The Visitor Center at Shaver's Creek will be closed from December 20, 2021, through January 26, 2022.


Internship Program

For more than three decades, the Internship Program at Shaver’s Creek has attracted interns from around the world to develop their knowledge and skills as they delve into the fields of environmental and experiential education. Over the years, these seasonal internship opportunities have expanded to include positions in Environmental Education, Adventure Programming, Raptor Education and Care, and Marketing Communications. Visit the Internships page to learn more about each type of internship position and how to apply.

Summer Camp

Aside from the internship, opportunities for the summer also include Naturalist, Assistant Naturalist, and Lifeguarding positions. For more details, visit the Summer Camp Employment page.


AURORA Outdoor Orientation Programs employ student leaders to guide incoming students on backpacking and community service trips before they begin their Penn State experience. We look for students with strong interpersonal skills and a desire to impact incoming students. In order to be eligible for a position, you must first take a special section of RPTM 330 designed specifically for aspiring AURORA leaders. For more information or to enroll in our leader class, contact Jen Emigh at 814.863.2000 or To apply, go to the AURORA Staff Application.


Work-Study is a Federal student financial aid program for Penn State undergraduate and graduate students that allows you to earn money to help cover nonbillable educational expenses by working within your college or campus, University office, or at an off-campus, nonprofit organization. Shaver’s Creek Work-Study positions may be available for students, depending on our seasonal need! Please visit the Work-Study page for more information on the types of positions that are available and how you can apply.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate students may be interested in looking into Graduate Assistantships at Shaver’s Creek. These are typically quarter-time or half-time positions with a tuition waiver and stipend. For more information, visit the Graduate Student Opportunities page.

Full-time Positions

On the infrequent occasion that a full-time position becomes available at Shaver’s Creek, it is, at the very least, posted on the website. There are currently no full-time positions available.


Volunteers are very important to the work that we accomplish here at Shaver’s Creek. Our typical areas of need for volunteers include animal care, grounds, trails, facilities, public programs, and special events. Visit the Volunteer page to learn more about what volunteers can do at Shaver’s Creek, and how you can become one!

Other Opportunities

Tussey Mountain Spring Hawk Watch Counter

Not currently accepting applications.

Located in Pennsylvania’s ridge-and-valley province near State College, Tussey Mountain Hawkwatch is the premier Spring Golden Eagle migration watch site in the East. We are seeking a Hawk Counter that can provide accurate raptor identification and reporting, while providing informal interpretation to site visitors. While the position requires a great deal of independence, it will be supported by staff from Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center. A two-day training will be provided prior to count to familiarize the counter with the history and population trends of the Hawk Watch, as well as interpretive training and an orientation to serving as an ambassador for Shaver’s Creek and Penn State University. Early season weather is often harsh and very cold, with few people visiting the site in these conditions. A dedicated, self-motivated individual who can both work well with people and endure challenging conditions is a must. Site access requires 4-5 mile drive (on state-maintained roads) to the ridgetop, followed by a .6 mile trail to the count site. Duties include conducting the daily count, interacting with visitors, completion of field data forms, and posting daily results to the HawkCount website and State College Bird Club listserv. Attendance at the State College Bird Club meeting is required (once per month). Preparing and conducting an end of season presentation is required. Applicant must possess strong raptor and general bird identification skills, including aging, and prior hawkwatch experience is preferred. While not required, previous environmental interpretation skills are ideal, but a passion for connecting raptor and habitat conservation to the community is essential. Must have a valid driver’s license and transportation to and from the hawkwatch location. Must be computer literate and capable of entering and managing data (computer access will be provided.)