Restoration Ecology Summer Intern
An exceptional opportunity for college and post-graduate students seeking hands-on experience within the field of restoration ecology.
Our Land Management Staff is seeking Summer Interns to fill several nine week Restoration Ecology positions. The summer internship is a nine-week program committed to restoring wildlife habitat, preserving high-quality prairies, maintaining trails for public access and planting and harvesting seeds among other things. Interns can expect to use a variety of restoration techniques to remove invasive plants including hand pulling, dead heading and mowing. Interns will work alongside fulltime staff and volunteers in a team atmosphere.
Lake Forest Open Lands makes it a priority to ensure a safe and friendly experience for those visiting our preserves. Interns enhance the trails by wood chipping trails, hedging and removing storm damage vegetation. Interns have the opportunity to serve as Trail Stewards, responding positively and informatively to questions that visitors might have about the work of Lake Forest Open Lands, and reporting any misconduct.
The internship includes a direct educational component including field trips to local environmental organizations, guest speakers and collecting data for environmental monitoring programs.
Candidates should have the ability to work as part of a team and have an interest in working in the field of natural resources, as well as an enthusiasm for environmental stewardship.
The ideal candidate will be majoring in environmental science, biology, or a related field, has experience working outside in all types of weather conditions, and a zest for the outdoors.
- Be 18 years of age;
- Have completed the first year of college or equivalent;
- Be able to help with heavy lifting;
- Be safety-conscious in the use of power equipment and hand tools;
- Assist with and participate in large-scale fundraising events and initiatives; and
- Exemplify Lake Forest Open Lands' mission and values within the community at large
- Basic knowledge of ecological concepts and land stewardship. Working knowledge of local flora and fauna ideal, but not required;
- Ability to work safely and unsupervised;
- Demonstrated ability to establish a positive presence and rapport with staff, volunteers, and preserve users;
- Strong communication skills and a positive, can-do attitude;
- Valid driver's license and ability to drive to various work sites;
- Experience with power equipment is a plus, but not necessary; and
- Certification in CPR and First Aid a plus
Lake Forest Open Lands Association is an independently funded conservation and educational organization devoted to the acquisition and stewardship of our natural landscapes, and to ensuring all generations have a meaningful, lasting connection to nature and our land.
Lake Forest Open Lands has successfully supported the next generation of conservation leaders through teamwork, training, and challenge and a good number of LFOLA interns have gone on to find fulltime employment within the horticultural industry.
All qualified applicants are required to participate in a three-hour volunteer workday as part of the interview process. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled.
Paid position up to $3,200
June 8 - August 10, 2020
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.