Jobs & Internships

Office Location: Warrenton, VA

Supervisor: Habitat & Stewardship Specialist

Job Classification: Temporary Part Time, Non-Exempt, Paid Internship

Geographic Focus: Albemarle, Greene, Madison and Rappahannock Counties


The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has proudly promoted and protected the natural resources, rural economy, history and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont since 1972. PEC empowers residents to protect what makes the Piedmont a wonderful place, and works with citizens to conserve land, protect air and water quality, celebrate historic resources, build smart transportation networks, promote sustainable energy choices, restore wildlife habitat and improve people’s access to nature.

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) seeks an intern to assist with the field inventory of potential barriers (road stream crossings) to headwater brook trout habitat, along with other project tasks as assigned. PEC is leading an initiative to restore passage and habitat to brook trout and other aquatic organisms, and improve water quality, in headwater streams in four counties that border Shenandoah National Park. An initial survey of stream barriers was completed in 2013-14.

Description of Position

The intern will be in the field 50% of the time and work under the direct supervision of a PEC employee while in the field. The remainder of the time will be spent in PEC’s headquarters office. Applicant should be prepared for field work in remote areas. Wading into cold water streams with appropriate gear is a requirement. Applicant should be willing to and enthusiastic about working with PEC staff to gain permission from landowners to survey private road-stream crossings. Other responsibilities will be as assigned, but may include data management, research, landowner outreach, attending partner organization meetings, assessing fish population data, tree planting, and project monitoring.

This position will be based out of PEC’s headquarters office in Warrenton, VA. The ideal candidate should live in a neighboring county and have reliable transportation. The position will start October 1, 2018 and last for approximately 10 weeks, about 24-32 hours per week (depending on workload). Scheduling is flexible, but work will occur Monday-Friday.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, but will consider a qualified candidate who is currently enrolled in a degree program.
  • Working knowledge (based on course work, job experience, research) of freshwater ecosystems and associated aquatic organisms is required. Experience working with eastern brook trout, freshwater mussels, or other eastern aquatic organisms is a plus.
  • Reliable transportation and valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to hike long distances, sometimes in hot or cold weather, to remote mountainous areas for several hours at a time. Wading into rocky, cold water streams with appropriate gear is a requirement.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Field work experience preferred.
  • Ability to organize, coordinate, and manage diverse activities and deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and desire to work with landowners and partner organizations; experience working with rural landowners and the farming community is preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience with Google Suite and Microsoft Office productivity software. Familiarity with ArcMap a plus.
  • Requires minimal supervision; self-starter.
  • Virginia resident; preferably in Fauquier, Rappahannock, or Madison county.
  • Experience with data management preferred.


$18.00/hour, no housing available.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Piedmont Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer.


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