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Ecological Restoration Intern

SWCA Environmental Consultants
United States, Massachusetts, Amherst
15 Research Drive (Show on map)
December 09, 2023

Ecological Restoration Intern

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Natural Resources / Biology / Ecology

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About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants' Ecological Restoration Group is looking for an Ecological Restoration Intern to assist during our Summer 2024 field season. The selected intern will support a diversity of field and office based tasks and will work with talented, multi-disciplinary teams of ecological restoration and natural resource professionals. This position provides great opportunities for an Intern to enter and launch a career in environmental sciences, supported by leadership focused on the professional development of team members.

Established in 1981, SWCA has a long-standing presence in the United States, and is known for sound science and creative solutions.

Our Vision (the North Star): Help drive SWCA to be the best workplace and industry leader in sustainability, bringing sound science and creative solutions to global environmental challenges while maintaining a dedication to employee-ownership.

Core Values: We are #OneSWCA and collaborate across all our offices, programs, and disciplines. We are #AlwaysLearning, we #NeverSettle, and we #GiveBack. We are 100% employee-owned, and we build our success together. It is imperative for the successful candidate to fit SWCA's unique culture. Do you appreciate sustainability and environmental awareness? Is giving back to your community a priority? SWCA is a team of scientists, planners, technical experts, and corporate services professionals that are committed to our culture.

Purpose: Our company purpose is to preserve natural and cultural resources for tomorrow while enabling projects that benefit people today. You are invited to be a part of our success story.

This position requires a demonstrated interest in natural sciences, a good attitude, willingness to learn, flexibility, and good communication skills. This internship will occur during the summer 2024 (June 3rd-mid August). Candidates who can start earlier than June 2024 will be considered and those who can remain past August may provide additional value. In addition to project work, the internship program includes regularly scheduled presentations by SWCA leaders. This is a paid, full-time internship with an hourly rate of $18.00/hour.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as is reasonable. We anticipate a large flow of qualified candidates, and we will close the posting as soon as the individual office positions are filled.

Please submit a cover letter to be considered for this position.

What you will accomplish

    Work in a team setting to complete restoration plantings
  • Effectively communicate with other project team members and follow instructions well
  • Implement and complete tasks and responsibilities delegated by Field Supervisors
  • Take positive action and accountability for assigned work

Experience and qualifications for success


  • Currently enrolled in a college or university, pursuing a bachelor's degree in an environmental related field with coursework in environmental sciences, biology, ecology, landscaping, ecological restoration, plant installation, or similar study focus; or a recent graduate within 12 months of May 1, 2024. Candidates with equivalent work experience will also be considered.
  • Experience with natural resources field work (e.g., environmental, natural, water, biological, ecological, etc.) through classwork, honors thesis or Capstone projects, professional/intern experience, or volunteer work.
  • Must have good communication, interpersonal skills, and attention to detail.
  • Must have ability and willingness to learn new survey and monitoring techniques and protocols.
  • Ability to work well in a team setting and collaborate with others.

Important for Field-Based roles:

  • This position requires the ability to travel to the field 90% of the time, including spending up to a week or two at a time at a field location.
  • Ability to participate in strenuous manual labor, travel to a location, walk and conduct fieldwork for long hours, sometimes in inclement weather, rugged terrain, and ability to carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions, effectively execute tasks, and conform to shifting priorities and demands.
  • Valid driver's license and the ability to drive a 4WD vehicle on backcountry roads required.

Helpful Skills:

  • Local native and non-native/invasive plant identification, preferred.
  • Familiarity with GPS devices and digital data collection, and/or mapping software such as ArcGIS.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite software.
  • Technical writing experience.

SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record's Top 200 Environmental Firms.

If you would like to contact SWCA regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the online application process due to a disability, please email accommodations@swca.com or call 1-480-581-5378. This contact information is for disability accommodation requests only. All other inquiries will not receive a response.

EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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