Crow’s Nest: Internship Opportunities

February 6, 2023

By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager.

We have three openings for paid internships available at Crow’s Nest Preserve: two are for summer positions in 2023 and we also are accepting applications for our year-long residential internship that runs September 2023 through August 2024.

A woman feeding branches into a chipper.

Photo: Daniel Barringer

First, we have a summer internship in Land Stewardship, which involves many of the summertime tasks that you’d expect: Mowing trails and lawns, string-trimming, brushcutting, and weeding. There may be a little bit of planting, mulching, pruning—all to make the preserve more beautiful, accessible, and to improve habitat. It’s hard work but we provide training and it’s a good way to find out if you like doing this kind of work. You can read more about this 10-week internship here.

Kids playing on temporary treehouses in the woods at Crow's Nest Preserve.

Photo: Daniel Barringer

We also have an internship opening in Environmental Education to staff our summer camps. The programs run June 28 – August 4 and the intern is needed also to help set up during the weeks leading up to camp and clean up the week after. Our camp seeks to build children’s love of the natural world by encouraging unstructured play and exploration in nature. You can read more about our Environmental Education internship here.

Aerial photo of snowy woods, creek, and fields

Photo: Daniel Barringer

Finally we offer a residential internship in both Land Stewardship and Environmental Education where the intern lives on site and experiences the full range of work we do throughout the year. This offers valuable training and experience for people getting started in this field. You can read more about our year-long internship here.

We’ve offered summer internships here for 23 years already, and we’ve had 11 year-long interns so far. Many of these people work today in the conservation field, including several in positions at Natural Lands. Others go on to teach, do research, or engage in other professional fields with a greater understanding of how land is managed and an increased appreciation for nature.

If this appeals to you we encourage you to apply using the links above. To learn a bit more about Crow’s Nest Preserve, go to our preserve webpage.