Summer internship with the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at Sheep Hill



What could be better than spending the summer in Williamstown, enjoying the outdoors, discovering some of Williamstown’s unique natural areas and learning about land conservation and nature education?


The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation (WRLF), a land conservation trust dedicated to the preservation of the Williamstown area’s rural New England character, offers a summer internship  in land conservation, non-profit management, natural history, and outdoor education.


Its Sheep Hill headquarters at the Mary and Craig Lewis Center for Nature and Rural Heritage in Williamstown has been developed as a place for children and adults to explore the natural environment and connect to the agricultural past of which this former farm is a part.   In addition to Sheep Hill, WRLF owns 18 diverse properties totaling over 1,000 acres, many with popular hiking trails such as Pine Cobble, Chestnut and Fitch.


WRLF works with the Williams Center for Environmental Studies to fund their summer internship.  If you are offered this position, you will need to apply to CES for funding.


Information can be found at:  There may also be funding options through Alumni Internships at OCC.


About the internship


This internship is seen as an opportunity to learn about the WRLF, its land preservation efforts, and how it works within the community.  It will also offer the opportunity to experience firsthand the issues involved in non-profit and land management.  Interns work directly with the Executive Director and other staff.  The position includes assisting with several week-long children’s summer nature programs and leading outdoor stream ecology hikes for young teens with Overland Adventure travel.  There may also be the opportunity to join with the WOC/WRLF trail crew on trail work, conduct GIS/GPS mapping assignments, or work on a digital interpretive display. The student will also design and undertake a special project once the internship is underway in consultation with the Executive Director.

Transportation is helpful but not required.



David McGowan, Executive Director

Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation

671 Cold Spring Road

Williamstown, MA 01267

413-458-2494;   [email protected];