Environmental Educator Internship

The mission of the Izaak Walton League of America (the League), founded in 1922, is to conserve, restore and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources, including soil, air, woods, waters and wildlife.  Our members and staff combine hands-on conservation action, policy work with legislatures and resource agencies, and public education to pursue our conservation goals at the local, state and national levels.  As a strong responsible voice representing outdoor recreationists, we occupy a special niche in the conservation community.

The Environmental Educator Internship is a three week, unpaid internship that takes place from July 10-29, 2017. For this position, interns will be working at the League’s Save Our Streams exhibit booth at the National Boy Scout Jamboree Conservation Trail located at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia. Interns will lead hands on activities with scouts pertaining to stream health, water quality monitoring, and macroinvertebrate identification.  All travel costs (including transportation from the D.C. Metro Area, hotel, and meals) will be covered by the League.

Interns will learn valuable skills necessary for the work force, including project coordination, communications skills, and hands-on education techniques. Interns will also be trained and certified in the League’s Save Our Streams Water Quality Monitoring Protocols for chemical, physical, and biological monitoring.


  • Educate adult leaders and scouts about the importance of volunteer water quality monitoring in local streams.
  • Assist in the discovery and identification of live macroinvertebrates for scouts (this skill will be learned during Save Our Streams training prior to departure for the Jamboree).
  • Interact with adult scouting leaders about how to start a Save Our Streams monitoring program with their scouting group.
  • Support communications for the League by posting to social media and photographing Jamboree activities.
  • Coordinate scheduling of breaks with other interns and project leads.
  • Assist in the set up and break down of the booth each morning and evening.


  • Some college credits on or relating to the environment, natural resources, or education.
  • Experience working with youth.
  • Experience conducting hands-on environmental education activities.
  • Ability to work effectively with a team of educators in the field.
  • Familiarity with stream ecology is highly beneficial.
  • Ability and willingness to travel, including for multiple days and overnight.


  • Prior to the Jamboree, interns are required to complete:
    • A background check (from a local law enforcement agency or security firm). Interns will be reimbursed for any costs associated with conducting such check.
    • An online BSA Youth Protection Training course for interns and volunteers (about 1 hour of time).

Email cover letter and resume to the attention of the Save Our Streams Coordinator: sroth@iwla.orgPlease submit all materials no later than April 7, 2017. No phone calls please.

The Izaak Walton League of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer