SWCA Environmental Consultants


About the opportunity

Embark on an exciting journey with SWCA as a Natural Resources Intern for Summer 2024 in our Pensacola, Florida or Tampa, Florida offices. Join our dynamic team and be part of innovative solutions in the environmental sciences. SWCA, established in 1981, is a renowned name in the United States, recognized for sound science and creative problem-solving.


As a Natural Resources Intern, you'll dive into both office and field projects, collaborating with skilled natural resource professionals. This internship offers a unique opportunity to launch your career in environmental sciences, supported by leadership dedicated to your professional growth.


The internship spans from June 3rd to mid-August 2024, providing flexibility for early starters in May and those interested in extending beyond August. Alongside impactful project work, our program includes regular presentations by SWCA leaders.

This is a paid, full-time internship with a competitive rate of $17.00 per hour.


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

What you will accomplish

  • Support project managers and field leads in various natural resources surveys, including wetland delineations, wildlife surveys, and botanical surveys.
  • Engage in office tasks such as data clean-up, reporting, and other activities to support the Natural Resources team.
  • Conduct fieldwork across office locations and nearby states, sometimes involving extended hikes either independently or with colleagues.

Experience and qualifications for success


  • Currently enrolled Juniors or Seniors in a college or university, pursuing a bachelor's degree in an environmental-related field or a recent graduate within 12 months of May 1, 2024. Equivalent experience will be considered.
  • Applicants pursuing a Master's degree will also be considered. Ph.D. candidates are not eligible for this program.
  • Experience with natural resources fieldwork through coursework, projects, professional/intern experience, or volunteer work.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite software.
  • Good communication, interpersonal skills, and attention to detail.
  • Ability and willingness to learn new survey and monitoring techniques and protocols.

Field-Based Role Additional Requirements:

  • The position may require up to 50%-75% fieldwork, including spending extended periods in field locations.
  • Ability to travel, walk, and conduct fieldwork for long hours, sometimes in inclement weather and rugged terrain, with the capacity to carry equipment weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions, execute tasks effectively, and adapt to shifting priorities.

Helpful Skills:

  • Familiarity with GPS devices, digital data collection, and mobile mapping software like Arc Field Maps.
  • Technical writing experience.
  • Knowledge of common flora and fauna species in the Southeastern United States
  • English-Spanish bilingualism is preferred, though not mandatory, for candidates applying to this position.

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.