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 Internship
(two positions available)
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 2019; two positions are available for up to 480 total hours each. Positions are available May 06, 2019 to August 09, 2019
Location: 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 may 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
- Progress toward the completion of a degree or enrolled for the upcoming Fall 2019 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 2019 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
Pay: $10 per hour
Application process: To apply send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 positions are filled or by June 28, 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.