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Pottawattamie Conservation Now Hiring Summer Interns & Park Aides

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 wellbeing 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 

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.


Park Ranger Intern | Full-time | May to September

Park Ranger Intern chopping firewood for the campground.
Park Ranger Intern Sarah splitting campground firewood in 2022.

Our Park Ranger Internships are perfect for students interested in learning the ins and outs of maintaining a park, connecting with the public, and enforcing the law and park rules. Become a jack of all trades! Park Ranger internships are available at Arrowhead Park, Botna Bend Park/Old Town Park, and Hitchcock Nature Center/Narrows River Park.

Duties include but are not limited to; supervision of other seasonal staff and volunteers, collection of fees, public safety, public relations, planning of events, light construction, park maintenance, environmental education, and other duties as required.  Job duties require a considerable amount of physical activity, including walking, standing, kneeling, crouching, reaching, stooping, and climbing.


Seasonal Park Aides

Seasonal Park Aide at Arrowhead Park.
Seasonal Park Aide Charlie helps maintain modern camping cabins at Arrowhead Park in 2022.

Our Seasonal Park Aide positions are perfect for students, retirees, and individuals who are comfortable with grounds, road, and trail maintenance and enjoy engaging with the public.

Duties include but are not limited to; assist Park Ranger with the management of county parks including maintenance and public relations, register campers, collect user, camper and other miscellaneous fees and provide receipts of payment, prepare and collect fees for shelter rentals, perform routine ground maintenance in parks and assigned properties including, but not limited to mowing, trimming, pruning, and trash removal, perform road and trail maintenance duties such as blading and filing holes, perform routine building maintenance and clean and stock supplies in park facilities such as restrooms, shower houses, and shelters, perform other functions as directed or as the situation dictates.


 Natural Areas Management

Please note: Our Natural Areas Management internships are now all filled. Thank you to everyone who applied!

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. Positions for Summer 2023 are now all filled, but keep an eye out for next year's opportunities!


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