Help restore Northeast Iowa’s natural beauty while learning about ecology, land management and wildlife.
Blufflands land stewardship interns work hard to maintain and restore native landscapes in extreme Northeast Iowa. Interns will conduct needed land management and restoration on remnant and reconstructed prairies, woodlands, oak savannas and other natural areas owned or protected by INHF. Interns will use a variety of hand tools and chainsaws to help accomplish restoration goals.
Students selected for INHF’s Blufflands internship will learn from and work closely with landowners and working professionals in the field. Educational opportunities beyond daily work experiences will be provided, including participation in regional natural resources conferences, which will expose interns to several conservationists and organizations in a concentrated setting. First aid, CPR and harassment training will be provided at the beginning of the internship.
The internship will give interns vital skills and experience for a career in conservation or land management, as well as a greater appreciation for the importance of our natural areas. This is a physically demanding, yet very rewarding internship!
Much of the work will focus on prairie, oak savanna and woodland restoration with an emphasis on invasive species control. Control of species is by chainsaw, hand saw, digging, pulling and herbicide treatment. Removing Eastern Red Cedars from hill prairies, thinning oak woodlands of fire-intolerant tree species and pulling Wild Parsnip from reconstructed prairies are examples of some of the important restoration work that will be performed. Stream bank stabilization, fire break construction and prairie seed collection are other possible intern activities.
This internship is physically demanding, requiring fit, motivated individuals. Those with a positive attitude, eagerness to learn and desire to make our natural areas healthier are well-suited for this position. Interns will work exclusively outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions including heat, humidity and rain.
Driving to various work sites (mostly in Winneshiek and Allamakee counties) is required, so interns must have a working vehicle. Carpooling is highly encouraged.
Prior land management experience or a farm background is desirable, but not required. College students of any age, even freshmen, are eligible for this internship. Compatible majors to this internship include, but are not limited to: animal ecology, botany, biology, forestry, environmental studies or environmental science.
Note: This internship does not supply lodging or meals.
Four full-time interns will be hired and work together as a crew. The internship begins May 22 and ends August 10. Interns will work a total of 11 weeks within that period. The work week will consist of 10 hour days, Monday through Thursday. Pay is $10/hr.
To apply, please send Jered Bourquin, blufflands assistant, the following:
- A cover letter outlining your qualifications and why you want this position
- Your college transcripts (official or unofficial)
- Two letters of recommendation, with at least one being written by a professor in your major. The letters may be included in your application or sent separately by the writer. Include reference contact information.
Mail or email your application to the address below. Feel free to call or email in advance if you have questions.
Jered Bourquin, Blufflands Assistant
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
1111 S. Paine St., Suite E
Decorah, Iowa 52101