• Summer 2018 (May-August)
  • Variable- 2-5 days per week, 4-8 hours per day, 12+ hours per week
  • Temporary Unpaid Position

The Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District is seeking summer interns to assist with office and field work between May and August 2018. The interns will assist SVSWCD staff with coordination and implementation of a variety of conservation work, including but not limited to: site visits, field work, review of implementation of various conservation projects and computer/office work.

The unpaid internships require a minimum commitment of 12 hours a week. Commitments of larger blocks of time (6+ hours/day) will allow for more varied experiences with more time in the field. Applicants must be enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at the time of internship. Upon successful completion of internship the student may be eligible for an intern scholarship from the SVSWCD. The internship schedule is flexible, but typically aligns with the office hours of 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday-Friday. The proposed start date of the internship is May 21, 2018 and the proposed end date is August 10, 2018. These dates are flexible as school schedules vary and will affect availability. Applicants may be contacted to schedule an interview for the position.  Selected applicants will be required to complete federal background paperwork.  Non US citizens may be required to complete additional background paperwork and may need to provide other documentation such as their VISA.

Evaluations and reviews may be conducted to provide feedback. General timekeeping is expected.

The ideal applicant would have interest in agriculture and conservation as well as desire to learn more about SVSWCD programs and implementation.

Send application package including: resume, a college transcript (unofficial acceptable), one to three letters of recommendation and a cover letter outlining: intern’s potential start and end dates, weekly availability (hours available M-F), interest in the internship position with the SVSWCD, and any restrictions that may be associated with outdoor activities (so the SVSWCD can make necessary accommodations).  The SVSWCD will work with students receiving course credit for their internship, please indicate if you will be receiving credit in your letter.

Application packages must be received by 4:30 pm April 27, 2018 to the Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District. Hard copy applications packages should be sent to: 1934 Deyerle Avenue, Suite B; Harrisonburg, VA 22801, electronic submissions should be sent to Chelsea Trice at For more information or questions call Chelsea Trice at (540) 433-2853 ext 126.

Not a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student but are still interested in learning about conservation? Check out our volunteer page:


Dates are subject to change. Please verify dates with the SVSWCD.