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Conservation Programs internship

The conservation programs intern plays a vital role at INHF by writing grants that provide funding for land conservation and other INHF projects. The conservation programs intern is also crucial to INHF’s water monitoring program.

Job Description

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.

Your supervisor will be Emily Martin (she/they), conservation programs coordinator. If this is your first time applying to a job or internship, do not hesitate to reach out to Emily at emartin@inhf.org with questions. Applications will be submitted to Kari Walker (she/her), INHF’s Administration Director (scroll to bottom for instructions on how to apply).

Work Examples

Conservation programs interns have helped write successful grants for additions to Waterman Prairie Complex and the protection of the Loess Hills, Upper Iowa River and Wabash Trace Nature Trail. Interns have also assisted with planning INHF events and have written for the INHF blog. Past examples of personal projects include a guide to Story County’s lesser-known outdoor spaces and a report on regenerative farming programs in the Midwest.


This position is open to all majors and skillsets. The most successful applicants will have a passion for conserving Iowa’s land, water and wildlife and a desire to learn how to write grants. The conservation programs internship requires a high level of independence, initiative, and ability to adapt. The ideal candidate will have strong writing skills, GIS experience, and some background in field work/sampling. Candidates of all backgrounds and skillsets will be considered. The position is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.


This position is full time with flexible hours, beginning in April and ending in August. When working in April and May, hours will be part-time to fit the conservation programs intern’s schedule if they are in school. This is a paid position at a rate of $11/hour.

COVID-19 protocols are still in place at INHF. There is opportunity to blend working from home, working from our downtown Des Moines office (social distancing and masks required), and working in the field. This position encourages a healthy work-life balance.

Application information

Thank you for your interest in the conservation programs internship. The application deadline for the 2021 internship has passed. Please check back at a later date to learn about future opportunities.