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  • 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. 

  • Research and Publications Intern (Summer 2023), Environmental Law Institute (Washington, DC; due Mar. 1)

    ELI is hiring interns to support the research and publications departments of the Institute. Interns work directly with staff attorneys, editors, scientists, and economists on a variety of projects. Substantive areas of focus in domestic and international policy and law include: climate change, land use, biodiversity, air quality, public health, hazardous waste and brownfields, wetlands and watersheds, armed conflict and the environment, environmental management systems, public participation, environmental justice, Indigenous issues, and environmental enforcement.

  • V3 Companies Information Session February 22

    V3 Companies representatives with their Ecological Restoration group will discuss full-time and summer job opportunities. The target audience is individuals who are interested in Forestry, Natural Resources, or Ecological Restoration. V3 Companies is located in Woodridge, IL, but also have an office in Villa Park, IL. 

  • NASA DEVELOP National Program paid research internships (summer 2023), in-person and remote positions available (due Feb. 24)

    NASA DEVELOP projects focus on helping local, national, and international communities address their environmental concerns while utilizing NASA's Earth observing fleet of satellites. This is a great opportunity for participants who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science. Participants will work with NASA scientists, partner organizations, and science advisors to learn about the use of NASA Earth science data for use in water resources, disaster management, ecological forecasting, and other applications to address environmental community concerns.

    Information webinars February 8 and 9. View the article for details.

  • Naturalist Intern, Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center (Kirkwood, MO; due Mar. 24)

    The Missouri department of Conservation are hiring a Naturalist Intern in Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center. 

  • Peace Corps Internship Program Summer Semester (Washington, DC; due Feb. 24)

    This position is established as a Student Trainee at Peace Corps headquarters, Washington DC. This position description may be utilized by an office within Peace Corps to participate in the Agency internship program. The trainee will perform a variety of professional and technical duties designed to increasingly develop and apply knowledge of generally accepted principles, concepts and practices of the occupation relevant to the area of study of the trainee's enrolled educational program.

  • EPA Internship for Regulation of Stormwater and Promotion of Integrated Planning and Permitting, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (Philadelphia, PA; open until filled)

    EPA Region 3 is striving to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment loads from stormwater operations to meet obligations under the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). One of the main sources of these pollutants to the Bay occurs as runoff from urban areas and impervious surfaces comes into contact with surface water.

  • Conservation Intern (summer 2023), Montana Conservation Corps (due Feb. 12)

    MCC’s Conservation Intern (CI) program makes a measurable difference in conservation efforts whilestrengthening the experience of young adults. CIs serve at partnering federal/state agencies, nonprofits,tribal offices, and other community-based conservation organizations across the region. The three-month AmeriCorps term of service extends from May - August and members gain insight into naturalresource-related fieldwork throughout Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and the Dakotas.

  • Conservation Fellow (May 17-Oct. 6, 2023), Montana Conservation Corps (due Feb. 12)

    MCC’s Conservation Fellow (CF) program makes a measurable difference in conservation efforts whilestrengthening the experience of young adults. CFs serve a five-month term of service from May –October at partnering federal/state agencies, nonprofits, tribal offices, and other community-basedconservation organizations across Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and the Dakotas. Projects include: climateresiliency, habitat restoration, rangeland science, soil monitoring, invasive species treatment, developedrecreation management, GIS mapping, stream and wetland restoration, cave and karst feature surveys,conservation education and outreach, volunteer management and more.

  • Environmental Education Intern (summer 2023), Aldo Leopold Nature Center (Monona, WI)

    The Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC) seeks adaptable, creative, and engaging environmentaleducators to teach summer camp programs from mid-June through the end of August. ALNC is anon-profit educational organization guided by Aldo Leopold’s land ethic, with a mission to engageand educate current and future generations, empowering them to respect, protect, and enjoy thenatural world. ALNC serves more than 50,000 children, teachers, members, and families annuallythrough year-round programming that includes field trips, camps, a nature preschool, and publicand private events. 

  • Sustainable Student Farm Summer Internship, UIUC Crop Sciences (Urbana, IL)

    The farm internship gives students hands-on work experience at the farm and aims to teach our interns about the essential parts of vegetable production while thinking about sustainable farming at large. This internship will expand your horticultural skills and knowledge, developing applied skills in design, marketing, food handling, infrastructural maintenance and land stewardship.

  • Environmental Scientist Intern – Natural Resources (Indiana), Kaskaskia Engineering Group, LLC (Evansville, IN)

    KEG is seeking Environmental Scientist Interns responsible for performing tasks requiring the application of standard environmental techniques and procedures on a wide variety of transportation projects. The Interns will gain hands-on, meaningful work experience to enhance their education and professional aptitude. Our Interns gain exposure to real projects while working side by side with senior staff, gaining mentorship, networking opportunities and lifelong career connections. This internship will be located in the Evansville and Southern Indiana region.

  • Land Stewardship Intern (2 positions for summer 2023), Red-tail Land Conservancy (Muncie, IN; open until filled)

    The Land Steward Internship provides the opportunity to learn and gain experience usingbest conservation practices to maintain and manage the land, including but not limited tonatural resource inventory, management, monitoring/protection, invasive plant control,mapping, equipment maintenance, cleaning, and other duties. The position is physicallydemanding, requiring walking on uneven terrain in variable weather conditions, oftencarrying heavy equipment or supplies.

  • Summer 2023 Internships, Prairie Research Institute (Urbana-Champaign; due March 3)

    In collaboration with the Graduate College’s Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP), PRI is offering hands-on summer internships that will enable undergraduate students from populations underrepresented in graduate study at Illinois to explore careers in applied science. 

    There are opportunities in atmospheric science and climate; biologyecologyand environmental sciencesustainable energy; and water supply and safety.

  • Student Trainee (Range Management), USDA Forest Service (Globe or Roosevelt, AZ)

    The Tonto National Forest is planning to fill two Student Trainee, GS-0499-03/04/05 positions in our Rangeland Management program.  These are Pathway Indefinite Intern positions and may receive consideration for conversion upon graduation and completion of program requirements. 

    Outreach Notice replies accepted through February 3. Applications accepted February 15-27, 2023.

  • Community-Academic Scholars Program (summer 2023), UIUC Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute (due Feb. 6)

    Spend your summer conducting research that makes an impact on our local community through the Community-Academic Scholars Program. Selected students receive training, support, and a $4K stipend during the 10-week summer program.

  • Students Pushing INovation (SPIN) Internship Program (summer 2023), UIUC NCSA (Urbana, IL; due April 16)

    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.

  • Stewardship & Ecology of Natural Areas (SENA) Internship Program, Chicago Botanic Garden (Glencoe, IL; open until filled)

    Chicago Botanic Garden is launching a new internship program in 2023, recruiting 14 Ecological Restoration Technicians in five different roles with different start dates from late January to mid-May.

  • Field Technician (Seasonal), V3 Companies (Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area)

    V3 Companies is a multidisciplinary firm based in Woodridge, IL that provides professional engineering, construction, and science related services to clients in the Chicagoland region.  We have multiple openings for Field Technicians (Seasonal) this spring and summer.  It is a paid summer position and offers valuable field work experience for students interested in the biological sciences (biology, botany, ecology, forestry, zoology, aquatic ecology, etc.). 

  • Field and Laboratory Assistant (3 positions in summer 2023), Northwest Mosquito Abatement District (NWMAD) (Wheeling, IL)

    This job is an excellent opportunity for a student interested in biology, entomology or ecology to gain valuable skills in both field work and in the laboratory.

  • NGRREC/NSF REU Intern (summer 2023), National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (East Alton, IL; due Feb. 17)

    The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center invites highly motivated undergraduates who are interested in pursuing careers in the life sciences to apply to our 10-week "Wetlands in a Modern World" summer internship program.

  • Environmental Scientist Intern – Natural Resources (Indiana), Kaskaskia Engineering Group, LLC

    KEG is seeking Environmental Scientist Interns responsible for performing tasks requiring the application of standard environmental techniques and procedures on a wide variety of transportation projects. The Interns will gain hands-on, meaningful work experience to enhance their education and professional aptitude. Our Interns gain exposure to real projects while working side by side with senior staff, gaining mentorship, networking opportunities and lifelong career connections.