Watershed Conservation Internship (2 openings)

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is seeking two summer interns for the watershed conservation program. One position is to be based in Indiana, Pa. at WPC’s Watershed Conservation Program Office and another located in Elk County at WPC’s Allegheny Regional Office in Ridgway, Pa. The interns will work under the supervision of assigned watershed conservation staff.

Position Duration: Summer of 2021; two positions are available for up to 480 total hours each. Tentative dates May 10, 2021 to August 13, 2021; dates will be determined by PHEAA program.

Locations:  1067 Philadelphia Street, Indiana, PA 15701 and 159 Main Street, Ridgway, PA 15853

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 and 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

Eligibility Requirements (for Ridgway office position placement)

  • Progress toward the completion of a degree or enrolled for the upcoming fall 2021 semester in biology, watershed science, stream ecology, environmental studies or a related field
  • Be an Elk County, PA resident
  • Must meet PHEAA financial eligibility requirement
  • 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 as long as they will meet this requirement for the upcoming fall 2021 semester.


  • 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
  • The ability to swim
  • 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

How to Apply

To apply send resume and cover letter to [email protected] and list Watershed Intern in the subject line.  Applicants for the Ridgway office position must also complete a PHEAA Work Study application available online through the Stackpole-Hall Foundation Summer Jobs Program website.