Jobs Natural Areas Management Intern


$14 - $15/hour


Hitchcock Nature Center; 27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek

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Pottawattamie County Conservation is hiring for the Natural Areas Management Intern Program! 

The Natural Areas Management Intern program operates from mid-May through mid-August, school schedule permitting. 

Please attach both a resume and a cover letter with your application.

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.  

 This position will assist at Hitchcock Park in Honey Creek, Iowa.

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. 

Non-standard workweek that will 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.  

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.

Perform other functions as directed or as the situation dictates.

Essential Knowledge, Experience, and Ability

General knowledge of and/or ability to learn principles of conservation, wildlife, and fish management and natural resource preservation.


General knowledge of the care and safe operation of both manual and power tools and equipment used in maintenance and repair tasks.


General knowledge of routine maintenance and repair to equipment, grounds, and facilities.


General knowledge of various outdoor recreational activities, such as boating, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing and canoeing.


Ability to understand and follow both oral and written instructions.


Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees, various civic organizations, and the general public.


Ability to learn plant identification (grasses, plants, trees, and invasive species).


Ability to be proficient with chainsaw operation, tree felling and safety.


Ability to work in a variety of extreme environments (inclement weather, extreme temperatures, hazardous terrain, brambles, insects, full sun, etc.).


Ability to perform strenuous physical labor for extended periods.


Ability to work independently and as part of a team.


Essential Education, Certification, and/or Licenses

Must have a valid driver’s license and maintain it throughout the course of employment.  Must have a good driving record.


The incumbent cannot have been convicted of a felony in the past 2 years.


Pursuing a degree in Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, or any related field is preferred.


CPR and basic first aid certification is preferred.

Be willing to become a certified wildland firefighter (S-130/190).

It’s great environment to work in.  I have enjoyed working for Pottawattamie County helping people. 

Kathie, Real Estate Specialist
5 Years with Pottawattamie County