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 recent graduates and current students. We are now accepting applications for our 12-month Environmental Education internship program for the 2017-18 program year.  Review of applications is ongoing and the positions remain open until filled.

We offer three avenues for completing an internship. 

Recent Graduates (College or graduate school)

Recent college graduates who are interested in gaining a more in-depth professional experience should apply for the 12 month environmental education internship program. This program includes a stipend and on-site housing for interns who commit to 35-40 hours per week of work.

Current Students

Current students who are seeking a short term experience (12 – 16 weeks) to complete an internship requirement as part of their course of study should apply for our summer naturalist internship program..We are happy to work with students to help them meet their internship requirements, while fulfilling our organizational needs. 

Pre-service Teachers

Students who are completing requirements for teaching certification in Biology or  Environmental Education can complete field experience and student teaching at Asbury Woods, as well. Students interested in this certification program should visit Mercyhurst University to learn more about their 4+1 Master’s program.

Environmental Education Internships - Connecting Children with Nature

12 month internships (August 2017- August 2018)

Housing and weekly stipend provided ($125/weekly)

For students who  have recently completed an undergraduate or Masters degree in a natural science AND have interest in exploring the field of environmental education, this yearlong, internship is a great way to get professional experience. Environmental Education (EE) interns work with children ages preK – 12th grade, helping to deliver are school curriculum. EE interns also teach our nature-based summer camp. EE interns share their passion for nature and create opportunities for children to explore, discover and learn. They also assist with caring for animals on exhibit, deliver outreach programs to schools, and assist with a variety of programs and events throughout the year. All EE interns receive a weekly stipend of $125 and on-site housing in the Intern House at Brown’s Farm Barn.

One EE internship position, in addition to above responsibilities, includes serving as the Resident Assistant for the Intern House. The Resident Assistant assists with the staff with the management of the Intern House. The intern in this position is provided with a private room in the Intern House and a $150 weekly stipend.

Position Descriptions

Environmental Education Intern

Environmental Education Intern/ RA

Naturalist Interns - Sharing Wild Places with Everyone

12 to 16 week internships (Spring 2018, Summer 2018)

For students who are pursuing the degrees in the fields or environmental science, art, education or natural sciences and are seeking an internship to complete degree requirements , this 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 the spring and summer.

Position Description

Naturalist Intern

Application Process

To apply for the Environmental Education Internship or the Naturalist Internship Program the following items are required:

  • Professional Resume 
  • Internship Application

            EE Internship Application

           Naturalist Internship Application

  • 1 page Statement of Interest
  • Contact Information for three professional or educational references

The application period for the naturalist and environmental education internships for both the 2017-18 seasons are currently being accepted.

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: klang@mtsd.org.

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


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.