Internship application instructions

ParkLands Foundation Summer 2021 Internships

Restoration and Management of Native Landscapes: McLean and Woodford Counties in Central Illinois

Internship Goals:

  • Experience hands-on natural lands management by removing invasive vegetation from ParkLands Foundation 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 the land stewards to perform annual management activities;
  • Assist with Foundation activities, site visits, and work days;
  • Learn the importance of managing our natural area remnants;
  • Collect native plant seeds;
  • Assist with data collection as needed.

This internship program is available to students enrolled at a university or college or recent graduates.  Students should have background in one or more of these areas: biological sciences, ecology, horticulture and related disciplines and have interests in Conservation Biology, Ecological Restoration, and management and preservation of natural areas.  Some skills and experience in identification of plants native to central Illinois is necessary.  The position will require physical labor outdoors.  Interns will be hired for 11 weeks of service at a starting wage of $12.00 per hour for 37.5 hours per week.  The intern is expected to report to work sites promptly; work days will not exceed ten hours in length with a half-hour unpaid lunch.  Work sites are at a variety of locations throughout McLean and Woodford counties. Start of the work day may be earlier than normal in periods of intense heat.  Interns will be required to work on some weekends.  We seek interns who are capable of independent work, and have 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.  This work is physically demanding; applicants must be able to walk long distances over uneven terrain and be able to lift 50 pounds.  Interns will work with the land steward, who will be their site supervisor, members of the ParkLands Foundation Board, and volunteers.  Interns will be expected to communicate positively with ParkLands visitors and volunteers, with an emphasis on welcoming visitors from underserved populations. Information about the ParkLands Foundation is available at the ParkLands Foundation web site

General Information:

  • Two full-time internship positions are available for summer 2021
  • Applications are due March 15, 2021
  • The internship begins in May and continues until August 2021; positions are 37.5 hours per week. The starting hourly wage is $12.00 per hour with no overtime pay
  • Interns will work both independently and with others including volunteers, stewards, and professionals.
  • An herbicide operator’s license is required; this will be obtained at the start of the internship. For testing information contact Illinois Department of Agriculture, License and Test Information (1-800-641-3934). Take the General Standards test

Application Instructions:

  • A cover letter; in this letter indicate why you want to be an intern, why you think that you are qualified for the position, and how being an intern will benefit you professionally;
  • A ParkLands Employment Application
  • A résumé stating your educational background, employment history and relevant experience;
  • Names and contact information (Mailing address, Phone Number, email address) of three references;
  • Three Completed Reference Forms  Please provide a separate reference form for each reference provider.
  • Please send in this form by March 15, 2021 to: ParkLands Foundation, PO Box 12, Normal, Illinois 61761, and/or