Apply for INHF's summer land stewardship internship

By Katie on December 11, 2015 in Blog

Looking for a summer internship? Want to help restore Iowa’s natural beauty while learning about ecology, land management, and wildlife? Then apply to be an INHF Land Stewardship intern!

Check out Matt’s story here  and read the description below to get a taste of what exactly the internship entails. Applications for the 2016 summer crew are due Sunday, January 24, 2016.

Job description
Land Stewardship interns work very hard to maintain and restore native landscapes. Last year’s interns helped INHF manage more than 20 sites throughout the state. These interns conduct needed land management and restoration on prairies, wetlands, savannas and other natural areas owned or protected by INHF. Interns also assist with equipment maintenance when necessary (training provided as needed). Students selected for INHF’s land stewardship program will work closely with landowners, other Iowa conservation organizations (both government and independent) and working professionals in the field. Participation in the annual Loess Hills Prairie Seminar will expose interns to conservationists and organizations in a concentrated setting. The program will give interns vital skills and experience for a career in conservation or land management. Pay is $9.75/hour.IMG_2699

Work examples
Invasive species removal, shrub removal, oak savanna and prairie restoration, stream bank stabilization, prairie planting, coordination with landowners and Iowa conservation organizations at sites across the entire state.

This internship is physically demanding, requiring fit, motivated individuals, but provides excellent hands-on experience with natural land management. Interns will work very hard in all kinds of weather, but — especially if they ask questions — will gain invaluable hands-on experience and knowledge about ecological restoration. Driving to various work sites is required, so interns must have a working car. Students of any grade level, even freshmen, are eligible for this internship. Experience and/or farm background helps, but enjoying demanding, outdoor work is crucial. Past interns in this position have included Animal Ecology, Botany, Biology, Environmental Studies or Environmental Science majors and several other majors. This particular internship requires someone willing to work hard outdoors in all conditions (especially summer heat).

20 land interns 1 WEB

NOTE: Because of the large coverage area, applicants must have the ability to travel and to camp outdoors overnight. This internship is supervised by INHF’s land stewardship staff.

INHF selects 8 to 10 full-time interns each summer, who work together as a crew. The job begins May 16, 2016 and ends August 4, 2016. These interns work 40 hours a week (Monday through Thursday, 10 hours each). Camping at parks near the work sites is required.

Application info
To apply, please send the following:

  • A cover letter outlining your qualifications and why you want this position
  • Resume
  • Your college transcripts (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.

Melanie Louis, Land Stewardship Assistant
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
505 Fifth Avenue, Suite 444
Des Moines, IA 50309-2321

Phone: 515-288-1846
Fax: 515-288-0137