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Environmental Education Internship – Summer 2018

(posted 3/20/18)

Harpeth Conservancy seeks a summer intern to work 10-15 hours/week from May to July (timing is flexible). This is an unpaid internship. Harpeth Conservancy is dedicated to protecting clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee and the summer intern will support that mission through youth and family education programs, event planning, volunteer coordination, communications, and other projects as needed.


  • Assist AmeriCorps VISTA with environmental education activities on Fridays at PENPals (People Exploring Nature Pals) camp.
  • Assist with distribution of wildlife education and action guides and promotion of education events.
  • Research and produce content for an amphibian (frogs and salamanders) webpage for our website.
  • Assist with outreach and education opportunities and events as needed.


Desired Skills, Experience, and Qualifications

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Willing to work indoors and outdoors
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and social media platforms
  • Graphic design/website experience would be a plus
  • Available Fridays and preferably at least one other day during the week, as well as one or two weekends
  • Experience working with youth, education, and/or camps would be ideal
  • Must be reliable, responsible, and flexible
  • Access to a car to travel to various sites in the greater Nashville area
  • Ability to participate within a multi-disciplinary team as well as act independently as needed
  • Interest in biology, wildlife, or environmental topics and issues is a plus


Internship Benefits

  • Experience in youth environmental education, macroinvertebrate and water quality monitoring
  • Event planning, website design and content production, research skills
  • Office and nonprofit work environment experience

Note: Harpeth Conservancy will conduct a background check on candidates as needed

Please send cover letter and resume to Madeline Bule at info@harpethriver.org with the subject line “Summer Environmental Education Internship.”




We recruit interns every summer to assist us with many different aspects of our work. Interns help with conservation education programs, restoration projects, policy and advocacy issues, volunteer coordination, water quality monitoring, data entry, office tasks, research, and other programs and projects. Interns are typically college students or college graduates with academic and/or work experience in aquatic science and water resource management. If you are interested in our internship program, send a cover letter and resume to us at info@harpethriver.org.

Desired Skills, Experience, and Qualifications for HC Internships:

  • A passion for clean water, healthy aquatic ecosystems, and aquatic life.
  • Coursework in environmental science, biology, sustainability, or other relevant courses.
  • Aquatic science, water resource management, and water resource policy coursework highly desired.
  • Work experience in aquatic science, water resource management, and water resource policy.
  • Water quality monitoring knowledge or work experience.
  • GIS and GPS training and/or experience.
  • Outgoing personality and willing to enthusiastically represent HRWA at public outreach events.
  • Team player who can work collaboratively with staff, interns, and external partners.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, eager to learn, and attention to detail.
  • Willing to work long hours in the outdoors, sometimes during difficult environmental conditions.
  • Willing to perform, at times tedious tasks in the office.
  • Physically fit and good swimmer.
  • Paddling experience in canoe and kayak.
  • Must be reliable and responsible with proven ability to work autonomously.
  • Social media savvy and web site design experience.
  • Drivers license and vehicle for travel throughout the watershed.