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 Internships
(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 2020; two positions are available for up to 480 hours each. Tentative dates are May 4, 2020 to August 7, 2020; confirmed dates will be determined by PHEAA program.
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
- Completion of or progress toward a degree in biology, watershed science, stream ecology, environmental studies or a related field
- 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 a 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
- Step 1: To apply send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and list Watershed Intern in the subject line.
- Step 2: Applicants must also complete a PHEAA Work Study application available online through the Stackpole-Hall Foundation Summer Jobs Program website. (The PHEAA application will be available in March 2020.)
Application deadline: Open until the position is filled or by June 30, 2020.
Watershed Conservation - AmeriCorps Service Position
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is seeking one Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps AmeriCorps member to work within the watershed conservation program for a total of 300 hours. The position offers a stipend and Ed award. The service member will work under the supervision of assigned watershed conservation staff.
Position Duration: April 4, 2020 – August 8, 2020
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 with:
- Water quality monitoring and assessment;
- Watershed restoration, including riparian tree plantings and instream habitat projects;
- Volunteer training;
- Biological survey work focusing on macroinvertebrates, various fish species, freshwater mussels and hellbender salamanders is possible;
- Delivering educational programs to watershed conservation program constituents, including K-12 programs; and
- Extensive overnight travel (required).
- 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;
- Ability to travel to various worksites and a willingness to work some evenings, weekends and overnight trips as needed;
- Ability to conduct field research in remote locations is essential;
- Ability to traverse rugged terrain while carrying at least 50 pounds of sampling gear in a variety of weather conditions is essential; and
- Ability to assist with strenuous physical duties, including heavy lifting and using hand/power tools to complete construction activities, is required.
To apply, please email cover letter and resume to email@example.com and list AmeriCorps Service Member in the subject line. The application deadline is March 1, 2020.
PA Natural Heritage Program Invasive Plant Biologist Internship
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and list Invasive Plant Biologist Intern in the subject line.
Application Deadline: March 1, 2020
Fallingwater Summer Landscape Internship (2 openings)
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 email@example.com and list Landscape Intern in the subject line.
- Cover letter
- Two letters of recommendation (employer or professor)
Application Deadline: March 15, 2020
Fawcett Digital Multimedia Internship
Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is seeking a digital multimedia intern for summer 2020.
Description: This is a unique opportunity to work at and help promote Fallingwater, a renowned architectural site that is now on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This internship will enhance your skills and build experience in the field of digital communications, media arts and social media. The intern will work to support the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Communications Department in the area of digital communications for Fallingwater’s website, social media and other electronic platforms.
Duties and responsibilities may include:
- Content development: Propose and develop content ideas for new videos, social media, , eNewsletter stories and other projects.
- Photography and videography: Take photography and video shoots as assigned inside and outside the house.
- Social media planning: Support Fallingwater’s social media platforms by writing content, supplying photos and possibly developing graphics.
- Assist with social media content for Fallingwater that keeps audiences informed and interested to help attract and engage new and current fans and followers.
- Web content development: Support Fallingwater’s website presence, including taking photographs, recording video and audio and development of graphics for website. Help to optimize website images in WordPress.
Qualifications: We are looking for a qualified student with progress toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree in digital communications, media arts, interactive media, social media, design or communications or a related field. Qualified candidates must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to work independently. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (specifically Photoshop and Premiere Pro), Microsoft Office applications and the use of a DSLR camera are required for this position. The intern will also perform other multimedia duties as assigned, such as photographing special events or preservation work at Fallingwater.
Position Duration: Summer 2020. The intern will be expected to work during normal business hours (typically 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), 30-40 hours per week. There is potential to expand the responsibilities on an as-needed basis through fall 2020.
Location: Fallingwater is located in rural Mill Run, Pennsylvania (zip code 15464), and is approximately 90 miles southeast from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). Having a motor vehicle is strongly recommended as there are no stores or amenities within walking distance of onsite housing.
Pay: This is an hourly paid internship that includes free onsite housing on the Fallingwater campus that is shared with other interns. Interns are required to provide their own food, linens, laundry supplies and toiletries.
Application Process: To apply, email cover letter, resume, two letters of reference and at least three work samples to firstname.lastname@example.org and list Digital Multimedia Internship in the subject line. Application deadline is Feb. 28, 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.