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
PA Natural Heritage Program Plant Ecology Intern - Pittsburgh, PA

Fawcett Digital Multimedia Communication Intern - Mill Run, PA
Robert and Harriet Kirkpatrick Education Intern - Mill Run, PA
Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation Landscape Internship - Mill Run, PA
 


 

WATERSHED CONSERVATION - AMERICORPS SERVICE POSITION (450 Hour, Stipend and Ed Award)
Indiana, PA

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is seeking (1) Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps AmeriCorps member to serve the Watershed Conservation Program for a total of 450 hours. This position offers a stipend and Ed award. The service member will work under the supervision of assigned Watershed Conservation staff.

Position Duration: March 26, 2018 – August 10, 2018

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
• 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 a resume and cover letter to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Watershed Americorp in the subject line of the email.

Application deadline is March 2, 2018.

 



PA NATURAL HERITAGE PROGRAM PLANT ECOLOGY INTERN
Pittsburgh, PA

Job Description: Interns will conduct research related to the conservation of the native flora of Pennsylvania. Research includes documentation of the flora and plant communities of Pennsylvania with emphasis on rare elements, invasive non-native species, and plant community classification. Responsibilities include transporting and setting up field equipment, making specimen collections, recording ecological data, documenting populations of rare plants and natural communities, compiling collected data, data entry and analysis, research and record processing, GIS mapping, and correspondence.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in botany, ecology, or a closely related field, a basic understanding of statistical analysis methods, and a working knowledge of the flora of the region. Experience with GIS and GPS is greatly beneficial.
Applicants must be prepared to spend several consecutive days away from home and to work in the field under rugged conditions. Good communication skills and ability to work independently are a must. Must provide a valid driver’s license.

Position Duration: 10-12 weeks months between April 2018 – September 2018. Interns will be expected to work during normal business hours, forty hours per week.

Location: Position is based in Pittsburgh

Pay: This is an hourly paid internship; 12-15/hr. based on qualifications

Application process: To apply, email cover letter and resume to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Plant Ecology Intern in the subject line. Application deadline is March 1, 2018.



FAWCETT DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA COMMUNICATION INTERNSHIP

Mill Run, PA

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is seeking a digital multimedia intern for summer 2018.

Description: This is a unique opportunity to work at a world-renowned architectural site, putting your training into practice, enhancing your skills and building experience in the field of public relations and digital communications. The intern will work to support the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Communications Department in the area of digital communications for Fallingwater’s website, social media and other electronic platforms.

Duties and responsibilities may include:

  • Supporting content management of Fallingwater’s web presence, including taking photographs, recording video and audio, writing content for website, and development of graphics for website.
  • Helping to optimize website images in WordPress.
  • Supporting current social media platforms at Fallingwater through writing content and developing graphics
  • Developing a social media campaign for Fallingwater that includes strategies and objectives to attract, engage and evaluate new and current audiences.
  • Going on assignments for photography and video shoots as necessary.
  • Becoming familiar with the WPC and Fallingwater missions and brainstorm content ideas for new videos, podcasts, enewsletter stories and other multimedia projects.


Qualifications: We are looking for a qualified student with progress toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree in communications, public relations, design, media arts, marketing or a related field. Qualified candidates must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and provide examples of written and digital work.

Position Duration: Ten weeks, beginning June 1, 2018, and ending August 11, 2018. The intern will be expected to work during normal business hours (typically 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), 30-40 hours per week. There is potential to expand the responsibilities on an as-needed basis through spring 2019.

Location: Fallingwater is located in rural Mill Run, Pennsylvania (zip code 15464), and is approximately 90 miles southeast from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). Having a motor vehicle is strongly recommended as there are no stores or amenities within walking distance of onsite 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 toiletries.

Application Process:
To apply, email cover letter, resume, two letters of reference and at least two work samples to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Digital Multimedia Internship in the subject line. Application deadline is March 15, 2018.

 


 

ROBERT AND HARRIET KIRKPATRICK 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 her/himself 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 undergraduate, 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 2018. 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 on site 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 March 15, 2018.

 



KATHERINE MABIS MCKENNA FOUNDATION 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 a historic 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: Ten to twelve weeks, beginning around May 15, 2018. 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, two letters of reference and at least two work samples to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Landscape Internship in the subject line. Application deadline is March 15, 2018.
 

 



 

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