Internship Program:
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Internship Opportunities

The new WSU Arboretum & Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is an exciting project that requires the efforts of many dedicated people to help restore and develop the AWCC landscape, which is essentially an outdoor laboratory to support our science programs in teaching, research, and environmental education and sustainability.

We have several opportunities to pursue a paid summer internship with the AWCC on the WSU Pullman campus if you are interested in working outdoors on diverse land management activities (e.g., grassland restoration, mowing, weed control, tree management, tree planting, garden development, nature trail management and development) and also if you are interested in coordinating volunteer work projects in the arboretum.

We anticipate filling at least two paid, full-time summer intern positions, including one focusing on development and management of several new botanical gardens, and another focusing on diverse land management activities. Both positions are full-time, paid summer positions, offering the possibility of continuing to earn internship credit during the academic year under a formal internship program.

Students with a background and interests in horticulture, natural resources, land management, biology, wildlife ecology, and similar interests are encouraged to apply by sending us an email using the Contact link at the bottom of the web page.
Think Outside the Classroom

The AWCC Internship Program offers an opportunity to significantly enhance your academic experience at Washington State University and build your professional resume by working and learning alongside the faculty, professional staff, and community members who are growing and building the arboretum and wildlife center.

If you are academically well qualified, and willing to commit to a formal internship position for summer, 2014, please contact us and we will be happy to meet with you and discuss the available positions and the academic requirements.

While a variety of opportunities are available, some of the primary internship positions include:

  • Garden, Greenhouse, Tree Nursery Manager
  • Tour Guide / Naturalist Program for the Wildlife Center
  • Arboriculture / Forest Management
  • Landscape Restoration Specialist
  • Volunteer Coordinator
Projects with a Purpose

Some of the interesting activities that you may direct or guide, include:

  • Management of Magpie Forest and the arboretum woodland
  • Nature trail development (interpretive signs, trail markers, maintenance)
  • Coordinate volunteer projects with the public
  • Manage wildlife and develop facilities in the wildlife center
  • Build and install an artificial raptor nest, nest boxes, bat boxes, turtle habitat, etc.
  • Assist with community education, campus ecology, and sustainability projects
  • Train as a naturalist and give wildlife center tours to K - 12 and the public
  • Assist with the science communication program

To express interest and learn more about the internship program, please use the "Contact the AWCC" link below to send an email inquiry to Dr. Rod Sayler, Project Director. To learn more about our studies in restoration ecology, wildlife ecology, environmental education, and conservation, please see our science blog: Nature @ WSU.