Crow’s Nest Preserve Intern

Department  Stewardship

Reports to  Crow’s Nest Preserve Manager

FLSA  Non-exempt

Internship Period: September 2020 through August 2021

Position Summary

Crow’s Nest Preserve is made up of 700+ acres of protected lands along French Creek. It is part of a network of nature preserves owned and managed by Natural Lands 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. The preserve hosts a variety of educational programs, including after-school programs, a teen service program, and a summer camp. For more information about Crow’s Nest Preserve and Natural Lands, visit

The intern works with the preserve manager and the educator to plan and run these educational programs and assist in managing the preserve. In this position, the intern would gain experience in a variety of semi-structured and informal educational techniques, as well as the opportunity to learn about the workings of a land trust, become familiar with local flora, and gain experience in land stewardship techniques. This is a hands-on position with training provided. If the internship is being completed for academic credit, we will work with the intern and the school to ensure that academic requirements are met.

Primary Responsibilities

Assists the Educator and other instructors with all aspects of education programs:

  • Plan experiential activities
  • Setup and cleanup
  • Lead children’s activities

Assists the Preserve Manager with land management activities when education programs are not in session:

  • Remove invasive plants
  • Mow lawns and trails
  • Maintain native plant gardens
  • Restore natural areas and hedgerows
  • Utilize power string trimmers, brush cutters, hand and chain saws, pruners, lawnmower, truck and tractor to accomplish land management activities


  • Excel at working with children
  • Strong affinity for the environment and outdoor activities
  • First Aid and CPR and lifeguard training is a plus

Physical Requirements/ Working Conditions

  • Able to work 37.5 hours per week. Generally this time falls during the traditional workweek, but some weekend hours may occasionally be required.
  • Must be available to work all of the scheduled weeks of summer camp. (Camp will begin the week of June 28, and run through the week of August 2, excluding the week of July 5.)
  • Maintain a valid driver’s license
  • Successfully pass a background check for working with kids
  • 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

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.