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Pottawattamie Conservation Now Hiring Summer Interns

We're looking to add some budding conservationists to our team this summer.

 Explore summer internships and seasonal opportunities in Pottawattamie County and join a team of passionate and hardworking humans who are doing their best to make this world a little brighter.

At Pottawattamie Conservation, we believe our work should do so much more than provide beautiful natural areas for the public to enjoy for generations to come. We also want our work to:

  • Inspire our community to make changes that improve and benefit our environment,
  • Rejuvenate the well-being of not only our visitors but the ecosystems we all rely on for clean air and water, and
  • Ultimately help heal our relationship with the land we inhabit and are forgetting how to care for.

We're growing our team and looking to find passionate and experienced individuals who believe in what we do.

Will YOU join us?


Summer Internships | Must be 18+

Pottawattamie Conservation offers a variety of fun and challenging learning and career opportunities for budding students who are looking to gain hands-on experience, grow their skills, and expand their knowledge.


Environmental Education Intern | Full-time | May to August 

Applications close March 1st.

Environmental Education Intern leading a summer camp at Hitchcock Nature Center.
Environmental Education Intern Ashely leading a summer camp at Hitchcock Nature Center in 2022.

Our Environmental Education Internships are a wonderful fit for students looking to educate the public about conservation and wildlife, manage summer camps, lead programs, and create learning materials.

Duties include but are not limited to developing and presenting all aspects of interpretive programs including summer camps, general public programs, school programs, and special events under the supervision of the Environmental Education Coordinator and Naturalists and producing environmental education content for the website, social media, and more.


 Natural Areas Management Intern | Full-time | May to August

Applications close March 1st.

 Natural Areas Management Intern | Full-time | March to November

Applications close February 1st.


Natural Areas Management Intern, Crew Lead cutting invasive white sweet clover.
Natural Areas Management Intern, Crew Lead Noah cutting invasive white sweet clover in 2022.

Our Natural Areas Management internships and seasonal positions are a dream for students and individuals who enjoy working hard outdoors, managing invasive species, and learning land management techniques that keep your public parks beautiful.

Duties include but not limited to; tree and brush removal using chainsaws, brush cutters, 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.

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