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

Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation Landscape Internship

Fallingwater (Mill Run, PA)

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and site on the UNESCO World Heritage List, seeks applications for two internship positions in Fallingwater’s Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation Landscape Internship program.

The landscape interns are responsible for the design and installation of a project for the Fallingwater grounds. The interns will work as a team to implement the approved design/build project. Cyclical maintenance of the Fallingwater landscape will also be part of daily responsibilities. 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 also provide guidance on a weekly basis throughout the summer.

Physical Requirements
  • Applicants must have the ability to perform strenuous outdoor landscaping tasks in a variety of weather conditions
Preferred 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
Location

This position's primary location(s): Fallingwater (Mill Run, PA)

Fallingwater is located in rural Mill Run, Pennsylvania (zip code 15464), and is approximately ninety 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.

Position Duration

Ten weeks, beginning in late May and ending in early August. Interns will be expected to work during normal business hours (typically 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), 40 hours per week.

Additional Details
  • Coed, shared housing is provided at no charge
  • Interns are required to provide their own food, linens, laundry supplies and toiletries
  • Having a motor vehicle is strongly recommended as there are no stores or amenities within walking distance
  • Ride sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, are currently not available in the area surrounding Fallingwater
Pay
This is a paid internship at the rate of $15.00 per hour.
Application Process

To apply, email a cover letter, resume and two letters of reference (academic or employer) to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list FW Landscape Intern in the subject line.

Application Deadline
Until filled

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Dr. William C. Conrad Stackpole Hall Foundation Summer Jobs Program – Watershed Internship (2 Positions)

Allegheny Regional Office (Ridgway, PA)

Interns will assist with implementing a variety of watershed restoration projects and aquatic surveys, in close coordination with Watershed Conservation staff.

Job Duties
  • Water quality monitoring & assessment
  • Watershed restoration and stream habitat enhancement
  • Agricultural best management practices
  • Volunteer training
  • Project design, planning, and implementation
  • Biological survey work focusing on macroinvertebrates, various fish species, hellbender salamanders, and/or freshwater mussels
Requirements
  • Progress toward the completion of a degree or enrolled for the upcoming Fall 2022 semester in a major of biology, watershed science, stream ecology, environmental studies or a related field
  • Be a current Elk County, PA resident Must meet PHEAA financial eligibility requirements
  • 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 if they will meet this requirement in the upcoming Fall 2022 Semester.
Absolute Requirements
  • 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
Physical Requirements

Job requires the ability to traverse rugged terrain while carrying at least 50 pounds of equipment in a variety of weather conditions and assist with strenuous physical duties, including heavy lifting and using hand/power tools to complete construction activities. Must have the ability to swim.

Location

This position's primary location(s): Allegheny Regional Office (Ridgway, PA)

Pay
Application Process

Please send a letter, resume to kmaland@paconserve.org and list Watershed Intern in the subject line.

Application Deadline
Until filled

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COVID-19 Considerations

All WPC/Fallingwater locations are mask friendly, but not required. We are encouraging vaccinations. All employees are required to follow the WPC Covid policy in effect, which is subject to change based on CDC recommendations.

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation / Age.

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is fully committed to diversity and inclusion. We seek contributors from all backgrounds to join our team. Read our equal opportunity employer statement.