Jobs Natural Areas Management Intern


$11 - $13/hour


Hitchcock Nature Center; 27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek

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Dates:  Program runs May 1st through August 31st or as the intern schedule permits.
Description:  Responsible for assisting the Natural Resource Specialist and/or the Natural Resource Technician with the management of assigned County parks and/or properties in accordance with Conservation Board policies, state laws, and standard conservation practices. Duties include but not limited to; tree and brush removal using chainsaws, brushcutters, other machinery, and hand labor; invasive species control using herbicide, hand labor, and other tools; implementation of prescribed fire as part of a crew; trail maintenance and sustainability.  Work duties are generally performed out of doors and in inclement weather.  Job duties require a considerable amount of physical activity, including walking, standing, kneeling, crouching, reaching, stooping and climbing.

Essential Functions

Tree and brush removal using chainsaws, brushcutters, other machinery, and hand labor.
Invasive species control using herbicide, hand labor, and other tools.
Implementation of prescribed fire as part of a crew.
Trail maintenance and sustainability.
Assist with the management of county parks including ecological restoration, habitat management, general maintenance and public relations. 
Assist with implementation of prescribed fire.
Perform road and trail maintenance duties such as storm clean-up, tree cutting, erosion control, blading and filling holes.
Perform routine building maintenance and clean work area on a daily basis.
Assist with facilities construction and improvements.
Assist with the development and presentation of educational programs, projects, and events that promote conservation ethics, and natural resource appreciation.
Assist with the supervision of seasonal staff and volunteers.

Essential Knowledge, Experience, and Ability

Qualifications:  Must be at least 18 years old at time of hire and attending or planning to attend college in the conservation / natural resource field. Pursuing a degree in Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology or related field is preferred. Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.  Be willing to become a certified wildland firefighter (S-130/190). Certification in first aid is preferred.   Other:  Non-standard workweek that may include holidays, evenings and weekends. Professionalism and good public relations are essential, as is time management. Internships may qualify for college credit.  Job performance evaluations will be completed.  

I’ve built lasting friendships. I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge from training and experiences that could only be learned on the job.

Camber, Clerk II
Planning and Development
20 Years with Pottawattamie County