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.

Current Internship Opportunities

Watershed Conservation Intern

Ridgway, PA
(One Position Available)

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is seeking one summer/fall intern to work for its watershed conservation program in the Allegheny Regional office, which is located in Ridgway, Pa., in Elk County. The intern will work under the supervision of assigned watershed conservation staff.

Position Duration: August – November, 2019; not to exceed 16 weeks.

Location: 159 Main Street, Ridgway, Pa., 15845

Job Description: The intern will assist with implementing a variety of watershed restoration projects and aquatic surveys, in close coordination with watershed conservation staff. Duties may include assisting in the following area:

• Water quality monitoring and assessment;
• Watershed restoration, including riparian tree plantings and in-stream habitat projects’
• Volunteer training;
• Project design, planning and implementation;
• Biological survey work focusing on macroinvertebrates, various fish species, hellbender salamanders and freshwater mussels; and
• Delivering educational programs to watershed conservation program constituents, including K-12 programs.

Eligibility Requirements:
• Completion of or progress toward a degree in biology, watershed science, stream ecology, environmental studies or a related field

• 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.
• Position requires the ability to traverse rugged terrain while carrying at least 50 pounds of sampling gear in a variety of weather conditions.
• The ability to assist with strenuous physical duties including heavy lifting and using hand/power tools to complete construction activities.

The watershed conservation intern position pays $10 per hour.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to and list Watershed Intern in the subject line. The application deadline is August 2, 2019.

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy considers applicants and volunteers without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, sexual preference, disability, marital status or veteran status. Read the WPC Equal Opportunity Employer Statement.