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  • Watershed Management Research and Outreach Undergraduate Internship Program (summer 2024), North Central Region Water Network (several locations including Champaign, IL; due Dec. 8)

    While the internships will range in location, topic, and format, they each will provide students with broader perspectives and experience in water-related research and extension education. Students will gain real world experience with the complexities and trade-offs associated with water-related decisions in rural and urban landscapes.  In addition, students will get to know the interns in other locations across the region and participate in multistate exchanges exposing them to other ecoregions, agriculture and municipal systems, universities, and cultural contexts. As students are exposed to opportunities in extension, the program will develop interest in individuals for water management related careers outside of dedicated research.

  • Illinois Natural History Survey - Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (Summer 2024) (Application Deadline February 5, 2024)

    The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by the National Science Foundation supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the Foundation. The Illinois Natural History Survey (Prairie Research Institute) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is seeking undergraduate students who want to be involved in an ongoing research project focused on the detection and characterization of phytoplasmas, a group of bacteria associated with insects (vectors, primarily Hemiptera) and plants (hosts) and implicated in plant disease.

  • Environmental Protection Program Intern (Summer 2024), Argonne National Laboratory (Lemont, IL; recommend applying by Dec. 15 but later applications accepted)

    Interns will assist staff in implementing the EPP in one or more of the above areas with appropriate guidance, oversight, and training.

  • Council on Environmental Quality Internship Program, The White House (Washington, DC; due Feb. 29 for Summer 2024)

    CEQ interns are supervised by CEQ staff, and provide critical research and writing assistance on a range of environmental policies such as: implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), environmental justice, sustainability, climate change, resilience, public lands, water, and transportation. Through CEQ’s participation in policy processes across the Federal government, interns have the opportunity to perform diverse and substantive policy work. Duties include but are not limited to: researching policy issues; assisting the staff in drafting fact sheets, memos, and blogs; attending meetings; liaising with external stakeholders; managing projects; performing administrative tasks; and other duties as assigned.  The office environment is fast paced, so accuracy and attention to detail are absolute requirements. 

  • White House Internship Program (Summer 2024; due Nov. 10, 2023)

    Applications will be reviewed by the White House Internship Program team on a rolling basis during the application window; completed applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received. Therefore, candidates are encouraged to submit their applications sooner rather than later in the application period.

  • 2024 Forestry Summer Internship, American Forest Management, Inc. (Tennessee Valley Region; due Dec. 1)

    Are you looking for a supportive, collaborative workplace with great teams and inspiring leaders? If so, you may be a good fit at American Forest Management!  AFM’s Southeast Region has 2 openings for a Summer Internship in Kingston TN and Waynesboro TN/Russellville AL reporting to the District Manager. As an intern at AFM, you will be paired with a forester throughout your summer to gain a wide range of forestry and business experience. Activities will mostly include inventory work using a variety of cruising techniques, timber sale layout and stream buffer delineation, harvesting inspections, GIS/GPS work, tract inspections, and other duties assigned by AFM foresters.  If you like the outdoors, are an analytical thinker, and enjoy work of an independent nature, we’d like to talk with you!

  • Reforestation Technician, Wildlife Technician, and other Summer 2024 Internships at Sierra Pacific Industries (CA, WA or OR; due Feb. 16, 2024)

    Selected interns help SPI’s Reforestation Professionals to implement the establishment and maintenance of our planted forests to ensure they flourish and produce high quality timber products for our sawmills. The Reforestation Intern’s primary duties include: aiding in area layout and preparation, vegetation cover assessments, stocking surveys, and plantation thinning administration.  Opportunities also include working with SPI’s Vegetation Management Specialists to establish and maintain our fuel break network and landscape fuels reduction areas to ensure the protection and long-term health of our forests. Interns will also have the opportunity to spend time at our new state-of-the-art nursery and aid in our advanced tree improvement program. Working alongside professionals and PCA’s in the field will provide a real-world foundation for continued education or a career in reforestation. 

  • USFS LANDIS-II Forest Simulation Model Research Opportunity (Internship), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) (Rhinelander, WI; due Oct. 13)

    A research opportunity is available with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (USFS) within the Institute for Applied Ecosystem Studies at the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station located in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.

    The USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station’s mission is to deliver the science needed to help people make informed decisions about pressing natural resource challenges.  One important way that the Station does this is through science delivery, that is, by providing science-based tools that deliver sound, peer-reviewed science in a way that is easy for land managers and others to understand and apply. See the Station’s Strategic Framework at Northern Research Station Strategic Framework | US Forest Service Research and Development (

  • 2024 Forestry Summer Internship - Mid Atlantic Region, American Forest Management, Inc. (due Oct. 31)

    Are you looking for a supportive, collaborative workplace with great teams and inspiring leaders? If so, you may be a good fit at American Forest Management!  AFM’s Mid-Atlantic region has 4 openings for a Summer Internship in Beckley WV, Richmond VA, Hope Mills NC, and Edgefield SC reporting to the District Manager. As an intern at AFM, you will be paired with a forester throughout your summer to gain a wide range of forestry and business experience. Activities will mostly include inventory work using a variety of cruising techniques, timber sale layout and stream buffer delineation, harvesting inspections, GIS/GPS work, tract inspections, and other duties assigned by AFM foresters.  If you like the outdoors, are an analytical thinker, and enjoy work of an independent nature, we’d like to talk with you! 

  • USDA Forest Service Recruiter Visit - September 25, 2023

    Learn about internship and recent graduate opportunities with fall application timelines.

  • Environmental Organizing Fellowship (2024-2025), Green Corps (multiple U.S. locations)

    The planet needs all the help it can get. To win now and build a strong foundation for lasting progress, we need people who know how to organize: to run organizations and campaigns that will inspire the support and action we need to save our environment. Our program starts with intensive classroom training. You learn about issues and campaigns, organizing theory and principles, and skills from recruiting volunteers to staging a media event. Then, you move to a more hands-on experience. You make a difference on important campaigns to transition our country to clean energy, protect wildlife, and more. For example, Lauren Karpinski, an organizer from the Green Corps Class of 2019, brought together a coalition of 40 groups that helped win a landmark solar energy bill in Arkansas.

  • Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) applications for Spring 2024 due Oct. 6

    Application is open to all registered undergraduate students who have little or no research experience (both domestic and international). As part of the application, students will provide a statement of interest that speaks to:

    The list of research project descriptions can be found here: Research Mentors 2023/24

    Please read the project descriptions carefully. While these projects are meant for students with few or no research skills, participation in this program does require diligence, enthusiasm, and commitment.

  • Integrated Fire and Recreation Internship (Jan.-May, 2024), Student Conservation Association (multiple U.S. locations)

    The internship will start with a two-week training with basic firefighter training (S-130 & S-190), an arduous work capacity test, and basic trail management and maintenance.  After the training, interns will spend approximately 14 weeks on districts implementing what they learned in the field. Upon completion of their 640-hour internship, interns will have the opportunity to earn the Public Land Corps Hiring Authority giving them eligibility to apply to merit vacancy announcements for two years with the Federal Government. Check out this quick 5-minute video about the program for an in-depth look and to hear from alumni. This position is split between fire service and trail work, the amount of fire work will vary from site to site. 

  • First Look @Argonne STEM Recruitment Event for Underrepresented Groups October 20, 2023

    Our goal for this conference is to show students the diverse STEM research and opportunities at Argonne and across the DOE laboratory complex, and the support we offer in navigating the summer internship application process.

    Register by October 2, 2023.

  • Federal Internships and Pathways Recent Graduate Positions

    The White House Hispanic Initiative Team is seeking interns, fellows and experienced professionals to work with them remotely or in Washington, D.C. Candidates are considered on a rolling basis.

  • Climate Internships by Green Jobs Network

    The goal of the initial release of is to make it easier to find environmental, sustainability, and climate internships, as well as related career resources. The site includes a selection of featured internships, internship programs, and one-click access to hundreds of internships via GJN's job boards. 

  • East-Central Illinois Jobs: Grand Prairie Friends

    East-Central Illinois Jobs: Grand Prairie Friends
    Grand Prairie Friends (GPF) is a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit, conservation organization and land trust composed of people from many walks of life who share a commitment to preserve and restore natural areas in east-central Illinois. 

    Community Engagement Coordinator (full-time): 
    GPF is searching for a highly organized, creative, sociable, and reliable full-time Community Engagement Coordinator. This front-line position serves as the essential link to GPF's dedicated team of volunteers, membership, and donors.

    Seasonal Natural Areas Tech (part-time, seasonal): 
    The Seasonal Natural Areas Tech is a unique conservation land trust position which combines ecological management, site maintenance and working with volunteer stewards on the land.

    Visit for full job descriptions.

  • Wildlife Protection Intern (Fall session, part-time), The Humane Society of the United States (remote; due Aug. 31)

    The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s most effective animal advocacy organization, is seeking three (3) remote Interns for the Wildlife Protection department. As a Wildlife Protection Intern you will be introduced to state and federal wildlife protection policy (i.e. laws and regulations addressing wildlife), and to the animal protection and environmental protection fields. You will also learn about and develop the skills and tools necessary to effectively advocate for wild animals through outreach, education, and policy. 

  • Program Management Intern, Stormwater Management Commission (Libertyville, IL; due September 1)

    Depending on the assignment, the incumbent may perform a combination of some or all the following duties, and perform related duties as assigned:

    • Program Management Support will include, but not limited to:
      • Communication and collaboration between SMC and homeowners, stakeholders, and various government entities
      • Project cost tracking
      • Property transfer assistance
    • Bid Administrative Support will include, but not limited to:
      • Maintaining bid files
      • Asbestos abatement planning and supervision
      • Bid development and writeup
      • Bid opening
    • Demolition Project Administrative Support will include, but not limited to:
      • Intermediate level knowledge of Microsoft Office products
      • Maintaining demolition files
      • Scheduling demolitions
      • Permit support
  • Students Pushing INovation (SPIN) Internship (AY 23-24), NCSA (Urbana, IL; open until filled)

    The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has a history of nurturing innovative concepts, and some of the best ideas have come from highly motivated, creative undergraduate students. The Students Pushing INnovation (SPIN) internship program was launched to provide University of Illinois undergraduates with the opportunity to participate in hands-on research and contribute to interdisciplinary projects covering focused research areas in Culture and Society, Earth and Environment, Bioinformatics and Health Sciences, Material and Manufacturing, Data and Computational Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, and Digital Agriculture. The SPIN program is currently accepting applications for the Academic Year 2023-24 session. Please apply at by August 13, 2023. We will consider applications on a rolling basis, so apply early. 

  • DC and District Internships (Fall 2023), U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (due July 17)

    Interns will gain insight into the legislative process, network with staff, and learn about the inner workings and responsibilities of a congressional office. My internship is seeking qualified undergraduate or graduate students, or recent college graduates to apply for either a part-time or full-time position. Interns will receive a monthly stipend. The D.C. Office operates Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 PM Eastern Time, and the Fall internship will run from August to Mid-December 2023.

  • Aquatic Research Data Internship (6 months), Colorado Parks And Wildlife (Fort Collins, CO)

    This internship utilizes online training and personal one-on-one instruction, working with software packages such as SQL, R, ArcGIS, and Tableau, to manage, manipulate, and analyze fisheries data from across the state. A primary topic of interest will be developed in consultation with the data analyst and worked on throughout the internship to produce a publication or presentation at the local American Fisheries Society Chapter meeting. Various opportunities to work alongside field crews to see how data collection is occurring in the field will be arranged.

  • GIS Internship (12 months), Ducks Unlimited, Inc (Dexter, MI; due May 31)

    Responsibilities include GIS data development for the National Wetlands Inventory within the Great Lakes, Gulf Coast, and U.S. territories in the Caribbean, and assisting with a variety of projects as needed, including data collection and management, cartography, geospatial analysis, and geospatial web applications.

  • Joe Burns Memorial Wildlife Policy Intern (July-Dec. 2023), The Wildlife Society (Remote)

    The Wildlife Society (TWS) has an anticipated opening for a paid wildlife policy intern with an interest in federal natural resource policy issues. This will be a six-month appointment running from July-December 2023.  The wildlife policy intern will be an integral part of TWS’ Government Affairs program. This program works to ensure that 1) TWS’ members are informed of policy issues and the impact policies have on their work in wildlife conservation, 2) policies empower, enable, and assist wildlife professionals in their work of wildlife conservation and management, and 3) wildlife science is the foundation upon which wildlife-related policy decisions are made.

  • Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) / Customer Service YIP Intern (July 2023-Jan. 2024), Colorado Parks and Wildlife (Denver, CO; accepting 25 qualified applications)

    The purpose of the Youth Internship Program (YIP) for Natural Resources is to employ and expose students and recent graduates to natural resource careers within Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW).  The selected candidate will experience a variety of learning experiences (i.e. ride along with officers, wildlife surveys, educational activities, seminars, training’s) and gain a broader understanding of CPW and its various careers.  This position is a great experience for those wanting to pursue a career as a District Wildlife Manager, Park Ranger, or biologist.

  • Cabin Leader Internship (summer 2023; males needed), Dunes Learning Center (Chesterton, IN)

    Cabin Leaders help students create connections, build confidence, and develop a sense of place by providing opportunities to explore, ask questions, reflect, and work together as a team. They facilitate the evening programs (campfire, group games, night hike, ice cream social, etc), lead meal and flag raising activities, and provide overnight supervision of campers throughout the week.

  • Land Conservation Intern (summer 2023), Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (Elizabeth, IL; due Apr. 26)

    The Land Conservation Internship (“the Intern”) position is a 40-hour per week, seasonal, paid position responsible for assisting with the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation’s (“JDCF”) Land Preservation and Land Stewardship programs, with a particular emphasis on conservation real estate transactions, geographic information systems, and ecological restoration. This position will also assist with the land stewardship activities at Twin Ponds Research Farm. This position is designed to give the Intern a comprehensive understanding of nonprofit land protection practices and procedures and land stewardship practices.

  • Multiple summer 2023 internships with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (open until filled)

    MWRD's Internship Program offers paid internship positions. While the main focus is on wastewater management, there are opportunities to gain knowledge and practical experience in a wide range of functions in each department.

    For additional information, please visit the Online Employment Center at

  • Visitor Services Intern (summer 2023), Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge (Prairie du Chien, WI; due Apr. 14)

    Intern will perform duties as assigned pertaining to the visitor use and biology program of
    the Upper Mississippi River NW&FR, McGregor District. The incumbent serves as a Visitor Services intern
    assisting with the operations of the refuge's visitor services program. Intern will also cooperate with the
    Friends of Pool 9 on various projects. Intern will also occasionally support the biology program.

  • Horticulture Summer Internship, Home Nursery, Inc. (Albers, IL)

    Objective: To offer college students educational experience in every aspect of the horticulture production industry
    via short-term assignments in every department at Home Nursery, Inc.

  • Fall 2023 Internship Opportunities at the Executive Office of the President (Washington, D.C.; due Apr. 14)

    Thank you for your interest in internship opportunities at the Executive Office of the President (EOP). The Biden-Harris Administration is pleased to announce that, for the first time in recent history, the EOP is offering paid internship opportunities in many of our offices. 

    The following offices will be offering internships in the coming year: The White House Office, the Office of the Vice President, the Council of Economic Advisers, the Council on Environmental Quality, the Office of Administration, the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of the National Cyber Director, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Office of the United States Trade Representative, and more.

  • USFS Silviculture Summer Internship, US Forest Service / ORISE (Olympia, WA; due Apr. 14)

    USFS Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is available with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (USFS) at the Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station located in Olympia, Washington. 

  • Fall 2023 Office of Science and Technology Policy Internships (Washington, D.C.; due Apr. 14)

    In 1976, recognizing the need to coordinate the Federal science and technology policy, and provide the President with the best possible guidance on advances in science and technology, Congress established the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Today, OSTP works to maximize the benefits of science and technology to advance health, prosperity, security, environmental quality, and justice for all Americans.

  • Environmental Education Internship (summer 2023), Iowa Lakeside Laboratory (Milford, IA; open until filled)

    The Environmental Education Intern’s primary responsibility is to assist with development and delivery of Lakeside Lab’s environmental education programs. These programs include summer camps, family programs, outreach events, field trips and more. The Environmental Education Intern will show leadership, professionalism, and a passion for the outdoors. The Environmental Education Intern must enjoy working with children and the general public and have a strong interest in natural sciences and a desire to share it with others. The Intern will further develop their communication and interpretive skills, lesson plan development skills, and teaching skills, as well as be exposed to career opportunities in environmental education and related fields.

  • Urban and Community Forestry Intern (for recent grads; 1 year starting June 11), MobilizeGreen (remote; open until filled)

    MobilizeGreen seeks two conservation minded Urban & Community Forestry Interns to serve 52 weeks in a virtual position within the Eastern region.  The U.S. Forest Service’s Eastern Region manages State and Private Forestry programs that provide funding and professional advice to improve the health of both public and private forests. Those assisted include forest landowners, tree owners in cities and towns, non-profit conservation and greening organizations, universities, state forestry agencies, tribes, and natural resource managers.

  • Research Intern (2 positions in plant and soil ecology; summer 2023), The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL; due Apr. 3)

    Do you seek an internship that connects restoration science and practice? The Midgley Soil Ecology Lab at The Morton Arboretum is recruiting two current or recent college-level Research Interns to participate in our experimental prairie and brush pile burning projects. The experimental prairie Research Intern will work with a team of students, scientists, and staff to survey prairie plant communities, collect and process soil samples, and maintain the experimental garden located at The Morton Arboretum.

  • Seasonal Fisheries Intern and Technicians (field and laboratory; summer 2023), Center for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Charleston, IL; due Apr. 7)

    Description: The Center for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at Eastern Illinois University isseeking several seasonal fisheries interns and technicians to assist with general field andlaboratory work associated with graduate research projects. Current projects include invasivecarp reproductive ecology, stream fish community monitoring, and sportfish populationdynamics on the Wabash River. Field work duties will include assisting graduate students with avariety of fisheries surveys, recording biological and environmental data, and maintaining fieldequipment. Fisheries surveys will be conducted on a variety of streams, rivers (Wabash andIllinois Rivers), and reservoirs throughout Central Illinois. Surveys will include bargeelectrofishing, electric seining, larval fish sampling, boat electrofishing, hoop netting, collectionof water quality samples, and macroinvertebrate sampling. Laboratory work will includeprocessing larval fish samples, assisting with water quality measurements, assisting with streamfish identification, assisting with fish aging techniques, and maintaining a clean and organizedlab space. Internships will come with a monthly stipend, and per diem reimbursement forovernight travel trips.

  • Community Engaged Internship (summer 2023), Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (remote or hybrid in the Chicagoland area; due Mar. 31)

    Sea Grant’s Community Engaged Internship (CEI) aims to broaden participation in coastal, ocean, Great Lakes, and marine sciences by offering training and mentorship, through paid internships, to undergraduate students from under-resourced, underrepresented and/or indigenous and tribal populations. This program aims to broaden participation in coastal and marine profession by engaging and recruiting diverse undergraduate students in place-based research, extension, education, and/or communication that respects and integrates local ways of knowing.

  • Career Information Session - USDA Forest Service - March 27

    Jesse McDicken with the USDA Forest Service returns to campus to discuss hiring for student internships and recent grad positions.

  • I Star (campus tour guide; Summer 2023), UIUC (due Mar. 20)

    Do you love UIUC? Apply to be an I STAR!

    I STARs share their love for UIUC and knowledge of campus by leading campus tours and events for prospective students and their families. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and strongly encourage applications from individuals who possess and promote these values. I STARs assist our office with hosting 40,000+ visitors to campus yearly.

  • Urbana Park District Job Fair

    PART TIME JOB FAIR - Urbana Park District

    Thursday, March 9, 2023

    5 to 6:30pm

    Phillips Recreation Center, Urbana IL

  • Learn about careers working as an educator at a museum, conservancy or nature preserve March 10

    Learn about careers working as an educator at a museum, conservancy or nature preserve (March 10).

  • Avian Field Technician (Hourly) (May-Oct. 2023), Illinois Natural History Survey (Chicagoland area or Champaign, IL; open until filled)

    The Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking a field technician to assist with ongoing bird and plant-related research.

  • Job Fair - American Fisheries Society Student Subunit of UIUC - March 1

    The UIUC AFS student subunit will be hosting a job fair event in which participating UIUC faculty and graduate students will present their current research programs and upcoming undergraduate job/internship openings.

  • RAY Conservation Fellows and RAY Clean Energy Fellows (2-year paid fellowship; due Mar. 27)

    Inspired by efforts to uplift BIPOC professionals in environmentally-related sectors, the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Fellowship Program supports two cohorts of Fellows per year: RAY Conservation Fellows and RAY Clean Energy Fellows. The RAY Fellowship Program aims to increase and facilitate conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy-related career pathways for emerging leaders of color. The RAY Fellowship Program is a two-year paid fellowship designed to equip recent college graduates with the tools, experiences, support, and community they need to become leaders in the conservation and clean energy sectors—one that, in our visions of the future, fully represents, includes, and is led by the diverse communities, perspectives, and experiences of the United States.

  • Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist Internship (summer 2023), Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever (9 positions in Missouri; due March 3)

    Applicants will work in a joint capacity with USDA NaturalResources Conservation Service (NRCS), Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), Quail Forever(QF) and other partners to assist in the implementation of Farm Bill and other related wildlifeconservation programs.

  • Illinois Organic Internship (summer 2023), NRES Soil Ecology Lab (Urbana, IL; due Feb. 28)

    Are you curious about conducting research in environmental science? The Soil Ecology Labis hiring students interested in research experiences and in learning about modern organicfood production, soil health, and corn breeding techniques for regenerative systems.

  • Amphibian Research Internship (Paid + Housing) (June 2023 start), Memphis Zoo (Memphis, TN; due Feb. 28)

    The Amphibian Research Intern will work under the supervision of Dr. Sinlan Poo. The intern will learn a variety of field and laboratory techniques, such as visual encounter surveys, field sampling, night surveys, amphibian husbandry, captive breeding, amphibian development, morphology assessments, and parasite identification. Interns will learn about research design and the scientific method, and will have the opportunity to interact with researchers and external collaborators from Arkansas State University. Please visit to learn more about the research in the Amphibian Lab. To apply for this position, a valid driver's license and the ability to bring your own vehicle (to travel to/from field sites) is required.

  • Davey Resource Group Career Information Session February 14

    Join us to learn about job opportunities (full time, summer jobs, internships, job shadowing and ride-alongs) at Davey Resource Group with a focus on the Consulting Utility Forester position.

  • Internships (Academic Year 2023-2024), Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) (UIUC campus; due March 16)

    The Illinois Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) is hiring interns for the academic year of 23-24 and Fall 23 semester.