The Mukwonago Land Management Intern works with Nature Conservancy staff to maintain habitat quality and manage preserves in the Mukwonago River watershed. The intern surveys and maps species on Mukwonago preserves, specifically orchid species as part of a cooperative project with Riveredge Nature Center. The intern also assists with boat inspections and monitoring recreational boat traffic to reduce the introduction of aquatic invasive species. The intern conducts land management work in the watershed, such as removing fencing and brush and engaging volunteers. The intern collects data in prairie strips in a nearby crop fielMd to assess the impact of this project on insect populations and soil health. This internship is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and learn about prairies, pollinators, and ecological communities in a high-quality southern Wisconsin watershed.
- Survey and map Nature Conservancy preserves for orchid species.
- Assist with public outreach on invasive species by working at a boat launch through the Clean Boats/Clean Waters program.
- Monitor recreational boat traffic on Lulu Lake.
- Participate in field work to restore oak woodlands, maintain trails, remove invasive species, and remove interior fencing on preserves.
- Assist with insect research and data collection on newly planted prairie strips on a TNC-owned crop field.
- Conduct photo monitoring of preserves.
- May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long periods of time in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
- Work under close or infrequent supervision.
- This position may require considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.
- Must be either currently enrolled in college or graduated within 12 months with college-level coursework in natural resources, environmental studies, biology, or related field.
- High school diploma or GED and 6 months of related experience.
- Ability to perform physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions or inclement weather.
- Ability to follow instructions from colleagues and work in a team.
- Valid driver’s license.
- Some experience with conducting field surveys.
- Some knowledge of water quality issues and aquatic plants.
- Ability to identify insect and plant species (training will be provided).
- Experience operating powerboats, including pontoons and single-hull craft, in a safe and efficient manner and knowledge of Wisconsin boating regulations.
- Experience operating equipment such as brush cutters, chainsaws, and other power tools.