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.

Current Internship Opportunities

PA Natural Heritage Program Invasive Plant Biologist Internship

Erie, PA

Job Description: The invasive plant biologist intern will conduct research related to the distribution of invasive plants in northwestern Pennsylvania. The intern will implement invasive plant survey protocols for waterways and terrestrial locations and enter survey records in an electronic format. In addition, the intern will coordinate invasive species monitoring with partners and compile survey results.

Responsibilities include: Documenting invasive plant locations according to survey protocols, recording locations and invasive plants, collecting specimens, photographing infestations, communicating with project members and partners and entering information in a standardized format using a mobile device and/or computer.

Qualifications: Applicants should be working towards a bachelor's degree in botany, ecology or a closely related field, have a working knowledge of the region’s invasive flora and have a basic understanding of plant survey methods and collecting plant and photographing specimens. Experience with GIS, GPS, mobile phone apps and Excel is greatly beneficial.

Applicants must be prepared to spend several consecutive days away from home and to work in the field under rugged conditions. Applicants must be detail oriented, have good communication skills and be able to work independently and provide a valid driver’s license.

Position Duration: 10-12 weeks between May 2020 – September 2020. Interns will work during normal business hours, 40 hours per week.

Location: Position is based in Erie, Pa., in the office of a partner organization.

Pay: This is an hourly paid internship; $12-15 per hour based on qualifications.

Application process: To apply, email cover letter and resume to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Invasive Plant Biologist Intern in the subject line.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

Fallingwater Preservation Internship

Mill Run, PA

Fallingwater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, seeks applications for its preservation internship. This full-time residency intern will interact with Fallingwater’s preservation and maintenance departments, visiting consultants and vendors while working in and around a historic house museum environment.

Job Description:  Interns will be exposed to a variety of conservation and preservation initiatives at historic buildings on the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s 5,000-acre Bear Run Nature Reserve, on which Fallingwater is located. Interns will focus their duties primarily on documentation and photographic archives with hands-on work such as stone repointing and concrete repair based on past work experience. Past intern projects have included historic building assessments, inventories, project documentation and miscellaneous preservation repairs. The preservation intern also sometimes works outdoors in a variety of weather and climate conditions.

Qualifications: Applicants must be a current or entering graduate student in historic preservation, historic building trades or architectural history with experience in assessing and documenting historic structures. A candidate with hands-on experience in historic masonry or plastering is preferred.

Position Duration:  10 weeks, June 1, 2020, through August 7, 2020. Interns will work 40 hours per week during normal business hours (typically Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). July 4 is an unpaid holiday.

Location:  Fallingwater is located in rural Mill Run, Pa. , and is approximately 90 minutes by car 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. Coed, shared housing is provided at no charge. Interns are responsible for providing their own food, linens, laundry supplies and incidentals.

Application Process:  To apply, email the following items to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Preservation Intern in the subject line:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Two letters of reference (academic or employer)
  • Essay of 500 words on how participating in our internship program fits your academic and/or career goals

Application Deadline: January 31, 2020

Fallingwater Collections Internship

Mill Run, PA

Fallingwater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, seeks applications for its Judy Cheteyan Fallingwater Collections Internship.

Job Description:  The full-time residency intern will work exclusively with the archives collection.  Working under the supervision of the director of preservation and collections 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 include housing, organizing and preparing a finding aid according to national standards for DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard) and EAD (Encoded Archival Description).

Projects Planned:

  • Continued cataloging of Kaufmann family correspondence and images, including digitization and PastPerfect database updates
  • Ongoing rehousing of archival materials, including architectural drawings
  • Condition reporting of a selection of collection objects

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

Position Duration:  Ten weeks, June 1, 2020, through August 7, 2020. Interns will work during normal business hours (typically Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), 40 hours per week. July 4 is an unpaid holiday.

Location:  Fallingwater is located in rural Mill Run, Pa., approximately 90 minutes by car from 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. Coed, shared housing is provided at no charge. Interns are required to provide their own food, linens, laundry supplies and incidentals.

Application Process:  Email the following items to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Collections Intern in the subject line:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Two letters of reference (academic or employer)
  • Essay of 500 words on how participating in our internship program fits your academic and/or career goals

Application Deadline: January 31, 2020

Fallingwater Summer Landscape Internship (2 openings)

Mill Run, PA

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, seeks applications for the McKenna Foundation summer landscape internship.

Job Description:  The landscape interns are responsible for the design and installation of a project defined by the operations department for the Fallingwater grounds.  The interns will work as a team to implement the approved design/build project and perform cyclical maintenance of the Fallingwater landscape.  The interns work under the direct supervision of the horticulture specialist and the director of operations.  Dr. George Longenecker, professor emeritus at West Virginia University, will provide guidance on a weekly basis throughout the summer.

Qualifications:  Enrollment in a master’s program or undergraduate program in Landscape Architecture, Horticulture, Landscape Contracting or related fields of study.  Experience with Adobe Photoshop and CAD or other drafting software.  Applicants must be able to perform strenuous outdoor landscaping tasks in a variety of weather conditions.

Position Duration:  10 weeks, late May 2020 through early August 2020.

Location: Fallingwater is located in rural Mill Run, Pa., and is approximately 90 minutes by car 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 internship pays $10 per hour.  Coed, shared housing is provided at no charge. Interns are responsible for providing their own food, linens, laundry supplies and incidentals.

Application Process:  To apply, email the following items as PDF files to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Landscape Intern in the subject line.

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (employer or professor)

Application Deadline:  March 15, 2020

Robert and Harriet Kirkpatrick Education Internship

Mill Run, PA

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, seeks applications to fill our Fallingwater Education Department Internship. This intern will reside on-site, 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: This individual will report directly to the curator of education. The education intern will work directly with the public tour staff to interpret Fallingwater through guided tours and lectures. The intern could also assist education supervisors with on-site residency programs for high school, college and adult learners; assist with grades 3-12 educational workshops; and assist with grant writing and 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.

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

Position Duration:  This position will be 10 consecutive weeks, preferably beginning in June 2020. Interns will work during normal business hours (typically 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), 40 hours per week. Educational programs are seven days per week including Memorial Day and Independence Day. This intern will be obligated to work some weekends and evenings although he or she will not be required to work in excess of 40 hours per week.

Location:  Fallingwater is located in rural Mill Run, Pa. and is approximately 90 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, coed 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: April 1, 2020

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.