Internship Postings

Use the table below to search for internships by company, compensation, location, or by key words in positions and topics. Topics are generally sorted based on what learning pathways they correspond with, but also include some which the learning pathways do not cover completely. Some internships are offered year-round while others are available only as needed by the hiring organization.

Position Company Major topics Paid Location
Gerhardt Internship 1000 Friends of Oregon environmental policy, land use and planning Yes OR - Portland
Conservation Intern Alaska Conservation Foundation conservation science Yes AK
Intern in digital marketing, editorial, marketing and development, and multimedia American Forests environmental policy, land use and planning No DC - Washington
Intern in development, communications, data American Rivers communications, development, water and soil resources No DC - Washington
Farmers and Farm Managers Amir Project environmental justice, food and agriculture Yes Various
Intern Aspen Institute, The environmental policy Yes DC - Washington
Intern in Education or Resources Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education sustainable development Yes Various
Intern in education, GIS, restoration and communication Audubon Society conservation science, environmental education, geospatial analysis Varies Various
Intern in policy, operations, communications, events, development, and more Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia environmental policy, land use and planning No PA - Philadelphia
Intern Big Island Farms conservation science, food and agriculture, water and soil resources; programs in biology, organic agriculture, farm to table, and outdoor recreation No HI
Watershed Education Assistant Blue River Watershed Association conservation science, environmental education, water and soil resources Yes MO - Kansas City
Intern in business recycling, Heartland Tree Alliance, and volunteer management Bridging the Gap geospatial analysis, land use and planning No MO - Kansas City
Intern in environmental science, geology Burns and McDonnell conservation science, geospatial analysis, land use and planning, water and soil resources Unknown MO - Kansas City
Summer Camp Staff Camp Zanika Lache conservation science, environmental education Unknown WA -Leavenworth
Intern in ecosystem and community ecology, and prescribed burns Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve climate change science, conservation science, water and soil resources Yes MN - East Bethel
Intern, Seasonal employees Chicago Botanic Garden conservation science, environmental education, environmental humanities, food and agriculture Unknown IL - Chicago
IT Intern City of Columbia geospatial analysis, land use and planning Unknown MO - Columbia
Intern in transportation planning City of Lawrence, KS geospatial analysis, land use and planning Yes KS - Lawrence
Intern in stormwater and horticulture City of Overland Park, KS conservation science, water and soil resources Yes KS - Overland Park
Intern CleanAirNow environmental policy, environmental justice, geospatial analysis No KS - Lawrence
Intern Climate and Energy Project climate change science, environmental policy, environmental justice, environmental security, renewable energy No KS
Intern Committee in Solidary with the People of El Salvador environmental policy, environmental justice, indigenous studies Unknown DC - Washington
Intern, Summer VISTA Associate Community Housing of Wyandotte County environmental justice, food and agriculture Varies KS - Kansas City
Innovation Agronomy or Chemistry Intern Compass Minerals biogeochemistry, food and agriculture, water and soil resources Unknown KS - Overland Park
Intern Conservation International communications, environmental policy, environmental justice, geospatial analysis, indigenous studies, land use and planning Varies Various
Intern in research or policy Cornucopia Institute environmental policy, food and agriculture No WI - Cornucopia
Intern Crees Foundation conservation science, sustainable development, water and soil resources No Int'l - Peru
Intern Cromwell Environmental sustainable development, toxics and pollution Yes KS - Lawrence
Intern Cromwell Solar climate change science, sustainable development Yes KS - Lawrence
Interpretive naturalist intern Dunes Learning Center environmental education, environmental humanities Yes IN - Chesterton
Intern E&A Consulting Group conservation science, geospatial analysis, land use and planning, water and soil resources Unknown NE
Residential Summer Intern or Internship Coordinator Eagle Eye Institute conservation science, environmental education, food and agriculture Yes MA - Peru
Intern in communications, editorial, graphic design, policy and legislation Earthjustice communications, environmental policy, environmental justice Varies Various
Intern in citizen science, development, business operations, research Earthwatch Institute climate change science, conservation science, water and soil resources No MA - Boston
Intern in agriculture or appropriate technology ECHO food and agriculture; reglious organization Unknown FL - North Fort Myers
Intern in media, organizing, events Environment America climate change science, conservation science, environmental policy, water and soil resources Unknown Various
Intern Environmental Working Group (EWG) environmental justice, environmental policy, food and agriculture, toxics and pollution No Various
Associate Scientist Intern Environmental Works, Inc. environmental science, toxics and pollution/remediation, water and soil resources Unknown MO - Kansas City
Intern EPA - KC Field Office environmental policy, geospatial analysis; email for info No KS - Lenexa
GIS Services intern Esri geospatial analysis Unknown Various
Intern Friends of the Kaw conservation science, water and soil resources Unknown KS - Lawrence
Intern in marketing, organizing Global Exchange enivironmental justice, environmental policy No MA - Boston
AmeriCorps Intern, Research Associate Great Basin Institute, The conservation science, environmental education, geospatial analysis Yes Various - west US
Green Business Network Intern Green America environmental justice, environmental policy Yes DC - Washington
Agriculture Intern Heartland Farm food and agriculture; religious organization Yes KS - Rush County
Ecology, Conservation or Communications Intern Highstead Foundation communications, conservation science, geospatial analysis Yes MA - Redding
Forfar Field Station Intern International Field Studies conservation science, environmental education Yes Int'l - Bahamas
Intern Invenergy climate change science, renewable energy Unknown IL - Chicago
GIS Intern Johnson County Government geospatial analysis Yes KS - Olathe
Pollution Prevention Intern K-State Pollution Prevention Institute sustainable business, toxics and pollution Yes KS - Manhattan
Undergraduate Assistant, Intern Kansas Biological Survey conservation science, food and agriculture, water and soil resources Yes KS - Lawrence
Intern Kansas Dept of Agriculture conservation science, environmental policy, food and agriculture, land use and planning, water and soil resources Unknown KS - Various
Intern, Associate Kansas Dept of Health and Environment conservation science, environmental policy, public health, toxics and pollution, water and soil resources Unknown KS - Various
Seasonal Ecology Technician Kansas Dept of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism conservation science Yes KS - Varous
Intern Kansas Land Trust conservation science, environmental policy, land use and planning Yes KS - Lawrence
Apprentice Kansas Permaculture Institute conservation science, food and agriculture Unknown KS
Intern Kansas State Legislature environmental policy Yes KS - Topeka
Intern Kansas Water Office geospatial analysis, water and soil resources Unknown KS
Intern in communications, graphic design KC Healthy Kids environmental justice, food and agriculture, communications, graphic design No KS - Kansas City
Intern Lakeside Nature Center animal care, conservation science, environmental education No MO - Kansas City
Intern Land Institute, The conservation science, food and agriculture Yes KS - Salina
Intern Lawrence - Douglas County Health Department environmental justice, environmental policy Unknown KS - Lawrence
Volunteer Literacy for Environmental Justice conservation science, environmental education, environmental justice No CA - San Francisco
Intern in event planning, emergency response Louisiana Bucket Brigade environmental justice, toxics and pollution Unknown LA - New Orleans
Intern in aquariam, natural science museum, marketing/development, education Maria Mitchell Association environmental education, environmental humanities, marine science Yes MA - Nantucket
Environmental Planning Intern Mid-American Regional Council environmental policy, land use and planning Yes MO - Kansas City
Temporary Technician, Aide Missouri Dept of Conservation conservation science, environmental education Varies MO - Varies
Seasonal Field Technician Monarch Joint Venture conservation science, geospatial analysis Yes MN - St. Paul
Editorial Intern Mother Earth News environmental journalism, communications Yes KS - Topeka
Intern in plant science, native plants and natural land Mt. Cuba Center conservation science, geospatial analysis, land use and planning Yes DE - Hockessin
Intern in content or storytelling MySidewalk geospatial analysis, land use and planning Yes MO - Kansas City
Intern NASA climate change science, communications, geospatial analysis, land use and planning Varies Various
Researcher NASA DEVELOP Program geospatial analysis, environmental policy, land use and planning, water and soil resources Yes Various
Intern National Center for Science Education communication, environmental education, climate change science Yes CA - Oakland
Intern in communications, events National Council for Science and the Environment environmental policy No DC - Washington
Intern National Great Rivers Research and Education Centor conservation science, environmental humanities, environmental science, geospatial analysis, water and soil resources Yes Various - Midwest
Intern National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate change science, conservation science, environmental policy, environmental security Yes Various
Intern Native Medicinal Plant Research Garden botany, native plants, conservation science; contact or Dr. Kelly Kindscher for information Yes KS - Lawrence
Intern Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) communication, corporate sustainability, environmental justice, environmental policy, land use and planning, renewable energy, water and soil resources Yes Various
GLOBE Intern Nature Conservancy, The conservation science, environmental humanities, environmental justice, environmnetal policy, food and agriculture, geospatial analysis, land use and planning Yes Various
Intern or Fellow National Wildlife Federation climate chance science, conservation science, land use and planning, water and soil resources Varies Various
Intern in aquatic ecology, education and interpretation, water quality Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve conservation science, environmental education, water and soil resources Yes OH - Huron
Intern Olsson Associates geospatial analysis, land use and planning, water and soil resources Yes Various - Midwest
Intern in development, marketing One Percent for the Planet environmental policy No VT - Burlington
Intern in animal care Operation Wildlife conservation science No KS - Linwood
Intern Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | US Dept of Energy climate change science, environmental policy, environmental security Unknown Various
Intern Para la Tierra conservation science, environmental education, environmental humanities No Int'l - Paraguay
Intern in data and GIS Pioneer valley Planning Commission geospatial analysis, land use and planning Yes MA - Springfield
Intern Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) sustainable development, zero-waste Unknown Various
Intern in horticulture Powell Gardens food and agriculture Yes MO - Kansas City
Intern in communications, photo media, programs Rails to Trails Conservancy environmental justice, environmental policy, land use and planning No DC - Washington
Intern in urban farming, food access Regional Environmental Council environmental justice, food and agriculture No MA - Worchester
Intern Resources for the Future climate change science, conservation science, energy, environmental policy, geospatial analysis, water and soil resources Unknown DC - Washington
Intern in communications, development, research Rodale Institute environmental science, food and agriculture Yes PA - Kutztown
Intern School for Field Studies conservation science Yes Int'l - Costa Rica
Intern SCS Engineers toxics and pollution, water and soil resources Yes KS - Overland Park
Intern in communication, development, organizing Sierra Club conservation science, environmental justice, environmental policy Varies Various
Intern Sitka Center for Art and Ecology conservation science, environmental humanities Unknown OR - Otis
Intern Smithsonian Environmental Research Center conservation science, environmental humanities, water and soil resources Yes MD - Edgewater
Intern Smithsonian Institute climate change science, conservation science, environmental humanities, geospatial analysis, water and soil resources, animal care/science, horticulture Varies Various
Research Intern Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History conservation science, environmental humanities, botany, zoology, mineral science, paleobiology Yes DC - Washington
Intern Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute climate change science, geospatial analysis, water and soil resources Yes Int'l - Panama
Intern Sound Agriculture food and agriculture Yes Various - Midwest
Intern St. Louis Zoo conservation science, environmental education No MO - St. Louis
Horticulture Intern Starlight Theatre conservation science, plant biology Yes MO - Kansas City
Intern in security and energy, or energy, water and sustainability Stimson Center environmental policy, environmental security, water and soil resources No DC - Washington
Intern Tetra Tech, Inc geospatial analysis, water and soil resources Unknown Various
Intern Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.) environmental justice, indigenous studies Unknown TX - Houston
Intern The City Podcast environmental journalism/communication, environmental justice, land use and planning Yes IL - Chicago
Intern Thermal Energy Partners renewable energy, sustainable development Yes TX - Austin
Qualtiy Control Intern Thermo Fisher Scientific biology, environmental science Yes MO - Kansas City
Intern Topeka Zoo conservation science, environmental education No KS - Topeka
Intern Trees for Life environmental justice, indigenous studies Varies KS - Wichita
Congressional Intern Udall Foundation environmental policy, indigenous studies Yes DC - Washington
Intern in translation, transcription United Farm Workers environmental justice, food and agriculture Unknown Various
Doris Duke Conservation Scholar University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability conservation science, environmental science Yes MI - Ann Arbor
Apprentice Urbavore Farm food and agriculture, urban farming Yes MO - Kansas City
Intern, Fellow US Botanic Garden conservation science Yes DC - Washington
Sustainability Intern Valmont Industries corporate sustainability, sustainable development Yes NE - Valley
Intern VHB geospatial analysis, land use and planning, water and soil resources Yes Various
Intern WaterOne geospatial analysis, water and soil resources Yes KS - Lenexa
Intern WE ACT for Environmental Justice environmental justice, environmental policy Unknown NY - Harlem
Intern Wilderness Society climate change science, conservation science, environmental justice, environmental policy, geospatial analysis, indigenous studies, land use and planning Yes Various
Resident Intern Wildife in Crisis conservation science No CT
Intern Wildlife Science Center conservation science No MN - Stacy
Naturalist Intern Wildlands Conservancy conservation science, environmental education No PA - Emmaus
Intern Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center conservation science, environmental education, food and agriculture Yes MN - Finland
Intern Wolves & Moose of Isle Royale conservation science Yes MI - Lake Superior
GIS Intern Wood Environmental and Infrastructure Solutions geospatial analysis, renewable energy Yes KS - Topeka
Intern World Resources Institute climate change science, environmental policy, food and agriculture, sustainable development, water and soil resources Yes Various
Corporate partnerships, lobbying, research interns World Wildlife Fund climate change science, conservation cience, environmental policy, food and agriculture, land use and planning, water and soil resources Varies DC - Washington

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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. 



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")

Questions? Contact

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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