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Conservation Programs Internship with INHF

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF)

Position Duties / Responsibilities

The conservation programs intern plays a vital role at INHF by writing grants that provide funding for land conservation and other INHF projects.

Job Description

The primary task of the conservation programs intern is to write grant proposals to fund land protection. They will also focus on programmatic research and outreach for INHF’s trail, grant and volunteer programs. The conservation programs intern works in Salesforce to track grants and volunteer events. He or she may also write posts for the INHF blog, visit INHF properties and provide other general program support. In addition to these duties, we encourage candidates to create a personal project they can share with staff at the end of their internship. This internship introduces interns to many leading members of Iowa's conservation community.

Work Examples

Conservation programs interns have helped write successful grants for additions to Waterman Prairie Complex and the protection of the Loess Hills, Upper Iowa River and Wabash Trace Nature Trail. Interns have also assisted with planning INHF events and have written for the INHF blog.


The conservation programs intern must have very strong writing skills and be comfortable working independently. In the past, we've hired English majors (especially those with grant-writing experience) with environmental interest and students from environmental and planning fields who have strong communication skills. Both undergraduate and graduate students may apply. Applicants must submit writing samples, published or unpublished.


This position is full time in the summer, beginning in May and ending in August. This is a paid position at a rate of $11/hour.

Conservation programs interns work in our downtown Des Moines office and must provide their own transportation to/from work. INHF encourages interns to discover active and mass transit options while in the Des Moines metro area (DART system, biking and carpooling).

Application information

To apply, please send Kari Walker, Director of Administration, the following:

  • A cover letter outlining your qualifications and why you want this position
  • Resume
  • 1-3 writing samples (both published samples and classroom work are accepted)
  • Your college transcripts (official or unofficial)
  • Two letters of recommendation, with at least one being written by a professor in your major. The letters may be included in your application or sent separately by the writer. Include reference contact information.

Applications are due March 26, 2019. Mail or email your application to the address below. Feel free to call or email in advance if you have questions.
Kari Walker
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
505 Fifth Avenue, Suite 444
Des Moines, IA 50309-2321

Phone: 515-288-1846, ext. 25
Fax: 515-288-0137