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 —AmeriCorps Service Position
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is seeking a Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps AmeriCorps member to serve the watershed conservation program for one year. The service member will work under the supervision of assigned watershed conservation staff.
Position Duration: August 20, 2020 to August 6, 2021.
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 in the areas of:
- Water quality monitoring & assessment;
- Watershed restoration, including riparian tree plantings and instream habitat projects;
- Volunteer training;
- Biological survey work, possibly focusing on macroinvertebrates, various fish species, freshwater mussels and hellbender salamanders.
- Deliver educational programs to watershed conservation program constituents, including K-12 programs.
- Extensive overnight travel is 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 willing to work some evenings, weekends and overnight trips as needed.
- The ability to conduct field research in remote locations is essential for this position.
- Ability to swim.
- 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.
To apply, send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and list Watershed AmeriCorps in the subject line of the email.
Application deadline is July 17, 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.