying at least 50 pounds of sampling gear, work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, and assist with strenuous physical duties including heavy lifting and using hand/power tools to complete construction activities

Position Duration: Summer of 2017; one position is available for 12 weeks at 40 hours per week. Expected start date for position is May 30, 2017; end date is August 18, 2017.

Location: 1067 Philadelphia Street, Suite 101, Indiana, PA 15701

Pay: $10 per hour

Application process: To apply send resume, cover letter and two letters of reference to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Watershed Intern in the subject line. Application deadline is March 10, 2017.