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Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation Landscape Internship (2 Positions)

Fallingwater (Mill Run, PA)

Fallingwater, a property entrusted to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and designated as a National Historic Landmark and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is seeking two (2) Landscape Interns for summer 2024. 

Job Duties

The landscape internship will consist of outdoor work for the Fallingwater grounds and the completion of a project that combines design work and hands-on work. The interns will work independently and alongside the Fallingwater horticulturist to complete their projects and implement improvements to the landscape. Tasks will include weeding, planting, monitoring and removal of invasive plant species, and pruning. The interns work under the direct supervision of the horticulturist and the senior director of operations. Interns will additionally be advised by an outside landscape architecture professional. Several educational field trips are part of the internship. The intern will increase their skills and knowledge in plant identification, plant care and design of the landscape.


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. 

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds. 
  • Requires stooping, kneeling, crawling, bending, turning, and reaching. (full range of body motion for extended periods of time.) 
  • Physical stamina and the ability to stand for long periods – 6-7 hours per day. 
  • Physical stamina for manual labor working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. 
  • To be able to complete all physical requirements of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation. 

Preferred Qualifications

Enrollment in a master’s program or undergraduate program in landscape architecture, horticulture, plant science, or related fields of study is required. Experience with Adobe Photoshop and CAD or other drafting software or hand drafting experience is preferred, but not required. Applicants must have the ability to perform hands-on outdoor landscaping and gardening tasks in a variety of weather conditions. Some experience working outdoors or plant care experience is a plus.  


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 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), 40 hours per week.

Application Process

To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation (employer or professor) as PDF files to and list Landscape Intern in the subject line.

Application Deadline

March 15, 2024

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.