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

Community Forestry Internship

Pittsburgh, PA

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is seeking (1) Community Forestry Intern.  The intern will participate in a temporary full-time (40 hours per week) hands-on immersion into tree care and with coordinating and implementing volunteer tree plantings during the 2018 growing season (May through September). The majority of service will be outside in all weather conditions, with some office work related to data management, communication, and planting season planning.

Position Duration
May 21, 2018 – September 15, 2018 (negotiable)

800 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA  15222

Job Description
This position will be working as a part of the Community Gardens and Greenspace Department at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Duties will focus on supporting the Community Forestry program projects that WPC has undertaken throughout Western Pennsylvania. To date, WPC has planted 30,000 trees through the TreeVitalize Pittsburgh program and other initiatives. This position will be responsible for basic tree care and maintenance activities throughout the growing season (May - September). Activities include but are not limited to: tree watering, weeding, and mulching during tree establishment periods. Monitoring for signs of pest, disease, vandalism, and other stressors also will be required. Other community forestry related work will include data collection and management, assisting with event planning, and volunteer management.

Training will be provided in tree biology, tree identification, planting techniques, basic tree maintenance practices, and volunteer and data management. Tool safety, job hazard assessment, and safe driving will also be included.  

Preferred candidates will have a background in one or more of the following: environmental science, biology, forestry, ecology, nursery care, landscaping, tree plantings and tree care, urban planning, or a related field. GIS experience or coursework is strongly preferred.  Successful candidates will demonstrate an ability to positively collaborate in a hands-on workplace and an ability to adapt to daily project execution needs. 

A personal vehicle is not required, but a clean driving record IS required because the intern will be driving at WPC truck daily.

This is an hourly paid internship.


Application Process
To apply send resume, cover letter and three references to and list Community Forestry Intern in the subject line. Application deadline is May 11, 2018.

Watershed Conservation Internship (Two Positions Available)

Ridgway, PA

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is seeking two summer interns for the Watershed Conservation Program’s Allegheny Regional Office, based in Ridgway, Elk County, PA. The interns will work under the supervision of assigned Watershed Conservation staff. These internship opportunities are supported by the Stackpole-Hall Foundation Summer Jobs Program and PHEAA.

Position Duration
Summer of 2018; Two positions are available for up to 480 total hours each. Positions are available May 06, 2018 to August 11, 2018.

159 Main Street, Ridgway, PA 15845

Job Description
The interns 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
  • Agricultural best management practices
  • Volunteer training
  • Project design, planning, and implementation
  • Biological survey work focusing on macroinvertebrates, various fish species, hellbender salamanders, and freshwater mussels

Eligibility Requirements

  • Progress toward the completion of a degree or enrolled for the upcoming Fall 2018 semester in biology, watershed science, stream ecology, environmental studies or a related field
  • Be an Elk County, PA resident
  • Must meet PHEAA financial eligibility requirement
  • Be currently enrolled at least half-time (six credits) in a PHEAA-approved higher education institution in a program of study at least two years in length;  High School Seniors are eligible as long as they will meet this requirement for the upcoming Fall 2018 Semester


  • 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 as part of a team is essential for this position
  • Job 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

$8 per hour

Application process
To apply send resume and cover letter to and list Watershed Intern in the subject line.  Applicants must also complete a PHEAA Work Study application available online through the Stackpole-Hall Foundation Summer Jobs Program website. Application deadline is open until the position is filled or by June 29, 2018.

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.