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Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation Landscape Internship

Fallingwater (Mill Run, PA)

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, seeks applications for the McKenna Foundation summer landscape internship.

Job Duties

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. Cyclical maintenance of the Fallingwater landscape will also be part of daily responsibilities. The interns work under the direct supervision of the Horticulturist and the Senior Director of Operations. Dr. George Longenecker, Professor Emeritus at West Virginia University, will also provide guidance on a weekly basis throughout the summer.


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.

Physical Requirements

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Applicants must have the ability to perform strenuous outdoor landscaping tasks in a variety of weather conditions.


This position's primary location is Fallingwater

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.), forty hours per week.

Application Process

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

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (employer or professor)

Application Deadline

March 31, 2023

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

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