Preserve Stewardship Internship

Preserve Stewardship Internship

For the summer of 2022, the Brandywine Conservancy is offering a paid internship in Preserve Stewardship at its Penguin Court Preserve in Laughlintown, PA. 

The Preserve Stewardship Intern will have the opportunity to learn about the workings of a land trust, become familiar with local flora, and gain experience in preserve stewardship and management techniques. This is a hands-on position that will include the following duties:  basic land management tasks (mowing, trimming, etc.), invasive plant control, trail pruning, plant propagation, maintaining native plant gardens, and restoration of natural areas.  Tools used in the course of the work (after sufficient training) will include power string trimmers, hand saws, pruners, and all-terrain vehicle.

Applicants are expected to have, or working towards, an academic background in one of the environmental or natural sciences (ecology, biology, botany, forestry, wildlife management, etc.), or in lieu of academic qualifications, applicants should be able to demonstrate a passion for any of the above-mentioned natural sciences, enjoy working outdoors, and should have an interest and some experience with basic land management tasks.  Applicants should be prepared for labor-intensive outdoor work in all-weather and have the ability to lift 30 pounds and to walk long distances over varying terrain. Must be able to climb a ladder, bend and kneel. The Intern will be expected to interact positively with visitors.  Once trained, the intern must be willing and able to work independently with little supervision. 

The Preserve Stewardship Intern will report to the Property Manager. The position pays $14 per hour at 35 hours per week for 12 weeks, beginning in May and ending in August.  A valid driver’s license and a reliable means of transportation to and from Penguin Court Preserve. Proof of the ability to work in the U.S. is required. Please note housing is not provided.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Connie Scholz at [email protected].


We are an equal opportunity employer and consider all qualified applicants equally without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. The Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art is committed to building a culturally diverse staff.