Seasonal Stewardship Assistant – Saunders Woods (Internship credits available)

Saunders Woods Preserve is a 25-acre natural oasis for wildlife and community residents in the heart of the Main Line. The Bridlewild Trail passes through the preserve and connects to a wider system of paths that wind through the community. It is a part of a network of nature preserves owned and managed by Natural Lands Trust in the greater Philadelphia area. The preserve is both a showcase of responsible management practices for natural areas and a place where the public can connect with the natural world. A walk here reveals a lively forest habitat as well as an open meadow that is home to a variety of bird species. Educational and service programs are held throughout the year at the historic 1800s barn on the Preserve. For more information about Saunders Woods Preserve and Natural Lands, visit https://natlands.org/saunders-woods-preserve/

Period   June – September, 2018

Compensation  $10 an hour

Department  Stewardship

Reports to  Saunders Woods Preserve Manager

FLSA  Non-exempt

Position Summary

The Stewardship Assistant will work with the preserve manager to implement land stewardship techniques to further enhance the ecologic value of the Preserve. In this position, the intern will gain experience in ecologic restoration techniques, become familiar with local flora and fauna, and have the opportunity to learn about the workings of a land trust. This is a hands-on position with training provided. He or She will assist the Preserve Manager to remove invasive plants, mow lawns and trails, maintain native plant gardens, and to restore natural areas. Tools used in the course of the work include: power string trimmers, brush cutters, hand pruners and saws, lawnmower, truck and tractor. If the applicant wishes to take the position in order to obtain academic credit, we will work with both the student and the school to ensure that academic requirements are met.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Remove invasive plants
  • Meadow, trail, and road maintenance with lawn and farm tractors
  • Maintain native plant gardens
  • Restoration of degraded natural areas
  • Trash collection within Preserves and along public roads
  • Monitoring trails and land for unwarranted use and vandalism
  • Adherence to NLT’s stringent safety program and appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment
  • Utilize power string trimmers, brush cutters, hand saws and pruners, lawnmower, truck, and tractor to accomplish land management activities


  • Strong affinity for the environment and outdoor activities
  • First Aid and CPR and lifeguard training is a plus
  • Able to work at least 30 hours per week.
  • Highly motivated, responsible, reliable, and dependable
  • Capable of performing a wide variety of physically demanding tasks
  • Customer service attitude and be comfortable working with the general public
  • Carry out tasks in a professional manner
  • Adequate skills and a familiarity of the safe operation and care of basic hand and power tools

Physical Requirements/ Working Conditions

  • Must be able to walk, stand, bend and squat on uneven terrain; must be able to lift and carry up to 40 pounds and push up to 50 pounds
  • Maintain a valid driver’s license
  • Must be prepared to work outdoors under all conditions, including heat, cold, and with occasional exposure to poison ivy, biting and stinging insects, etc.

To Apply

Click here to apply using our online application system. Follow the application instructions to submit your resume and letter of interest. Address correspondence to Jeni W. Albany, Director of Human Resources.