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


WATERSHED CONSERVATION—AMERICORPS SERVICE POSITION
Indiana, PA

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is seeking one (1) Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps AmeriCorps member to serve the Watershed Conservation Program for a total of 900 hours. This position offers a stipend ($6,625) and Education award ($2,887.50). The service member will work under the supervision of assigned Watershed Conservation staff.

Position Duration: January 17, 2017 – August 11, 2017

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

Job Description: The service member 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 & assessment
  • Watershed restoration
  • Volunteer training
  • Project implementation
  • Biological survey work focusing on macroinvertebrates, various fish species, and hellbender salamanders is possible
  • Delivering educational programs to Watershed Conservation Program constituents.
  • Riparian Restoration, including the planting of native trees and shrubs
  • Extensive over-night travel possible

    Qualifications:
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree in biology, watershed science, stream ecology, environmental studies or a related field;
  • Ability to work independently or with minimal supervision;
  • Proficiency with all Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word and Excel;
  •  Able to travel to various worksites and willing to work some evenings, weekends, and overnight trips as needed.
  • The ability to conduct field research in remote locations is essential for this position.
  • Position requires the ability to traverse rugged terrain while carrying at least 50 pounds of sampling gear in a variety of weather conditions, and assist with strenuous physical duties including heavy lifting and using hand/power tools to complete construction activities.

Application process: To apply send resume and cover letter to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list AmeriCorps Service Position in the subject line. Application deadline is December 30, 2016.