Biological Field Interns


Trout Unlimited is a national organization with 300,000 members and supporters organized into over 400 chapters and councils nationwide. These dedicated grassroots volunteers are matched by a respected staff of organizers, lawyers, policy experts, and scientists, who work out of more than 45 offices across the country. Our mission is to conserve, protect, and restore North America's cold-water fisheries and their watersheds.


The biological field intern will report directly to the PA Field and Research Manager and will be responsible for assisting TU’s field staff with data collection, data entry, and other day-to-day tasks. TU’s Pennsylvania Coldwater Habitat Restoration Program targets the improvement of coldwater habitat viability and availability for native brook trout across the commonwealth. To accomplish this, TU staff work to improve water quality through abandoned coal mine cleanup; reduce non-point source sediment pollution through streambank stabilization, riparian reforestation, installation of instream habitat structures, and improvement of dirt and gravel roads; increase flood resiliency and aquatic organism passage through addressing problematic road-stream crossings. The position is based in Lock Haven, PA. The duration of the position is approximately 12 weeks with the expectation of a 40-hour work week. Compensation for this position is $10 per hour.


  • Collect field data through activities such as electrofishing, benthic macroinvertebrate surveys, water quality sampling, and fish habitat surveys.
  • Assist in stream habitat improvement projects.
  • Provide data entry and database management, as well as prepare maps and assist with reports.
  • Represent TU and its mission when meeting with landowners, volunteers, and other partners.
  • Assistance to other program staff as needed.
  • This is a non-supervisory position.

This is not an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities.


  • Current undergraduate student pursuing a degree in environmental science, fish and wildlife biology, biology, ecology, or related field of study.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as both a team player and independently.
  • Willingness to travel (frequently overnight) and be capable of hiking and carrying equipment in difficult terrain and working in inclement conditions and remote locations.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office programs.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Passion for protecting and restoring trout populations and their watersheds.


Please send a letter of interest and resume to Dr. Shawn Rummel at by March 8, 2019. No phone calls please. Open until filled.

TU is an Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action Employer pursuant to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act & Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistant Act.

TU hires staff without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.

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