Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies Internships

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Things to Consider:

ENVR students can gain valuable experience in the field—and fulfill the Environmental Experiences component of the major—through internships. Internships provide you with an opportunity to learn in a work setting. The rule of thumb is 45 hours of work on-site per credit hour, so a three-credit internship typically requires supervised work of approximately 10-12 hours a week for 14 weeks during a regular semester, or 135 hours of work in a summer or winter term. You can sign up for three, four, five or even six credits if you wish.

An internship is not the same as a research project or a directed study – an internship must involve a student placement with a supervisor in a work setting, learning new material and skills. In the past few years, ENVR students have interned at organizations as diverse as the Colorado Sierra Club; National Park Service; National Forest Service; Maryland Coastal Bays; US Fish and Wildlife Service; Maryland Department of Natural Resources; Chesapeake Bay Foundation; MD Department of the Environment; Horn Point Laboratories; Chesapeake Bay Trust; Sussex County Preservation Office; Montgomery County Department of the Environment; Old Growth Forest Network; Adrenaline High, an eco-tourism company; Bienvenidos a Delmarva, an immigrant outreach consortium; and the Salisbury Zoological Park, to name a few. ENVR students have also taught environmental education in a Peruvian orphanage, worked at two different environmental education camps, and interned on three different organic farms.

Students can set up internships in the Salisbury area during the fall or spring, or literally anywhere in the world during the summer. Internships are student-generated; with the assistance of Environmental Studies faculty, Career Services staff, and a little research, you’ll find a myriad of possibilities in addition to the organizations mentioned above.

To create an internship,

  1. Think. Internships can provide many benefits—an experiential learning opportunity, a way to explore possible jobs, a way to fill in holes in your own learning, a way to develop a network of like-minded people. Consider your own interests: What are you passionate about? What piques your interest? What type of job do you think you’d like to have? What area of learning would you like to learn more about?

  2. Search. We recommend a number of avenues:

  3. Define/plan. Talk with the sponsoring organization and Mr. Nelson (410-543-8105, to work out a plan that spells out hours, expectations, and potential final products. An internship has to involve educationally productive work – not just filing papers, stuffing envelopes, or mopping floors, for instance. To help get you started, Career Services provides general SU guidelines for internships.

  4. Commit.


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National Council for Science and the Environment Clearinghouse: go to to look through over 100 internships (and counting!) already uploaded to the platform. You can apply directly through the clearinghouse portal.

Orion Magazine Grassroots Network: Looking for summer internships or that first job? Don't forget to tell them about Orion's job board before they're gone for the semester -- it's free to use and there are opportunities in environmental education, policy, conservation, activism....the whole gamut:

National Park Service Programs: This pdf document provides valuable information about the NPS Student Educational Employment Program and, at the bottom, provides links for student, seasonal and permanent federal jobs.

The Washington Center: SU has been developing a relationship with The Washington Center, an organization that offers high quality internships in a variety of fields. There are a number of ENVR-related internships offered under Health, Science and the Environment. Here are some examples to check out:


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Internships Close to SU/Better Suited for Fall and Spring

Wicomico County Recreation, Parks and Tourism

Wicomico County Recreation, Parks and Tourism will offer a new ENVR internship program in Spring 2016. We will continue to offer the internship for summer, fall, winter and spring. We will target local Environmental Studies undergraduates for the Spring and Fall semester, and expand our applicant pool for our summer internship program.  The internship will focus on Environmental Education programming and interpretation throughout Wicomico County, with a concentration at Pemberton Historical Park and along the Nanticoke River at our county parks.  Selected students would have some input in the composition of their internship.  The internship could vary from 20 – 40 hrs per week. If you are interested, please contact

Andy Kitzrow

Recreation Superintendent, Wicomico Recreation, Parks & Tourism

500 Glen Ave. Salisbury, MD  21804

(410) 548-4900, ext. 114  Office  (443) 944-6084 Cell     (410) 548-4917 Fax

ENVR Studies Department internship

The ENVR department is offering a new ENVR Studies internship. The intern will work in the environmental studies office, learning how the department works, strengthening ENVR outreach and generally assisting with the program. Duties will include—

  • Creating an ENVR newsletter for Alumni
  • Helping with community outreach: Stash Your Trash, Bike Sby, Chamber of Commerce spring cleanup, Community gardens, working with the Parkside High Environmental Club, the proposed Leonards Pond Run kayak trail, etc.
  • Updating/maintaining the ENVR website
  • Assisting with ENVR projects: Green Fund, the ENVR wood shop, pollinator garden, signage, Climate Messaging Conference, etc.
  • Researching/writing grants to help extend community outreach.

If you are interested, please contact Mr Nelson 

Lower Shore Land Trust (LSLT) Internship: spring 2016 and beyond

The Lower Shore Land Trust is looking for an energetic, self-sufficient and creative intern to assist with the marketing and communications of our upcoming fundraisers, workshops and projects. They would work beside the Stewardship & Outreach Coordinator to do community outreach by tabling events and also assisting with monitoring properties that are permanently protected. The candidate should have a passion for the outdoors and conservation, be creative, and must have experience with website design (preferably word press), content writing for newsletters and social media campaigns. The internship will take place at our office in Berlin and hours can be flexible to accommodate work schedules. The intern will gain valuable resume-building skills through independent and collaborative website and communications management. The intern will gain critical professional development experience and networking opportunities from an established land trust. Lower Shore Land Trust will act as a professional reference to inform others of important work accomplished by the individual for our organization The student will work with LSLT Executive Director Kate Patton and Stewardship & Outreach Coordinator (and SU ENVR grad) Victoria Bauer to assist with related LSLT projects.  Arc GIS, Microsoft Office and familiarity with social media skills (including electronic newsletters through Constant Contact) a plus!

Specific duties include:

  •    Update and develop educational materials about the benefits of native plants and pollinators;
  •    Implement a communications program to promote organizational activities, particularly those     associated with the annual Native Plant Celebration;
  •   Assist with choosing and ordering native plants for the annual Native Plant Celebration;
  •   Assist with the coordination of an event to promote the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Pemberton Park Pollinator Meadow and the Adkins Pond Nature Park Pollinator garden;
  •   Update the native plant guide
  •   Participate in outreach and educational events when possible.

The LSLT provides a valuable link to raising awareness of disturbing downward trends in pollinator populations and offering solutions for homeowners, residents and families to take positive action to reverse habitat loss. The intern will assist in fostering a strong partnership network of local organizations and experts by working with the LSLT ED to coordinate activities and awareness among partners, including the Lower Eastern Shore Beekeepers Association, Environmental Concern, master gardeners, the Ward Museum, Wicomico County Parks and Recreation, local businesses and students at Salisbury University to educate and engage families and community members about the issue. The intern will gain experience working on the existing pollinator gardens, developing educational materials, assisting with the LSLT E-Newsletter, communicating on the LSLT Facebook page, volunteer outreach and coordination and general organization support as timing allows.

Please provide a resume of applicable experiences and skills, along with any references to: Kate Patton, Executive Director, Lower Shore Land Trust   410-641-4467

Nanticoke Watershed Alliance

The NWA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the resources of the Nanticoke River, seeks a motivated intern (for any/all seasons--ongoing) at the NWA office in Vienna, MD. Key programs include middle school environmental education in Delaware and Maryland and the Nanticoke Creekwatchers Citizen Water Monitoring program. Interns may also assist with fundraising projects and outreach initiatives. Must have reliable transportation, valid drivers’ licenses, and undergo a background check for the environmental education program.

Environmental Education Program

The Environmental Education Program includes in-class, field, and stewardship components and reaches seventh-graders in Wicomico County, MD, and Sussex County, DE. Interns--

  • Assist the Education Coordinator with Enviroscape presentations      in-class and educate students about water conservation, water quality and      watersheds, and connections between food, land, and people during field trips      and field days in Wicomico County, MD, and Sussex County, DE.
  • Help plan and assist with field trips, field days, and student      action projects, such as tree plantings, steam monitoring, and school      gardens.
  • Help develop lesson materials, perform outreach to teachers/schools      & present materials.


Nanticoke Creekwatchers Citizen Water Monitoring Program is a volunteer-driven water quality program. Sampling runs from late March to early November, with a number of pre- and post-season tasks required. An intern may--

  • Assist with season kick-off: make      volunteer kits, volunteer manuals, and prep equipment.
  • Help staff the End of Season Potluck in      November and/or the Creekwatchers Training & Season Kick-off in March.
  • Work with Creekwatcher volunteers in the      field; assist with water sample collection and lab delivery.
  • Assist Envirocorp Lab Inc. with bacteria      analysis & perform data entry
  • Assist with end of season procedures:      clean, test, calibrate, and inventory equipment.


Outreach Programs include Homeowner Workshops, Reclaim Our River events, and community fairs and festivals, as well as social media and website outreach. The intern may:

  • Develop social media, website content and newsletter articles aimed at environmental stewardship and topics related to natural and cultural history and recreational opportunities in the Nanticoke River watershed.
  • Help staff booths at community fairs and festivals; assist staff at outreach programs.


To apply, candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and three references (two of them professional) to Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Beth Wasden at

Migrant Clinicians Network

Migrant Clinicians Network is a global organization working to eliminate health disparities among migrant and seasonal farmworkers and mobile poor populations. Based in Austin, TX, with five satellite offices throughout the US, MCN provides peer support, technical assistance and professional development to health professionals who provide care to migrants. MCN’s Salisbury, MD office has an opportunity for an intern to assist in special projects and research related to the Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) program. The EOH program works to assist frontline providers to integrate EOH practices into primary care in order to address the unique healthcare needs of migrant patients and improve healthcare quality.

Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) is looking for an intern for the 2016 Fall Semester at our downtown Salisbury office. In the four years since we've moved to our downtown location, we've been able to offer internships to nine SU students from a variety of majors. This internship will provide prospective candidates with an introduction to: 

    - migrant health 

    - environmental health & environmental justice 

    - occupational health & safety 

    - agricultural health & safety 

    - pesticides (exposures & health risks)

    - public health 

    - public policy 

    - worker protections 

    - culturally appropiate popular education 

Please see the attached internship description for more information. Interested candidates should email their resume and a brief letter of interest to Students interested in learning more about the internship opportunity can contact me via email or phone- 512.579.4536 (direct line) 

Please visit our website to learn more about our organization: 

 Salisbury Zoo   All seasons; apply directly/online @ Education-->Volunteers-->Interns. (Be sure to set academic credit up with Mr Nelson before starting the internship.) Note: Though for SU a 3-credit internship during the semester normally demands 10-12 hours per week, the zoo requires 15 hours per week.

National Park Services Assistant.  Fall, Spring.  Employer: The National Park Service, in partnership with the National Council for Preservation Education.  Internship description: The internship program offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain practical experience in cultural resource management programs in the National Park Service headquarters, field offices, and parks, and in other federal agencies.  Working under the direction of experienced historic preservation professionals, students undertake short-term research and administrative projects. Students learn about and contribute to the national historic preservation programs and the federal government’s preservation and management of historic properties.  NPS: NCPE: See the following pages for a listing of positions, and check the Web sites for updates on New positions.  National Council for Preservation Education, Academic Year 2014-2015 Internships with the National Park Service, & Department of the Interior. 

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy.  All Semesters.  Address:118 Wye Narrows Drive, Queenstown, MD, 21658.  Website: Phone: 410-827-9756 E163.  Full-time for 4 months (depending on availability), 40 hours/week.  Description Of Internship: In efforts to preserve the prime farmland, wildlife habitats, and unique natural assets of the Eastern Shore, ESLC helps landowners explore and implement various conservation options for their properties, such as conservation easements. To ensure the ongoing preservation of these special places, ESLC annually visits landowners and inspects preserved properties. The Land Stewardship Intern plays an instrumental role by helping ESLC carry out these responsibilities. For more information about ESLC, please visit . Qualifications: The Land Stewardship Intern will help monitor our conservation-eased properties by making site visits, observing and documenting changes to the properties and completing and filing monitoring reports for each visit. The Land Stewardship Intern also will help the Stewardship Manager assemble and organize the necessary documents (photos, maps, directions to each site, etc.) for the site visit. Administrative tasks related to the management of the stewardship files include preparing field file forms, labeling maps and photographs, and entering monitoring reports in a database. Applicants will be exposed to an asked to interpret legal documents, such as a conservation easement. The ability to read maps and orient oneself in the field is essential, as is attention to detail and strong organizational skills. Applicants should possess the ability to work outdoors in variable weather conditions and walk long distances through varying terrain. Application Procedures: The Land Stewardship Intern will receive experience in easement monitoring, stewardship management, and land conservation.  Rate Of Pay: $2000.  To apply, send resume and cover letter to Megan DArcy, Stewardship Manager at Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, PO Box 169, Queenstown, MD 21658 or by email at . Please provide specific dates and length of availability.

The Delmarva Discovery Center on the Pocomoke River, all semesters. A nonprofit cultural, historical, and natural learning center in Pocomoke, is looking for interns (unpaid) for credit or non-credit students. Specifically, we are looking for students who would like to intern with husbandry (directly working with our 20+ animals), history, or education departments. For the husbandry and education departments we are looking for individuals that are comfortable with a wide variety of animals (snakes, turtles, frogs, fish etc…). We would like students with prior knowledge of these animals or students who are willing to learn about them. There is also aquarium care (including marine and fresh water tanks) that we look for students to either have experience with or be willing to learn about as well. Interns will be hands on not only working with these animals but also teaching others about them. There is also a huge educational aspect to the museum. Christine and I run the education department as well. We have summer camps, outreach programs, wildlife interpretation,  after school academies, and in house programs all dealing with a variety of ages from young children to adults. All of these different programs help to increase the publics knowledge not only about our center but the environment and animals as well.

 If this does not interest you and you would prefer the history aspect of the museum we have multiple different historical values to the museum and we would love for some history majors to come in and work with us on them as well. We have a life size replica steam ship and Native American and Colonial exhibits in the museum. This is just a few examples, there is a lot more history in the museum to work with. Our whole museum is based off of the history and native environments in Delmarva.

 Although these are unpaid internships, we are more than willing to work with students to obtain credits if required or wanted. Interns will have hands on experience directly with their interests. Each intern will be able to create their own program and project which can go on resumes. Interns will be able to deliver public programs and will be able to work with us in collaboration with the National Park Service, Salisbury Zoo, Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge, NASA, and other aquarists and herpetologists from leading zoos and aquariums.

 If you have any interest please contact Katie Ballentine or Christine Okerblom through email at:  education@delmarvadiscoverycenter.orgYou can also visit our website at to see more about our museum.  410.957.9933 x 104

Husbandry Aid Internship

We are looking for students who are passionate about wildlife, conservation, and environmental education. Husbandry Aid Interns are responsible for taking care of a wide variety of native and non-native reptiles and amphibians. In addition to reptile and amphibian care, interns will learn about fresh and salt water aquarium care. Interns will write and present animal programs and lead nature hikes for visitors. Prior experience is not needed.  We welcome all majors to apply to our internship program. Environmental Studies and Biology students are strongly encouraged to apply. If you are looking to work with wildlife or environmental education this is a wonderful opportunity for you.  We accept interns for the spring, summer, and fall semesters. For more details please contact:

 Education Internship

DDCM is a museum that focuses on the natural and historical beauties of the Delmarva Peninsula. Our education department offers a wide verity of educational programs for all ages and grades. We place an emphasis on hands - on learning activities and STEM initiatives. Education intern duties would include: writing and implementing new programs, using Maryland and Virginia state curriculum standards. Interns would also have an opportunity to learn and partake in grant writing.

Christine Okerblom. Director of Education and Exhibits, Delmarva Discovery Center

Email: (410) 957-9933   Phone:

The Nature Conservancy (TNC), MD/DC Chapter (contact: Dave Ray,, 850.241.6837). Established in 1951, TNC is the largest private conservation organization in the world, employing hundreds of scientists and thousands of conservation practitioners & support staff. TNC’s mission is ‘to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.’ Of our MD land holdings the 10,000-ac Nassawango Creek Preserve, stretching between Salisbury and Snow Hill, MD on the Lower Eastern Shore, is the largest and most active in terms of land management and research. Interns working with TNC staff would have opportunities to develop projects in a variety of areas of mutual interest, examples include: habitat restoration and monitoring, GIS/GPS applications, remote sensing applications, sustainable forestry, low-impact nature-based recreation, and use of dendrochronology (tree ring analysis). To learn more visit our website:

Pocomoke River State ParkPocomoke River SP could use interns in a variety of possible positions and will work out specific job duties and schedules with you. They have a variety of environmental programs offered to the public and private groups that need assistance including canoe and kayak natural history tours, topic interpretation with live animals and are open to personally built lesson plans on interested topics. They also have a monthly publication, The Pocomoke Paddler, for which they always need articles, and need someone to create promotional materials such as flyers, informational sheets, etc.  PRSP will train all interns just as if they were seasonal employees and each intern would be evaluated by permanent staff. Contact Angela Pease []

Assateague State Park: 6915 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin MD (Assateague Island). Semester or summer: Contact Angela Baldwin,  or Meghan Sochowski 410-641-2120, ext 20. Interns can work on a variety of projects: developing education programs, teaching student groups, developing and restoring play spaces, and working on the interpretive program and trail for the Rackliffe House, a restored 18th-century coastal plantation house now serving as the park’s Coastal Heritage Center.

 Organic Farm Internships

Pogo’s Pantry Organic Farm intern at an organic farm only a few minutes from campus! Located on Dikes Road; take Milford Street, right at light, then immediate left. Debbie Nicholson, 443-783-8229 (phone is preferred method of contact) needs summer interns to work the farm. You’ll learn about planting, mulching, composting, tending the free-range chickens, watering, weeding, and all of the tasks that go into running an organic farm operation.

There are a number of other area farms that would like to host interns. If you are interested, talk w/Mr Nelson in ENVR.

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Internships more appropriate for Summer

2016 Summer Internship Announcement

Maryland Environmental Service- Poplar Island Maryland Environmental Service is looking for a summer intern at the Paul S. Sarbanes Ecosystem Restoration Project at Poplar Island. MES is an independent state agency that is focused on finding innovative solutions to our region’s most complex environmental challenges, and on preserving our region’s natural resources. These goals are evident at the Poplar Island site. A national model for the use of dredged material in habitat restoration, Poplar Island is being returned to its former important ecological function while helping to ensure the economic vitality of the region.

Pay: Based on years of schooling and course work completed 

Schedule: 7:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M., Monday- Friday; Crew boat leaves and returns to MES land base located in Tilghman, MD; *No housing provided* 

Duties: Assist onsite Environmental staff with various tasks related to the implementation of monitoring plans. This includes the monitoring of water quality, wetland vegetation, algae, bird populations, mosquito populations, and invasive plant species. Help with conducting bay sampling, delivering samples, and data entry. Provide support to various state and federal agencies.

If interested, send resume to:            Alexa Boos, Environmental Specialist

                                            by April 8, 2016


Midshore RIVERKEEPER® Conservancy (MRC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and protection of the waterways that comprise the Choptank River watershed, Eastern Bay, and the Miles and Wye Rivers located in Maryland. Located in Easton, MD the organization serves as an advocate for the health of these tributaries and the living resources they support. MRC strives to provide education, outreach, and restoration programs. These programs promote environmental awareness of the essential role these rivers and streams play in the community, of the issues that threaten their health and vitality, and of the solutions that must be implemented to preserve them. Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy is seeking applications for a summer internship experience.

Summer intern activities include:

 water quality monitoring

 oyster restoration

 environmental education activities including community kayaks and children’s programs

 monitoring of restoration projects including tree plantings and wetlands

 community engagement and event planning

 independent capstone project


We require basic computer literacy, writing skills, and a willingness to participate actively in a variety of programs that will include time on the rivers and time in the office. **Internships are unpaid and interns must commit to a minimum of 10 weeks of time. Start and end dates are flexible. ***

If you are interested in learning more, or applying for an internship please send a resume to Suzanne Sullivan at  by February 29th, 2016. Interviews will be conducted in March-April either in person, over the phone, or via the internet.

Choptank Riverkeeper Internship Summer 2016

Midshore RIVERKEEPER® Conservancy (MRC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and protection of the waterways that comprise the Choptank River watershed, Eastern Bay, and the Miles and Wye Rivers located in Maryland. Located in Easton, MD the organization serves as an advocate for the health of these tributaries and the living resources they support. MRC strives to provide education, outreach, and restoration programs. These programs promote environmental awareness of the essential role these rivers and streams play in the community, of the issues that threaten their health and vitality, and of the solutions that must be implemented to preserve them. Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy is seeking applications for a summer internship experience.

Summer intern activities include:

 water quality monitoring

 oyster restoration

 environmental education activities including community kayaks and children’s programs

 monitoring of restoration projects including tree plantings and wetlands

 community engagement and event planning

 independent capstone project

We require basic computer literacy, writing skills, and a willingness to participate actively in a variety of programs that will include time on the rivers and time in the office. **Internships are unpaid and interns must commit to a minimum of 10 weeks of time. Start and end dates are flexible. ***

If you are interested in learning more, or applying for an internship please send a resume to Suzanne Sullivan at by February 29th, 2016. Interviews will be conducted in March-April either in person, over the phone, or via the internet.

Oyster Culture Internship--Horn Point 

The Oyster Culture Program at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory ( is accepting applications for summer internships: Summer Internship in Oyster Aquaculture 

Backround: The Oyster Recovery Partnership and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory, with funding from the Ratcliffe Foundation, is offering summer internships for up to two people to work with Maryland’s growing oyster aquaculture industry.  The primary duty station will be the Horn Point oyster hatchery but will include work at other locations, including commercial production facilities.  Interns will receive training in basic oyster culture including:  oyster hatchery operations, remote setting for spat on shell production, nursery methods, and oyster grow-out using a variety of  techniques that include both bottom culture and water column methods.  Interns may be expected to participate in other training opportunities provided to the industry and will learn basic oyster hatchery techniques including: broodstock conditioning, spawning, larval rearing, algae production, and setting.

Requirements: The internships require dedicated individuals and will include weekend work and irregular hours.  Applicants should be at least 17 years of age, possess a valid driver’s license and have transportation.  They must be able and willing to work in wet, muddy conditions and be able to lift heavy (>50 pounds) objects.  The objective of this internship is to train individuals for a career in commercial oyster farming in the Chesapeake Bay region.  Applicants should note that lodging and per diem are not provided or available for these positions.

Dates of Employment: The starting date is flexible but applicants should be able to begin before the end of June 2015 and will terminate by the end of August 2015, but may be extended longer with approval of all parties.

Salary: $400.00 weekly

Application Procedure: Completed applications should be submitted to:

Dr. Don Meritt                       Email to

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Horn Point Laboratory. Box 775, Cambridge, MD 21613

Email to

 Applications must include name, address, phone and email address, as well as education level (current high school or high school graduate, college or trade school). A history of work experience should be provided including time of employment period(s). A short essay (limit 250 words) on why you are interested in learning oyster aquaculture must be included with the application.  Application period ends: May 1, 2015.

The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, located on Maryland's Eastern Shore in Grasonville, MD is currently accepting applications for our Environmental Education summer internship program.  Positions are available for undergraduate and recent graduates to work primarily with our summer camp.  See attached description of position.  This is an unpaid internship, however a stipend may be available.  High school students (16+) interested in volunteering with our summer camp programs may also contact me.  Please pass along this information to anyone you think would be a good fit!  More information on this internship and our summer camp programs can be found here:  Thanks!


Katherine Nelson

Education Manager, Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center 410-827-6694

Assateague Coastal Trust/Coastkeeper

has an internship opening for our annual summer “Swim Guide” project which involves water quality bacteria monitoring onboard the COASTKEEPER boat: pulling water samples, labeling and preserving water samples, and using a YSI Pro Plus water quality meter to record pH, DO, Salinity, Conductivity and water temperature, as well as observing weather and water conditions for notation in a weekly log.  At the Coastkeeper office, the intern will preserve samples using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray 2000 system for Enteroccoci, and prepare them for incubation.  The following day, the intern will analyze the water sample trays and record the results in a weekly log.  This information will then be uploaded to the Waterkeeper Alliance Swim Guide online data website and to Assateague Coastal Trust’s website.  Please visit for more information about the Swim Guide project.  You can also visit to view the MS Excel report from 2014.   In addition to this data collection, the intern will maintain an Excel spreadsheet of data from our weekly water quality monitoring trips aboard the Coastkeeper boat.  

In addition to the Swim Guide project, the intern will have the opportunity to ‘shadow’ the Coastkeeper throughout the summer for conference calls, meetings and hearings in order to learn more about the advocacy side of watershed protection.

Kathy Phillips, COASTKEEPER, Executive Director – Assateague Coastal Trust

PO Box 731, Berlin, MD 21811    (O) 410-629-1538    (Mobile) 443-235-2014

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center Marine Science Educator


Phillips Wharf Environment Center (PWEC),, was created to provide a hands-on experience, especially for children, with the many species of animals and plants that live in the Chesapeake Bay. Located in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay on Tilghman Island, PWEC offers live exhibits, waterside activities, aquarium displays, tours, and field trips. Its mission is to ‘Inform, Inspire, and Involve’ those who live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to take action on its behalf. In addition to learning about the environment and ecosystem, visitors also gain understanding about how the watermen harvest Bay resources. PWEC is offering internship opportunities to qualified college students. Gain hands-on experience while making substantial contributions to environmental education in the Chesapeake Bay region. We are actively recruiting for college students majoring in Education, Biology, Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Fishery Science, or related field who is ready for a ‘resume-builder’ opportunity. Interns work in direct contact with children and adults of all ages. Housing is available. 


Responsibilities include maintenance and care of tanks and animals (turtles, fish, horseshoe crabs, blue crabs, etc.), preparing of the "Fishmobile" for events, giving tours of our exhibits/ Fishmobile to guests, aiding in PWEC educational events, and aiding in oyster restoration projects.


We seek college students majoring in Education, Biology, Marine Biology, Environmental Science, or related field. The ideal candidate will be able to work at least 20 hours a week and possess a personal interest in outdoor and environmental education and health of the Chesapeake Bay. The ability to work independently as well as with a team and excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required. Applicants must be willing to work hours beyond the standard 8-hour day on occasion. The ability to work well with both children and adults are required.

Students are welcome to email me directly with their resumes and a cover letter. Kayla Fairfield, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center      410-886-9200 For more information about Phillips Wharf EC, please visit

Sassafras Environmental Education Center/Eastern Shore Land Conservancy

The Sassafras Environmental Education Center (SEEC) is an educational division of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC).  SEEC’s primary mission is to help close the ever-widening gap between children and the natural world by improving environmental literacy.  Partnering with the Eastern Shore’s agricultural community, Chesapeake Bay watermen, regional historians, local scientists and environmental experts, SEEC provides an ecological, geological, and biographical study of the Delmarva Peninsula.  All programs are held outdoors along forested trails, farm fields and rivers. 

Undergraduate – Volunteer Position Summer interns at the Sassafras Environmental Education Center have two primary areas of responsibility.  Outdoor education (60%) and outdoor management (40%).

Outdoor Education Responsibilities: Interns will assist SEEC staff with the preparation, delivery and clean-up of outdoor lessons, activities and programming for school-aged children in Kent County, MD.  Undergraduate interns also help SEEC staff with direction and guidance for high school interns and Americorps volunteers.  Interns are strongly encouraged to assist SEEC staff with creation and modification of summer lessons and activities. All programs are designed to get the participants outside, moving around and using their hands to guide their minds.  Activities may include, but are not limited, to short hikes or canoe paddles, gardening, plant and animal identification, ecology-based interactive games, hands-on experiments, nature art, nature engineering and history.       

Outdoor Management Responsibilities: When there are not programs or participants at SEEC, interns will help the staff to maintain the trails, garden, facilities and equipment used for programs.  This may include work such as trimming grass, trees or hedges; mulching trails; sanding or painting; cleaning; weeding or harvesting. Interns may also be asked to assist with office and administrative duties, errands, outreach events, or other organizational tasks. 

Qualified undergraduates will have an interest to both learn and share knowledge about the world around them.  Students must be hard-working, capable of following directions, in good physical condition, and enjoy working with people.  The most qualified applicants will be creative, and work well both independently and as part of a team. 

Students studying or planning to focus on Environmental Studies or related topics are preferred.  Additional qualities, such as experience working with children or leading groups, working outdoors and familiarity with local ecology are desired.  Interested students can contact the Sassafras Environmental Education Center at: 410-348-5214     OR

The Smithsonian Gardens provides an array of internship experiences thanks to the diversity of services it offers to the Smithsonian, the world's largest museum complex. Interns work with SI's expert professional staff to gain a strong foundation for those hoping to enter the public gardening world. We accept current and recently graduated undergraduate and graduate students studying horticulture, landscape architecture, museum studies, or other related fields.   

Opportunities include:

Smithsonian Orchid Internship

Interior Plantscaping

Deadlines:  Applications for internships should be received no later than the dates listed below.

Summer Internships: February 1 Fall internships: May 15

Requirements for applying to the Smithsonian Garden intern program:

Submit an on-line application Two letters of recommendation College transcript(s) Essay describing background, interest in field, career goals and chosen project.

Further details about the internship and how to apply can be found on our website at .

Office:  600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 3300, Washington, DC 20024

Mailing:  PO BOX 37012, Capital Gallery 3300,  MRC 506, Washington DC 20013-7012 T: 202-633-5840

Environmental Interpretation Internships. Unpaid/volunteer, Summer.   U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel, Maryland. Unpaid volunteer opportunities, experiences in interpretation and environmental education.

Contact Person:  Amy Shoop, Visitor Services. Patuxent Research Refuge.  10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708-4027.      301-497-5776.

Wildlife Biology Internship. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel, Maryland. Summer.  Stipend.  Location: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel, Maryland.  Dates of employment:   Runs April 7, 2014 – August 22, 2014. Qualifications:  Must have well-developed communication skills and leadership ability; be able to work independently and as part of a team; experience collecting biological data in the field preferred.  Bachelor’s degree (or pursuing) in wildlife management, natural resources, or related field, and field work experience are desired.  Although a work vehicle will be provided for official duties, applicants must have a personal vehicle and a valid driver’s license. Duties:    Intern works closely with a team of biologists to assist with waterbird surveys, wood duck and other avian production monitoring programs.   Hens and young may be banded.  Intern will also assist biologists with impoundment maintenance and invasive plant species control on the refuge.  Other responsibilities include data entry and analysis.  Intern will have opportunities to participate in other Refuge surveys, including frog calling, woodcock and whippoorwill, and vegetation surveys.  Must interact effectively with staff and volunteers to assure quality data is collected.  On rare occasions, intern may be required to assist with various visitor services at the Visitor Contact Station.  Dormitory housing may be an option, if needed.  Work schedule will be during standard business hours, 40 hours per week, and may include an alternating schedule between Sunday-Thursday and Monday-Friday with federal holidays off.  How to Apply:  Send letter of interest, resume, and 3 references with phone numbers and e-mail addresses to e-mail address below. Closing Date:  Applications must be received by March 10, 2014.  Contact Person:  Christopher Wicker.

Delaware State Parks is now accepting applications for Spring, Summer, Fall, and year round internship positions. Internships range from 12 weeks to year round; our program offers a stipend and free housing. Positions are available for Spring, Summer, and Fall Positions are available at all Delaware State Parks. Love the outdoors? Love Children? Good with people? Want to make some money, get experience and have some FUN? Then Join our Delaware State Parks Internship Program. Academic- and career-focused positions available statewide.

We are currently recruiting for:

  • ·         Environmental Educators and Summer Camp Counselors – direct service working with field experts in educational program delivery, research and coordination
  • ·         Historical Interpreters - direct service conducting historical education programs in costume (period dress), research and develop programming and deliver presentations on- and off-site. Civil War, WWII and Colonial era.
  • ·         Historical preservation - Working alongside our field experts, this position will utilize best practices and Department of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Structures, as well as Section 106 requirements in preservation activities, where needed, at 450 historic buildings throughout the state. The position includes first-hand preservation work and research.
  • ·         Rock Climbing Educators– year long position working alongside field experts in educational program delivery, research and coordination of rock climbing program at Alapocas Run State Park.

BENEFITS: Paid Stipend; exceptional, hands on learning experience working with field experts; Some housing is available at no fee; and interns receive admission to all parks and most activities throughout the Park System.

Requirements: Must be 17 years of age and legally eligible to work in the US

Want to Know More? Visit  and apply online!

AshLeigh McKinney CIG

Internship, Volunteen, and Youth Conservation Corps Programs Coordinator

Coordinator of Volunteers – First State Heritage Park

Delaware State Parks   89 Kings Highway   Dover, DE 19901   (302) 739-9252

Pickering Creek Audobon Center, Easton MD. Contact Director Mark Scallion, 410-822-4903;  Over the course of eight weeks the intern will observe and participate in all aspects of Pickering Creek’s educational programming – including grant funded, community-based conservation efforts and summer EcoCamp – as well as assisting with the care and maintenance of Pickering Creek’s live reptiles and preparing for the 2014-2015 school year programs. The intern will work with our science education and summer Camp Director, Krysta Hougen, to help provide great experiences in science and the outdoors, helping with experiments and exploring nature with the students. Additionally, the intern will work with Teacher-Naturalist Samantha Pitts, assisting with a habitat restoration project at Magnolia Meadows, a low-income housing development in Easton.  There the intern will help residents of the complex develop and implement a planting plan to make their complex more hospitable for both wildlife and human residents.  The intern will also work with Susanna Scallion, Pickering’s Development Manager, sharing compelling stories that connect people with nature to Pickering supporters. The intern will also help Susanna connect faith groups and community organizations to the salt marshes of Dorchester County.  The summer intern will also work closely with Jaime Bunting, Pickering Creek’s Education Manager, in curriculum assessment and development for science, natural history, and environmental education programs for both formal and non-formal educational settings. 

Abbotts Mill Nature Center, Milford DE. Contact Jason Beale, Delaware Nature Society. 302-422-0847. Website: Interns will be able to assist with a variety of jobs, including developing and teaching natural, cultural, and agricultural history programs as well as environmental education courses to visiting school groups, and upkeep/management of the center's myriad properties, including the 6-acre Cedar Bog Preserve and 21-acre Isaacs Tract, owned by the Nature Society, the core area and buildings owned by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, the 27-acre Lindale Tract, 12-acre Lee Tract,and the 13-acre Morton Farm, allowned by the Division of Fish & Wildlife.  The Delaware Nature Society also manages the nearby 177-acre Blair's, Savage, and Pope Tracts along Tantrough Branch, Blair's Pond, and Griffith Lake. Hiking and wildlife observation opportunities, as well as a 5K (3.1 miles) cross-country course are available on the extensive trail systems.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater MD 21037-0028. 443-482-2216, email contact Jane Holly, School Programs Coordinator website: (Summer or semester off) Paid internships from 10 to 26 weeks, with stipend of $425/week, on-campus housing available. Interns may work in one of 18 research labs or in the Environmental Education department, teaching visiting school groups from mid-March through June and then summer camps.

Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve: Main office 580 Taylor Ave E-2, Annapolis MD 21401, 410-260.8744. (Semester or summer) Monie Bay wetlands, near Deal Island, are its largest component. Contact Coreen Weilminster, Education Coordinator email ; website . A their website says, “Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR-MD) was established in 1985 with Monie Bay, a large wetland near Deal Island on the lower Eastern Shore, being the sole component. In 1990 Otter Point Creek and Jug Bay were added to the reserve. Together, these three reserve components reflect the diversity of estuarine systems found within the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay providing essential habitat for commercially as well as recreationally important fish and crabs, filtering mud from the Bay's murky waters, and protecting the shoreline from flooding. CBNERR-MD promotes educational opportunities and scientific study of these estuarine systems so that we can better manage and successfully restore these important habitats, as well as enjoy a healthy and productive Bay.” Interns will help strengthen the protection and management of the Reserve, advance Bay conservation, research and education, increase the use of science and of the Reserve sites and help address management issues.

Naturalist Internship @ The Oregon Ridge Nature Center in Baltimore.  All Semesters.  The Oregon Ridge Nature Center is a Baltimore County Recreation & Parks facility and is located in Cockeysville, Maryland. The center is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday and offers a variety of trails and exhibits featuring live animals and the history, wildlife and natural environment of the area. Public programs, school field trips, canoeing, scout programs and special events are also offered throughout the year.  Internship Description:  Oregon Ridge Nature Center is seeking responsible, motivated, and organized interns to assist with and lead hands-on, outdoor environmental education programs. Training will be provided. Other general duties include assisting with live animal care, program materials maintenance, trail and garden work, assisting park visitors and exhibit interpretation.  Qualifications:  Applicants should have an interest or pursuing a course of study in natural sciences, environmental science, science education, outdoor recreation, or related field.  Willingness to learn and perform a multitude of tasks.  Excellent communication skills.  Reliable transportation.  Able to work independently and as part of a team.  Commitment: Intern Naturalists are expected to work for the Spring, Summer, or Fall season and generally work a minimum of 12 hours/week. Some evening and weekends may be required.  To apply for an internship, please send cover letter, resume and three references to:  Oregon Ridge Nature Center.  Attn: Naturalist Internship. 13555 Beaver Dam Road. Cockeysville, MD 21030. For additional information, visit  or call 410-887-1815.



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