Natural Resources Intern

Who We Are

Straughan Environmental, Inc. is a successful, rapidly growing, woman owned business that provides high quality and cost-effective consulting services to a wide variety of clients in the governmental and private sectors. Straughan is committed to advancing sustainable and resilient communities. We are experts in environmental planning, design, assessments, and policy. Our staff consists of wildlife and wetlands scientists; geomorphologists and hydrologists, civil and environmental engineers; inspectors; biologists and botanists; planners; cultural resource specialists; and GIS and CAD professionals. This combination of technical expertise and an understanding of policy make Straughan a highly competitive firm and a great place to advance your career.

Job Purpose

Straughan is currently seeking a talented and motivated intern to join our Natural Resources Team and work with Environmental Scientists, Planners, and Engineers on a variety of projects across business divisions. This internship may be extended through Fall 2023. Approximate hours per week may vary between 0 and 40.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist with wetland delineations and monitoring (vegetation, soils, and hydrology)
  • Assist with stream assessments and restoration monitoring (stream pattern and profile)
  • Assist with water quality monitoring (water chemistry, groundwater, stormwater, and biology)
  • Assist with Forest Stand Delineations, Forest Conservation Plans, and other plant community evaluations
  • Summarize data and write technical reports
  • Assist with reviewing and organizing data and program documentation 
  • Create/interpret ArcGIS maps for use in the field and reports and conduct basic geo-processing analyses
  • Other tasks associated with the Clean Water Act, Maryland Forest Conservation Act, Critical Area Act, and/or other Federal, state, and local environmental regulations and policies
  • Other tasks associated with supporting other Straughan business units (engineering, sustainable development, planning, noise, cultural resources, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of MS Office computer software (World/Excel/PowerPoint/Outlook)
  • Clear written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work full workdays
  • Ability to perform work outside under variable terrain and weather conditions
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and in an organized fashion 




 Minimum of 2 years of college in Environmental Science, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Engineering, Biology, or related field.


Relevant coursework.

No experience required. 

Desired Qualifications

  • Relevant field experience and coursework related to wetlands, streams, water quality, forest ecology, plant identification, soils investigations, invasive species, etc.
  • 1 year of experience working in a related field 
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS Online, ArcPro, FieldMaps, Survey 123, AutoCAD, and/or MicroStation
  • Experience with GPS devices and/or various water quality modeling tools 
  • Familiarity with Federal, state, and local environmental regulations and policies 
  • Available to occasionally work extended days, weekends, and/or limited overnight travel

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position as required by applicable law. 

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer 
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds at a time
  • Must be able to traverse various types of terrain for extended periods of time
  • Physical ability to perform outdoor field work and in unpleasant field conditions 
  • Physically able to conduct inspections and carry equipment used for inspections

As a condition of employment, Straughan employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 except those for whom are legally entitled to an accommodation. Proof of vaccination will need to be submitted as part of the interview/hiring process.

Straughan is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.