Hannah INHF intern at Quigley-Slattery Heritage Prairie


Fostering the next generation of conservation leaders.

In 1986, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation hired its first intern. Since then, interns have made huge contributions to INHF's land restoration, communications, policy and trail programs. Now one of the most respected internship programs in the state, nearly 20 office and field interns each year learn about Iowa's native habitats, contribute to active stewardship efforts and bring INHF's work to new audiences. Learn more about the different internships INHF provides below.

Communications internship

Be a part of a small communications team working to help Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation protect and restore Iowa’s land, water and wildlife. INHF communications interns gain valuable experience and professional clips in print and digital media platforms. Gain experience working within an established brand and representing that brand to familiar and new audiences. Learn more about the communications internship.

Statewide land stewardship internship

INHF statewide land stewardship interns work hard to maintain and restore native Iowa landscapes for 12 weeks each summer. Interns help manage more than 20 different sites throughout the state, camping each week in state/county parks and public natural areas. These interns conduct land management and restoration on prairies, wetlands, woodlands and savannas on natural areas owned or protected by INHF. Learn more about the statewide land stewardship internship.

Blufflands land stewardship internship

Blufflands land stewardship interns work hard to maintain and restore native landscapes while learning about ecology, land management and wildlife 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. Learn more about the Blufflands land stewardship internship.

Conservation programs internship

The primary task of the conservation programs intern is to write grant proposals to fund land protection. A new role for the conservation programs intern is water sampling around Central Iowa. They may also write posts for the INHF blog, visit INHF properties, and provide other general program support. In addition to these duties, we encourage candidates to create a personal project they can share with staff at the end of their internship. This internship introduces interns to many leading members of Iowa's conservation community.. Learn more about the conservation programs internship.

About INHF internships

INHF offers several paid internships ranging from communications to land stewardship opportunities. Descriptions of individual internships can be found in the navigation links above.

INHF relies on the hard work and initiative interns bring to the team — interns at INHF work on important projects and are immersed in a professional work experience. Interns write news releases and grant applications, as well as design our yearly member wall calendar and restore prairies and natural landscapes. 

While at INHF, interns build their portfolios, gain valuable knowledge about Iowa’s natural environment, learn about the operations of a successful nonprofit and are welcomed as part of the team.

Eligibility requirements

Interns must be attending an Iowa college or university, and/or graduated from an Iowa high school. Non-students are not eligible for our internships. All levels — even freshman and grad students — may apply. Office interns should be able to work a minimum of 12 hours/week during the spring and fall semesters. Summer interns generally work 35-40 hours/week.

If you have questions about these eligibility requirements, contact us before applying.

Supporting INHF interns

Our internships are sponsored by individual INHF supporters, the Robert R. Buckmaster internships, and funded by the R.J. McElroy Trust, the Rose Mary Schwent Internship fund, the Richard “Sandy” Rhodes Internship fund and the Svare Family Internship fund. Sponsor INHF’s internship program.