Mukwonago Water and Land Conservation Intern

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
East Troy, WI, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years


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Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


The Mukwonago Water and Land Conservation Intern assists with projects to improve lake and river habitat, land management tasks, and agricultural research in the Mukwonago River Watershed in southeast Wisconsin. This is a full-time, 10-week summer internship position with an approximate start date of June 3. This position is based at the Conservancy office in East Troy, Wisconsin, and paid $12 per hour. The intern will need to work some weekends, with compensatory time off during the week. Housing is not provided, and transportation to and from the office are the responsibility of the applicant.


The Mukwonago Water and Land Conservation Intern works with Conservancy staff to maintain habitat quality and manage preserves in the Mukwonago River watershed. The intern will spend approximately 50% of their time on water-related projects at Lulu Lake and the Mukwonago River. Key projects include monitoring recreational boat traffic, collecting data for genetic testing of Eurasian watermilfoil, talking to boaters about invasive species, and helping plan an Aquatic Invasive Species public workshop. The intern will also assist with land management work in the watershed (approx. 30% of intern’s time), such as removing fencing and brush and engaging volunteers. Finally, the intern will research the impact of planting prairie strips in a nearby crop field on insect populations and soil health (approx. 20% of intern’s time). 


  • Monitor boat traffic on Lulu Lake and compile data on ordinance compliance.
  • Collect data on Eurasian watermilfoil for genetic testing.
  • Assist with public outreach on invasive species by working at a boat launch through the Clean Boats/Clean Waters program and helping plan a public workshop.
  • Participate in field work to map invasive species, apply herbicide as needed, and remove interior fencing on preserves.
  • Assist with agricultural research on newly planted prairie strips on a TNC-owned crop field. 
  • 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, agriculture, recreation management, 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.
  • Experience performing basic water quality tests.
  • Experience following instructions from colleagues and work in a team.
  • Valid driver’s license.


  • Some knowledge of water quality issues and aquatic plant species.
  • Some experience with insect identification and conducting field surveys.
  • 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.
  • Experience working with community partners and researchers.
  • Experience using tablets and apps for field work.
  • Experience using GIS and GPS.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


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