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 (1) Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps AmeriCorps member to serve the Watershed Conservation Program for one year. The service member will work under the supervision of assigned Watershed Conservation staff.

Position Duration: September 13, 2016 to 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
  • Extensive overnight travel possible


  • 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 Instructions:
To apply, send a resume, cover letter and three references to and list AmeriCorps Service Position in the subject line of the email. The deadline for submitting an application is August 29.

Fallingwater Internships

Fallingwater has paid internship opportunities available during the summer season, and are completed while a resident lives in our Mill Run, Pennsylvania location. Internship positions require the completion of, or significant progress toward, a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in museum studies or library/information science; historic preservation or architecture; landscape architecture or horticulture; arts education or art history; or a related field. The position duration is typically 10 weeks at 40 hours a week. This internship has been filled for the year.