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Summer Internship Opportunity!

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Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River (FNFSR) is seeking a college student or recent high school graduate for a summer internship opportunity. The internship is primarily based in environmental education, and will run from May 30 through July 28, with the week of July 4th off. Some weekend work will be required. Our intern will support FNFSR’s Education and Science Lead in science-based educational programming for 2 weeks of watershed-centered summer camps and 2 weeks of summer school. This intern will also work with our staff and our North Fork Conservation Corps teens for up to 2 weeks of stewardship projects and recreational activities at Seven Bends State Park along the river at Woodstock, Virginia. They will also gain experience connecting the public to FNFSR’s programs by helping with up to 2 weekend public events. Working with our program Lead, the intern will help deliver a wide range of creative activities for the programs listed above, and will have opportunities to help tailor them to our camp groups.  This will be a great opportunity to work with children and teens, and to assist with social media outreach to engage the community. Some office-based work is involved, while much of the internship will be outdoors with students and the public. Reliable transportation to and from multiple work sites in the local area will be required; a mileage reimbursement will be provided. 

Workload and Benefits

With some weeks devoted to all-day camps and others having lighter program loads, this internship will entail roughly 200-hours of experience-building program support through 8 of the 9 weeks.  The week of the 4th of July will be off.  A weekly living allowance of $300 will be provided for each of the 9 weeks of this internship.  

While this internship is scheduled to begin on May 30th and end July 28th, students in need of minor modifications to this schedule are encouraged to apply.

Preferred candidates:

  • Are comfortable working with children ages 5-17
  • Are comfortable in an environment supportive of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Are able to safely lift up to 40 pounds
  • Are able to work for long periods outdoors in sometimes hot, humid conditions
  • Enjoy helping create a fun learning and experiential environment
  • Have prior experience with education or camps (preferred)
  • Have experience kayaking or canoeing (preferred)
  • Are able to pass a background check to be a Virginia State Parks volunteer  
  • Are able to work in the US for any employer without visa sponsorship
  • May have an existing CPR/first aid certification (a plus)

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Kathleen Fish, Education and Science Lead, at