Jobs & Internships


Virginia Working Landscapes hosts a competitive internship program as well as a graduate fellowship program. Check back throughout the year as we post new opportunities. 

Virginia Working Landscapes (VWL) is a program of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) that promotes the conservation of native biodiversity and sustainable land use through research, education, and community engagement. Interns will be given a unique opportunity to gain a variety of skills, engage in research on private working lands, and connect with professionals within the Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute network.  

These interns will be playing a significant role in advancing our knowledge of local biodiversity and the impacts of land management and conservation practices on grassland ecology. All internships will be based out the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute located in Front Royal, VA, with housing provided.

At VWL, we value the strength that comes from a variety of perspectives and experiences, and we are committed to providing an inclusive and supportive space for our entire team. As such, we encourage individuals from all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for our internship opportunities.


VWL is supported 100% by grants and donations and our work is made possible by the generous contributions from our community.

The Smithsonian Institution is a 501(c)(3). All contributions are tax-deductible.


Virginia Working Landscapes
Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
1500 Remount Road, MRC 5537
Front Royal, Virginia 22630