Traineeships & Internships

We work to inspire, train, and empower future leaders in conservation. 

There are several diverse and educational opportunities at Hawk Mountain for students and young conservationists around the world. Whether it be in science, education, or  communications, there are many valuable hands-on experiences to be had. 

Training Options are available for:

  • The up-and-coming conservationist with a specific in raptors or bird conservation
  • Young professional raptor biologists already established in the field
  • North American undergraduates interested in pursuing raptor/wildlife conservation
  • Graduate students working on raptor research at a major university
  • Undergraduates studying communications, marketing, or graphic design
  • Undergraduates interested in non-profit management, development, or event-planning.
A Science Trainee uses binoculars to search for migrating raptors from South Lookout

Conservation Science Traineeships

(Spring & Fall)

  
Hawk Mountain has trained over 400 young people from 75 countries, and thanks to the Trainee Endowment, supplemented by general operating funds, every graduate received a full scholarship. Without this commitment, the large majority of our trainees, particularly those in third-world countries, would never receive training of any kind.

Trainees in conservation science participate in ongoing field work, the migration count and nesting raptor studies. A seminar series on raptor biology and migration occurs several times a week along with instruction in statistics and use of GIS.  Each trainee is given the opportunity for an individual project working with staff. Some have used the time to write grant proposals, analyze historical datasets, develop educational materials or analyze data they have collected in the past.  All trainees participate in visitor programming on weekends, learning how to share concepts in science and conservation with the public.

Trainees are selected from Pennsylvania, the United States, and abroad.  Applications for Spring Traineeship opportunities are due December 1 and applications for Autumn Traineeship opportunities are due May 1.

Conservation Science Traineeship Details
• Live on-site for 4 months (March-June or Aug-Nov)
• Receive a monthly stipend
• Learn basic techniques in conservation science and education
• Experience monitoring and environmental education in a wildlife sanctuary
• Learn how to work with volunteers, visitors and school groups
• Learn how to apply for grants and fund their own research projects
• Work on both an independent and a group project
• Practice nature interpretation at the Sanctuary
• Practice the latest methods in migration monitoring techniques
• Use satellite telemetry, banding, and GIS mapping
• Develop multicultural awareness and international partnerships

 

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Summer Field Experience Trainee holding a recently banded American kestrel chick.

Field Experience Traineeships

(Summer)

 
Ideal for undergraduates, the two-month Summer Field Experience offers exposure to and training in one or more aspects of fieldwork or data management at the Sanctuary. Emphasis is on training, and in particular, experiential learning with a focus on the Sanctuary's ecology. Trainees work shoulder-to-shoulder with professional mentors, and each individual completes a collaborative project while at the Sanctuary.

Summer field experience internships are designed specifically for upper-level North American college undergraduates who wish to contribute to Hawk Mountain's conservation efforts while learning aspects of conservation science. Summer field experience interns receive no stipend or pay, but do have access to resources at the Acopian Center for Conservation Learning. 
 

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Academic Traineeships

(Year-round)

 

Academic traineeships are available to local college undergraduates who are participating ininternship programs in affiliation with academic institutions. Academic traineeships occur over one or more semesters, and are individually designed based on student interest and need. Traineeships involve three or more study hours per week on library, lab, or field projects conducted under the joint supervision of the trainee’s faculty supervisor and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary staff.

Academic traineeships are available throughout the school year and in summer, and are unpaid.

To apply, contact:  
Wendy Nicodemus, Operations/Trainee Coordinator
[email protected] or 570-943-3411 x101

Education Trainee Emily Case practicing with the Eastern Screech Owl education bird

Education Traineeships

(Spring-Summer, Summer-Fall)

 

Established through a major gift to the School in the Clouds campaign, these semester-long internships are an investment in the next generation of conservation education leaders. The program is targeted toward students who are committed to careers in natural resource conservation or conservation education. Students participating in these internships have the opportunities to develop job skills at a world-class raptor conservation and education facility.

The objective of the Speers Conservation Education Traineeship is to train individuals who are passionate about pursuing a career in conservation education or biological science education. A secondary goal is to maintain relationships with interns in order to build a growing network of conservation educators across the country, and in time, around the world.

Trainees are selected from Pennsylvania, the United States, and abroad.  Applications for Spring Traineeship opportunities are due December 1 and applications for Autumn Traineeship opportunities are due May 1.

Conservation Education Traineeship Details
• Live on-site for 4-6 months (March-Aug or June-Nov)
• Receive a monthly stipend
• Interact with research scientists and graduate students in the field, as well as visiting professionals.
• Meet and form partnerships with other trainees and interns from across the • nation and around the world.
• Network with other conservation organizations.
• Develop and implement new programs for the public that will grow in future years.
• Learn and facilitate on-site and off-site raptor conservation programs for public and school groups.
• Educate visitors about raptor conservation and Appalachian forest ecology.
• Become a mentor for future interns and volunteers.
• Obtain college credit as approved by student’s accredited university.
• Develop technological and social media skills.
• Vehicles available for work use
• Use of Mac and Dell laptops and other audio visual equipment

Eligibility Requirements:
• Students enrolled in an accredited college with coursework in conservation, education, or the biological sciences are eligible to apply. (Preference for internship placement is given to college graduates or senior students.)
• Background clearances- state and federal
• Valid driver’s license

 

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Communications & Public Relations Internship

(Spring, Summer, Fall)

 

Hawk Mountain Communications Interns work under the supervision of our Communications Specialist in support of Hawk Mountain's global mission as a recognized leader in international raptor conservation science and education. Gain valuable experience in public relations supporting our diverse communications platform that includes traditional print publications and digital new media.

Understanding of modern communications is essential with a preference for candidates with skills in writing, marketing, social media, and/or video production preferred. Interest in the outdoors and wildlife is encouraged, as experiences may include working with the education team, documenting field work, interacting with live raptors, and more.

Interns are selected from local colleges and universities. Spring Internship applications are due Nov 15. Summer Internship applications are due March 15. Fall Internship applications are due June 15. 

Communications Internship Details
• 3-4 month internship opportunities (Jan-Apr, May-Aug, Sep-Dec)
• Students entering their junior or senior year are eligible
• Flexible schedule, totaling 16 - 24 hours a week
• Receive a monthly stipend
• Writing responsibilities include articles, press releases, social media posts, advertisement campaigns, publication copywriting and copyediting, flyers, event listings, email blasts
• Summer interns will collaborate with the summer Communication Design Intern on marketing and outreach materials. 


To apply, email a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to:

Gigi Romano, Communications Specialist
[email protected]

Communication Design Internship

(Summer)

  

Hawk Mountain Communications Interns work under the supervision of our Communications Specialist in support of Hawk Mountain's global mission as a recognized leader in international raptor conservation science and education. The candidate will gain valuable experience in communications and design supporting our diverse communications platform that includes traditional print publications and digital new media.

Understanding of modern communications is essential with a preference for candidates with skills in marketing, video editing and production, and/or social media preferred.

Interns are selected from local colleges and universities. Internship applications are due March 15.

Communication Design Internship Details
• 3-4 month internship opportunity (May-Aug)
• Students entering their junior or senior year are eligible
• Flexible schedule, totaling 8 - 16 hours a week
• Receive a monthly stipend
• Assist in creating promotional and publication materials, advertisement campaigns, and online content.
• Design responsibilities include event flyers, posters, brochures, rack cards, online ads, social media banners, shareable content, publication spreads, mailing designs, email banners, and infographics.
• Collaborate with the summer Communications Intern on marketing and outreach materials. 

 

To apply, email a resume, cover letter, and design samples to:

Gigi Romano, Communications Specialist
[email protected]