Land Stewardship Internship Program
All internship positions are currently filled. Starting in October 2015 we will be seeking candidates to fill our 9 month internship positions which will have a February 1st start date.
The Land Stewardship Internship provides experience in practical, on-the-ground land management based on Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic philosophy. The internship is designed to train entry-level natural resources professionals to become proficient in land management tasks and to develop an awareness and understanding of Land, the many interrelationships between natural resources and their management, and the challenges of managing for Land health as a whole and not for individual resources. The Aldo Leopold Foundation property serves as an outdoor classroom, where Stewardship Interns are actively involved in all aspects of management.
The nine-month commitment is more than just an internship—it is an opportunity to immerse yourself in a landscape influenced by Leopold, surround yourself with dedicated conservation professionals, and partake in experiences that will enhance your own Land Ethic. Our objective is to prepare interns for the next step in their career, whether it be a graduate program or full-time employment at a public or private entity.
The internship spans nine months, starting in February and ending in November. As the seasons change from winter to spring, summer to fall, and back again, the Stewardship Crew works in stride with the changing seasons and phenology. The internship teaches both discrete skills (chainsaw skills, chemical application, tractor use, brush saws, GIS mapping, GPS, etc.) and problem solving skills that provide land stewards with a comprehensive toolbox that they can use to carry out invasive species management, timber stand improvement, prescribed burning, and many other projects required to care for a piece of land at any time of year. While the Stewardship Crew spends over three quarters of its time working in the field, when you are inside you will work in the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center—a sustainably built, Platinum LEED certified, zero carbon emission building.
Interns will also be involved in projects that may change from year to year with the Foundation’s overall initiatives and collaborations with partners. Beyond the core yearly experiences of invasives control, prescribed burning, and report writing, interns can expect opportunities to explore, participate, and attend a wide variety of events, workshops, talks, and meetings that will expand their professional networks, knowledge base, and understanding of non-profit operations.
Interns will be expected to work on tasks assigned by their supervisor 40 hours per week. Initially, interns should expect to work closely with their supervisor or crew leader in a team environment. As you gain experience, you will be granted more independence and opportunities for leadership roles.
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The Land Stewardship Internship offers hands-on skills and a diverse knowledge base that creates confident and experienced land stewards.
All 9 month internship positions are currently filled. Starting in October 2015 we will be seeking candidates to fill our 9 month internship positions which will have a February 1st start date.
If you are currently a student, we will be offering a 12 week summer internship starting in late May through late August. Please continue to watch our website for application materials which will be posted in early December.
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This program seeks individuals who pose a strong desire to learn about conservation and land management. Applicants should have a four-year degree in a natural resources-related field, coupled with some previous field experience. The internship requires successful applicants to commit to the full nine-month term (February through mid-November).
We are typically able to hire two to three nine-month interns each year. The internship announcement is posted in mid-late November to hire for the following February. Check our website and various conservation job boards (Texas A&M, Society for Conservation Biology) for the announcement along with a list of required application materials. We have already hired interns for 2015.
If you have questions about the internship program, contact Alanna Koshollek at firstname.lastname@example.org.