Internship Program at Asbury Woods

Getting the Professional Experience You Need

Asbury Woods Nature Center is a vibrant non-profit, which offers quality internship experiences for highly motivated college students and recent graduates. Internships may be completed either during the school year or the summertime, depending on your area of study and our availability. Internships may be three, nine or twelve month long experiences. Students interested in gaining a professional experience at Asbury Woods are encouraged to contact us. We are happy to work with students to help them meet their internship requirements, while fulfilling our organizational needs. We are now accepting applications for our spring (March - May 2017) and summer (May to August 2017) internship opportunities. The application process for the nine month and year-long internship will open in March 2017 for the 2017-18 school year.

Environmental Science/Education/Early Childhood/Natural Sciences/Art Majors

Naturalist Interns - Sharing Wild Places with Everyone

For students who are pursuing the degrees in the fields or environmental science, art, education or natural sciences and are NOT completing degree requirements for teacher education, this internship option is for you. Interns will have the opportunity to learning about planning and developing environmental educational programming for everyone from preschoolers to adults. Interns will also be involved with preparing for and implementing a variety of educational events throughout the seasons, caring for the Center’s educational animals assisting with maintenance of our trails, grounds and gardens. Interns will learn about the practices and day to day operations of a busy nature center. Internships in this category are available in fall, spring and summer.

Position Description

Environmental Education Interns – Connecting Children with Nature

For students who are either pursuing degrees in education OR natural science and have interest in exploring the field of environmental education, this summer internship opportunity is a great way to get professional experience. Environmental Education (EE) interns work with children ages preK – 5th grade through our summer camp program. EE interns lead daily nature-based activities, games, and outdoor adventures. EE interns share their passion for nature and create opportunities for children to explore, discover and learn. Our nature-based art program for school-aged children offers students pursing degrees in art and art education a unique opportunity to lead art instruction in our natural classrooms.

Art Educator Position Description

Environmental Education Intern Position Description

Education Majors and Pre-Service Teachers

Student Teachers -Teaching in the Outdoor Classroom

Asbury Woods Nature Center offers elementary and middle school science teacher candidates a unique experience to add to their credentials. Teaching portions of the curriculum units in the non-traditional school setting at Asbury Woods enables them to bring a wealth of unique and valuable experiences that other teacher candidates haven’t had. Asbury Woods Nature Center is an educational facility and the K-12 science lessons address the curriculum requirements of local districts as well as the PA State Academic Standards. Student teacher candidates can complete their first assignment fall semesters or their second assignment in the spring semester. Please contact Steve Wasiesky at 814-835-5356 to discuss internship opportunities for student teachers.


  • Support from Asbury Woods staff to complete course requirements for students who are seeking academic credit as part of their internship experience.
  • Opportunity to live and work in a unique setting and the many and varied outdoor recreation opportunities the Lake Erie region has to offer.

Application Process - Internships

The application period for the naturalist and environmental education internships for both the spring and summer seasons are currently being accpeted:

Visit and review the position descriptions for the type of internship for which you wish to apply

.Download the application form.

Submit your completed application for, resume, statement of interest, and contact information for three professional references to Kelley Lang, Education and Visitor Services Manager by email at:

Applications will only be accepted by email. Any application mailed or hand delivered will not be reviewed.

Application Process – Student Teaching

Pre-Service teachers who are interested in completing their student teaching at Asbury Woods, through Millcreek Township School District should contact Steve Wasiesky at 814-835-5356.