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Environmental Engineer Intern

Waste Management


Full Time

On Site


Springdale, Arkansas, United States

As an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

The WM of Arkansas MSA is seeking an Environmental Intern to assist them in environmental sample collection, data collection and review, environmental inspections, sustainability action planning, and promoting environmental education and local community outreach and partnerships.


  • Assist with environmental sampling collection (storm water, wastewater, groundwater, etc.) and learn how that information is used to ensure permit compliance and support facility operations
  • Assist with the completion of environmental inspections (storm water, wastewater, tank management, cover, SPCC, etc.) and provide corrective action feedback and best management plan implementation and/or enhancements to support facility operations and environmental compliance
  • Assist in planning and strategizing future projects for Wildlife Habitat Council Certification such as:
    • Assist with planting native plants and maintaining & monitoring existing planting areas.
    • Assist with the removal of non-native, invasive plants.
    • Assist with recordkeeping activities associated with planning the Wildlife Habitat project
    • For many of the above tasks, the use of hand tools and operating small landscaping equipment (string trimmer, backpack blower, etc.) may be required.
  • Assist in planning and development of activities associated with environmental education and community outreach such as:
    • Assist in developing environmental education curriculum for various age groups
    • Assist in maintaining and updating environmental education guides for internal WM use
    • Assist with social media content creation
  • Assist in planning and development of activities associated with growing WM’s sustainability programs in NW Arkansas
    • Recycling
    • Renewable Energy
    • Conservation


  • Experiment with and learn about different methods of environmental monitoring activities.
  • Gain experience completing regulatory-required inspection programs to ensure permit compliance
  • Gain experience planning and leading volunteer environmental education events and activities.
  • Gain experience of environmental regulations and sustainability programs associated with various projects.
  • Apply existing education and knowledge in real-world scenarios.

SUPERVISION: Interns will receive immediate supervision from the Environmental Protection Manager. Throughout the internship, you could be supervised by other full-time or part-time department staff.


Education: Interns must have a High School diploma or GED (accredited) and be pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the University of Arkansas with a major in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Agricultural Sciences, Biology, Urban Studies, or a related field. Completed coursework hours: 60.0

Experience: No experience is required, but experience and/or education in biology, ecology, environmental science, forestry, horticulture, or a similar field are preferred. Experience working outdoors, using hand tools, operating small landscaping equipment (string trimmer, backpack blower, etc.), and working with the public (school groups, camps, volunteers, etc.) are beneficial but not required.

  • Minimum of 25 hours worked per week
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation.
  • Must be willing to participate in some minor travel (same day)


  • Ability to understand, remember and follow oral and written instructions
  • Ability to access remote, natural areas with or without accommodations
  • Ability to work well with other staff members
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Willingness to show ambition in the environmental science/resource management field
  • Strong computer skills with basic knowledge of Office 365 programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to work independently at times

Please note:

  • WM extends internship offers following an on-site or virtual interview, reviewing the student’s resume, and reviewing the school’s internship requirements.
  • WM strives to provide the best internship experience possible. Success in this area depends on open and transparent communication between the intern, WM staff, and college/university contacts.
  • The continued internship depends on adherence to work rules and demonstrated abilities, maturity, and dependability.
  • Interns must provide in writing any vacation, school, or travel commitments (dates/duration) that coincide with internship dates.

If this sounds like the opportunity that you have been looking for, please click "Apply."