Internship Postings

Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii:

Big Island Farms would like to invite you to join our upcoming Hawaii internship programs, here on our organic permaculture farm.

We currently have 3 spaces for our Summer 2018 Internships! Big Island Farms is located on the tropical Hamakua coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, five miles from the breathtaking Waipio Valley and historic Honokaa Town. The quaint but thriving local community is interconnected with 10 of the world’s 13 available microclimates ranging from vibrant jungle to arid desert tundra. This ancient and sacred island lends Big Island Farms a culturally and biologically rich and diverse environment. Boasting the tallest mountain “Mauna Kea”, the world's most active volcano, “Kilauea” and the largest mountain “Mauna Loa” (in cubic feet), the Big Island of Hawaii is a treasure of geological extremes like nowhere else on Earth. During our internship program students gets to exprience and study most of the micro climates available on this island.

Come be an active participant in a progressive learning environment and expand your horizons through the Big Island Farms Internship Program! We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2018 and beyond. Internship spots are limited, hurry to APPLY NOW.

Check out our website to see full program details

Please email us at for details.


KC Healthy Kids has openings for interns who want to help us make Kansas City a healthier place for everyone. We don't just offer real world experience, but also a chance to build your professional network through the incredible organizations we regularly partner with. Communications positions can be tailored to fit your skills, areas of interest and learning objectives. 


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The Pantanal Wildlife Program “Bichos do Pantanal” in Brazil is a Sustainable Development program in partnership with the University of Kansas.  This program is seeking volunteers to be in Brazil from May 15 to June 15, 2018.

Specifically, they are seeking Environmental Research writers/collaborators for scientific articles, that can work with population data from 2 years of monthly population species lists of birds and mammals etc. occurring in the research area.  We have geo-located photos of some 72 different jaguars, and are following individual giant otters in family groups.  

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APPLYContact Douglas Trent, a KU Graduate 1975 and direct of this program in Brazil.  Vonage USA number: 505 216-9696  Brazilian Cell: 31 99134-3833 (WhatsApp as well)

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Wakarusa Valley Museum Staff Internship

The museum is located at Clinton Lake! The position is part-time, 8 hours per week, May through October. Responsibilities include staffing the museum during open hours, greeting and assisting visitors, answering telephone, handle sales and memberships, light cleaning of museum and grounds. For more information, contact:

Environmental Hygiene Intern

Job Responsibilities:

The Environmental Hygiene Intern is a full-time internship that will last up to 12 months, as business need determines. The position will require enrollment in a graduate program in either industrial or occupational hygiene and/or environmental science or public health. 

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Enrollment in a graduate program in either environmental science or public health, and/or industrial or occupational hygiene
  • Familiarity with the evaluation of a variety of environments for the presence of contaminants of chemical, biological or physical nature essential to complete the requirements of position
  • Effective interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Time management and organization skills
  • Document assessment information in data base and PCI

Full-time, day shift. 


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The Kansas Water Office is seeking an Environmental Science intern to contribute and update geodatabases for managing best management project data, resulting in better targeting of BMP projects. 

You will work closely with the water resource planners with the following general projects: 
  • Conduct assessment using ArcGIS software to identify high priority management areas 
  • Compile, evaluate, analyze and validate data in the best management practices database to ensure accuracy and completeness 
  • Edit geodatabases and shapefiles, create and edit annotation and labeling, setup of applicable attribute information, and manipulation of layered information 
  • Other projects as assigned 
Successful candidates will come to the role with a strong background in geography, environmental science, or geology:
  • Strong computer proficiency, especially with ArcGIS (10.3) and Microsoft Office Suite applications 
  • Ability to work independently 
  • Strong organizational skills and high attention to detail 
Duration: Summer 2018. Dates are flexible to accommodate start and end of semesters. 
Hours: Approximately 30 hours per week. Schedule is negotiable. 
Compensation: Internship position is compensated. Internship may be eligible for college credits. 
To Apply: Submit resume to Katie Goff at


Lakeside Nature Center, located in the heart of Swope Park in Kansas City Missouri, is offering 2018 summer internships.  Our facility is dedicated to educating our community about the local native flora and fauna, how to protect and conserve it and maintains a high volume rehabilitation center. 

Our internships are unpaid but provide an amazingly unique hands on experience.  Interns help the staff and volunteers handle the increased summer intake of injured and orphaned wildlife into the rehabilitation center.  You will be assisting in baby feedings, restraint, wound care and bandaging, medication administration and normal day to day husbandry.  We receive approximately 3700 animals annually in the hospital, so it is  and incredible opportunity to work with various species up close!

Internships are usually a 3 day commitment with at least one weekend day (Saturday or Sunday).  We are flexible with your weekday and will work with your summer schedule.

If interested contact: Kimberly Hess, Director at (816) 513-8965 or

Interns have broad responsibilities: Editing, proofreading, contract preparation, fact-checking, social media, library maintenance, online posting, etc. You will get to do cool, creative work, but our interns also perform basic, clerical work.

We pay minimum wage ($7.25 per hour).

Interns typically work between 12 hours and 28 hours per week.

All internships are onsite in our Topeka, Kansas, office.

We accept interns for each semester (fall, spring and summer). You may apply anytime, but for priority consideration, please apply by the following deadlines:

Fall: June 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: March 1

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and at least one writing sample to:

Mother Earth News
1503 SW 42nd St.
Topeka, KS 66609-1265
Or fax cover letter and resume to:
(785) 274-4305, Attn: Mother Earth News

Apply for the 2018-19 Program at!

Participants will learn grassroots organizing skills from some of the top practitioners in the country while working on three to five different campaigns such as retiring dirty coal-fired power plants, protecting our drinking water, improving our food system and building the campus fossil fuel divestment movement. 

We're the field for Environmental Organizing

Are you passionate about the environment? Are you ready to learn how to run campaigns to help solve the climate crisis or save our last wild places? We offer a year-long, paid training program that will prepare you for a career in environmental organizing. Here’s how it works:

Part One: Classroom Training

The Green Corps program starts by putting you in an intensive two-week classroom training. You hear not only from our own staff and alumni, but also from such environmental organizers and leaders as Bill McKibben of and Jane Kleeb of Bold Nebraska, a leader in the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline.

Through instruction and practice, our staff and trainers present overviews on the biggest issues facing our environment and case studies on defining campaigns. You’ll also learn and practice a variety of valuable skills, both in the classroom and in a campaign, with immediate personal feedback from our trainers. You’ll learn volunteer recruitment, campaign planning, public speaking, fundraising and much more.

Part Two: Field Training on Real Campaigns

Green Corps organizers receive the bulk of their training through hands-on experience working on behalf of organizations such as The Wilderness Society and Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. Organizers will use the skills they learn in their classroom training to work on some of the most pressing issues of the day. Their responsibilities will include recruiting, training and supervising volunteers, planning and running visibility events, securing media coverage, and building strong coalitions.

Over the course of the year, Green Corps organizers lead three to five different campaigns in communities across the country. By working with several different campaign partners, organizers experience a diversity of issues, tactics and organizations. Green Corps organizers travel to different cities for campaigns, allowing them to work in different communities and constituencies.

For example, last year a team of four organizers worked on behalf of The Wilderness Society in Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia to defend bedrock conservation laws from being repealed. These organizers recruited more than 550 individuals to events for the campaign and developed more than 40 committed volunteers to continue the work going forward. Another Green Corps team worked with Bold Alliance (an offshoot of Bold Nebraska) to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline. The team mobilized hundreds of people to march in a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, near the path of the pipeline.

Part Three: Launch Your Career

After completing the training program, Green Corps connects graduates to groups looking to hire full-time staff. Our alumni now work with organizations such as Environment America, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Corporate Accountability International, Rainforest Action Network, National Wildlife Federation,, and NRDC, among others. Due to Green Corps’ rigorous training program and the great need for trained organizers in many social change organizations, Green Corps organizers are often able to find professional positions immediately after completing the program.

Location and Compensation

The target annual compensation for this position is $26,500. Green Corps offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

We take into consideration location preferences as well as people's skill sets to see where organizers will make the biggest impact and receive the best training experience.

Things To Know When You Apply

Green Corps is part of The Public Interest Network — a group of organizations that share a vision of a better future, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to making positive change. Click here for things you should know about our network when you apply.

Green Corps is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.

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Cromwell Environmental is seeking an intern to work with their environmental services and solar energy divisions!

Hours: 10 hrs/week, flexible

To apply: Send your resume and cover letter to Clint Idol, Director of Environmental Services at


  • General office duties
  • Filing/phones
  • Additional duties required as needed


  • Basic computer skills including familiarity with Microsoft Office programs
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
  • Excellent customer service skills required
  • Thrive in a team environment 
  • Passionate interest in solar energy and environmental health


  • $9/hr
  • Work hour flexibility perfect for students
  • Great resume builder
  • Career path opportunities
  • Being a part of an amazing and growing industry that is making a difference

Learn more​ 

Past Internship Opportunities 

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Zoo Horticulture Internship - Topeka, KS


If you are pursuing a college degree or are a recent graduate and love working with plants, the Topeka Zoo’s Horticulture Department is offering an exciting summer internship! The Topeka Zoo sits on an immaculate 49 acres of landscaping, including 15 pollinator gardens, a butterfly pavilion, and a tropical rainforest. Interns will aid the Horticulture Department in the upkeep of the general landscape and will work with hanging baskets, planters, annual and perennial beds, browse, compost, and more. This internship offers many fun perks, including the opportunity to work with the zoo’s three beehives! Throughout their time here, interns will be required to evaluate, design, and present a landscape project working with the zoo’s senior horticulturalist. 

Internships are unpaid and require a flexible 30 hours per week with an 11-week commitment beginning Monday, May 21st and ending Friday, August 3rd. Interns will need to provide their own accommodations and transportation. While the zoo does not pay for accommodations, we do have partnerships with a few local housing agencies that offer affordable living for our interns. Feel free to contact the phone number below with any questions regarding housing or other internship information. Applications are due on April 9th, 2018. 


QUALIFICATIONS: No previous horticulture experience is required; however, candidates must have a passion for working with plants. Candidates must be enrolled in or graduated from a college or university, pursuing a horticulture, botany, or science-related degree. They must be self-motivated, reliable, prompt, able to work in all weather conditions, and have strong attention-to-detail skills. Additionally, it is important that candidates are able to work well both independently and in a team. A negative TB test must also be provided.

Application Deadline: March 18, 2018
Position: Part-time, Unpaid
Timeframe: 05/21/18 — 08/06/18
APPLY: To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Ms. Rachael Rost at For questions regarding this internship, please call 785-368-9137.

Westar Energy is seeking an Environmental Services intern this year!

LOCATION: Topeka General Office, Topeka, KS
PAY RANGE: $17.00 - $20.00 per hour
Scheduled Work Hours:  Monday - Friday, flexible hours
Summary of Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 
The Environmental Services Intern supports the Corporate-level Environmental Services Department in the implementation of environmental stewardship, conservation, compliance, and education initiatives.  Specifically, the selected candidate will support the Biology and Conservation Program in areas of project planning and implementation, land or wildlife management, sensitive species habitat assessment, recycling, business sustainability initiatives, volunteer coordination, and community engagement activities.
The selected candidate may also support the department in compliance related initiatives. Environmental programs may include wastewater treatment and permitting, coal combustion waste handling and disposal, distribution power delivery support, air permitting and compliance, industrial hygiene, and conservation. Miscellaneous duties for other programs may be assigned as required.
Education and Experience Requirements:
A student actively pursuing a Bachelor’s or Masters degree in engineering, environmental studies, life science or other related field.  A sophomore, junior, senior or graduate level student with Microsoft or equivalent software skills is preferred.
Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities Required:
Must be comfortable with computers and new technology and have working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.  Must be professional, dependable, self-motivated and have excellent organizational and problem solving skills.  Must be able to communicate effectively with program managers, co-workers and other required contacts.  
Licenses, Certifications, Bonding, and/or Testing Required:
Must possess a valid driver’s license.
Working Conditions:
The work environment will be both office and occasional fieldwork.  Must have excellent work record including good attendance and good safety record.
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paid summer internship is available for a student to assist with field and office work at the KDHE Northeast District Office (NEDO) in Lawrence. The NEDO covers a 17 county region (see ). The intern will conduct harmful algae bloom (HAB) sampling and complete environmental regulatory inspections of small wastewater systems.

Dates of employment are flexible, but could extend from mid-late May through August. The intern may work up to 32 hours/week, and must be available to work on Mondays and Tuesdays when all HAB sampling is performed. The intern may make one or two overnight trips to another KDHE district office for training. The position is temporary and is not benefits eligible. A vehicle is provided for field work. 

Job Duties

The intern will be trained to perform a variety of duties following, including:

  • Collect surface water samples for HAB investigations or other field investigations, including photo-documentation of field conditions and documenting field observations.  Standard protocols will be followed for completing the paperwork, sample collection and submitting the samples.  A statewide database will be used to view the sampling sites and provide updates on status of communication of the sampling results to lake managers. 
  • Conduct regulatory compliance inspections of wastewater lagoons or other types of wastewater treatment facilities. During inspections document facility conditions and determine if the facility’s permit conditions are being met. Complete inspection reports including photo logs and facility diagrams as appropriate, and prepare correspondence to facility operators identifying any violations or deficiencies observed and required corrective actions. Submit draft reports and correspondence to the supervisors for review and approval.  

Preferred Skills

A senior or graduate student with some field sampling experience and a background in environmental science or environmental engineering. The intern will have strong oral/written communication and time management skills.

If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to Julie Coleman, NEDO Environmental Administrator, by March 1, 2018, or by mail to KDHE Northeast District Office, 800 W 24th Street, Lawrence, Ks 66046

Interested students with questions may also contact Julie Coleman or Helen Holm at 785-842-4600.

Summer 2018 Intern: Advanced Computing for Earth Sciences (ACES)--sponsored by the University of Virginia Advanced Research Computing Services (ARCS) group, NASA, and UVA's Department of Environmental Sciences--is an exciting opportunity for students interested in computational modeling for atmospheric, ocean, climate, geophysical, and other Earth sciences.

Students enrolled in the ACES program acquire hands-on application computing experience as well as training in the essentials of software engineering and high-performance computing. 

A total of 20 students will be selected to attend the summer school on Grounds at the University of Virginia. They will then be placed in 8-week paid internship programs at various NASA research centers across the country. Some previous programming experience is helpful but is not required. Students with advanced computer science skills who are interested in applications for Earth sciences are also encouraged to apply.

Those admitted to the summer school will be provided with housing, two meals per day during the work week, and a generous stipend for all other meals. Travel expenses are covered within reason. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. We accept graduate students and undergraduates who will be completing their third or fourth years of study.

Important Dates for ACES 2018:
Application Deadline: March 1
Summer School: May 30-June 15
Internships: June 18-August 10
APPLY TODAY! (Search "Advanced Computing for Earth Sciences")

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Intern with the Student Conservation Association and participate in refugee management activities from January 22nd to July 8th!

Details: The Biological Science (Invasive Species Control) Intern will be working in Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge. Duties will involve habitat management, visitor services and urban outreach.  These duties may include developing visitor interpretation materials, trail maintenance, interacting with partner organizations in Kansas City, assisting with urban after-school conservation programs, conducting biological surveys on flora and fauna, invasive species control, forest inventory monitoring, collecting and dispersing native seed, assisting with prescribed fire projects, and collecting and organizing field data using standardized data collection procedures, equipment and software.  The Intern will also operate handtools, powertools, farm tractors with implements, lawn maintenance equipment, ATVs and UTVs, and 4-wheel drive pick-ups; work independently and/or as a team member with Refuge staff; other duties as assigned. Field work is heavily involved, and requires considerable standing, bending, kneeling, walking, reaching, climbing, and physical exertion. Lifting, and carrying, materials and containers in excess of 25 pounds during performance of assigned duties are expected.

Qualifications: Coursework in biology, communications, forestry, resource management, leadership, community engagement, plant ID, public speaking, ATVs.

Operational training will be provided as needed. 

Learn more and apply.

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Summer Laboratory Intern


  • Performs both unusual and routine physical, chemical, biological, and microbiological analyses of water and a variety of related materials following specific procedures.
  • Recognizes potential or actual problems which may occur in an analytical procedure; applies known procedures or confers with other to find solutions.
  • Sets up, calibrates, operates, performs, and keeps records of routine maintenance on a variety of complex laboratory equipment and instruments.
  • Collects, receives, extracts, and digests, a variety of samples; prepares field and sample control documentation and submits / receives samples for analysis; may plan short-term project sampling programs.
  • Assists chemists & microbiologists in performing research and experiments to solve problems; may perform specialized research assignments on well defined projects.
  • Compiles and records data for a variety of logs, reports, and records, performing calculations as required; performs peer data review to ensure accuracy of calculations and records prepared by others; recommends modifications to procedures and forms; enters results of analyses into the laboratory information management system (LIMS) and produces reports.
  • Prepares standard and uncommon chemical solutions, reagents, stains, and bacteriological media.
  • Conducts various field screening assays, routine and advanced.
  • Maintains proper QA/QC records and documentation; assists with implementation of QA/QC programs.
  • Observes standard safety precautions related to the work; maintains proper quality assurance techniques in performing analytical work.
  • Maintains an inventory of laboratory equipment and supplies according to predetermined levels; Assists with ordering, receiving, and maintaining an adequate supply of chemicals, supplies and replacement laboratory equipment.
  • Helps prepare material for shipping, including materials being returned to vendors. Assists with receipt of materials, inspecting materials for damage, checking for correct amount shipped, and storing material appropriately.
  • Assists with managing materials stock levels in Laboratory central storage areas.
  • Confers with other WaterOne employees, representatives of governmental or other organizations, and consumers of WaterOne water, and others on matters relating to the work.
  • Performs all duties pertaining to all hazardous waste operations in accordance with all applicable requirements.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Experience in an environmental laboratory is preferred. Experience in Chemistry, Biology, or Environmental Science may be substituted for environmental laboratory experience.
  • Knowledge of standard methods for the analysis of water samples, standard laboratory equipment and its uses; statistical analyses, and laboratory safety practices.
  • Ability to adapt analytical methods and equipment to obtain accurate test results; setting up, using, and calibrating complex analytical instruments.
  • Demonstrated ability in making accurate calculations; keeping accurate records; making clear and concise reports; preparing media and reagents to exact specifications and performing standard laboratory support work.
  • Ability to read and interpret technical operations manuals.
  • Skill in analyzing complex problems, interpreting laboratory and plant operating data, data mining, report generation, reaching sound conclusions, and making appropriate recommendations.
  • Must have experience with or have the ability to learn and apply all applicable requirements pertaining to hazardous waste operations.
  • Proficient with the Microsoft Office suite of programs including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Requires very good oral and written communication skills. Must be a good listener.Requires good interpersonal skills, strong oral and written communications skills, and good listening skills.
  • Ability to work individually or in a team setting; ability to work effectively with the public.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and continuously meet WaterOne driving standards.
  • Must pass post offer medical exam, including drug screen and background verification (may not apply to current employees). 


  • Must be able to move or transport items weighing up to 75 lbs. (with assistance) occasionally; up to 10 lbs. frequently.
  • Must be able to frequently position self to collect samples, use equipment, and perform analyses.
  • Must be able to use a computer for up to several hours a day.
  • Must be able to use office productivity equipment such as a calculator, printer, and copy machine.
  • Must be able to move from one location to another frequently.
  • Must be able to operate a vehicle.
  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position for up to several hours a day.
  • Must be able to distinguish colors.
  • Must be able to meet qualifications for using air purifying and air supplied respiratory protection.
  • Must be able to work outside periodically in a variety of weather conditions.


2018 Ted Smith Conservation Internship Program

Intern Positions:

  1. Alaska Center Education Fund – Organizer Intern
  2. Alaska Community Action on Toxics – Environmental & Community Health Researcher/Advocate
  3. Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association – Conservation Advocacy & Outreach Specialist
  4. Alaska Marine Conservation Council – Fisheries Conservation Intern
  5. Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies – Naturalist Intern
  6. Cook Inletkeeper - Wild Salmon and Climate Change Intern
  7. Discovery Southeast – Youth Outdoor Educator
  8. Kenai Watershed Forum – Stream Watch Intern
  9. Sitka Conservation Society – Environmental Communications & Eco Advocacy Intern
  10. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council – Outreach & Online Engagement Intern

Deadline is February 9th.

Learn more and apply.

Climate & Energy Project Internships: Spring 2018


Interested in gaining experience with filming livestreamed interviews? Are you passionate about Kansas environmental issues and civic engagement?

We are looking for an intern that is available from 1-4pm on Tuesdays, starting mid-January through the end of March 2018. This position will help with all aspects of CEP LIVE on Facebook: WEALTH Policy Priorities, Civic Engagement, & YOU! Interviews on Tuesday at 2.  Tasks will include: setting up recording equipment, filming the interviews, and monitoring questions on Facebook. Other tasks include helping advertise CEP LIVE on Facebook and drafting summaries of interviews.

Must have reliable transportation. The interviews will be conducted at the Lawrence Public Library and occasionally at the Statehouse in Topeka.

Film, journalism, environmental studies, political science, and communications majors are encouraged to apply.

CEP Legislative Intern

Passionate about Kansas environmental issues, alternative energy, and Kansas legislation?

Gain experience by attending Energy Committee meetings at the Statehouse in Topeka, write summaries of discussions, share social media posts, and help with research on current legislation and energy dockets.

Political science, marketing,  communications, environmental science majors and law students, are encouraged to apply.

Learn More

To apply: please email your cover letter, resume, and availability to Jamie Hofling at

Climate & Energy Project Internships: Spring 2018

Legislature: Attend Energy Committee meetings at the Kansas statehouse, write summaries of the discussions for advocacy groups, blogs, and social media posts. Research specific documents as needed, help further engage people in the renewable energy and energy efficiency discussion.  

Communications: Assist with CEP's outreach efforts. Help with social media, blogs, website, flyers and other marketing materials. Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions, and tools for marketing and communications.

Event Management: Work with CEP staff to plan and execute all logistical items for events, promotion, day of event logistics, and post event evaluation.

Specific Projects:

Health Equity: Review the WEALTH program webpage. This is a great opportunity for a student to engage with Kansas environmental leaders and perform focused work in public outreach, public health, and climate justice.

Clean Energy Business Council: Review the Clean Energy Business Council webpage. Assist in coordinating events, updating and creating website resources, and identifying creative ways to further CEBC’s mission.

Apply: Email your resume, cover letter, and indicate any particular project and/or assignments you would like to be a part of to Jamie Hofling at 

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 Developing and setting up displays

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