Natural Lands Management in Central Illinois

**Grand Prairie Friends will not be offering summer internship for 2016. We will instead be hiring a seasonal land steward.**

This internship program is designed for students interested in environmental conservation, natural lands management, ecological restoration, plant identification, and the preservation of Illinois natural areas. The position is 40 hours per week, will require physical labor outdoors, some knowledge of Illinois plants, a strong sense of self-motivation, self-discipline, and dedication to the job. Interns must also be capable of following specific directions, be able to work alone and with others: instructors, site stewards, land managers, other interns, land owners, GPF board members and volunteers. For more information, contact Jamie Ellis (james.ellis72 [at] gmail [dot] com).

Internship Goals:

  • Work both independently and with others including volunteers, stewards, and natural resources professionals;
  • Experience hands-on natural lands management by removing invasive vegetation from GPF sites;
  • Learn to identify native and invasive plant species;
  • Meet professional land managers and biologists and learn management, restoration, and monitoring techniques from them;
  • Coordinate with GPF site stewards to perform annual management activities;
  • Assist with GPF activities, site visits, and work days;
  • Learn the importance of managing our natural area remnants;
  • Maintain local school prairie gardens;
  • Collect native plant seeds;
  • Contribute to management database for GPF sites.
  • Obtain a herbicide applicator’s license