Mukwonago River Watershed Land Management Intern

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

East Troy, WI, USA 🇺🇸

Job ID: 53100

Location: Wisconsin

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Temporary


East Troy, Wisconsin, USA



The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube   to hear stories from staff or visit  Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The Mukwonago Land Management Intern works with the Southeast Wisconsin Land Steward and other staff to maintain habitat quality and manage preserves in the Mukwonago River Watershed. The intern will conduct land management work on TNC preserves, assist with preventing and controlling aquatic invasive species (AIS) and assist with agricultural research. This is a full-time, 12-week summer internship position with an approximate start date of June 5th, working 35 hours a week from June through September 2023. This position is paid $17.00 per hour. Housing is not provided, and transportation to and from the office and work sites is the responsibility of the applicant.

General Land Management: (40%)
•    Participate in field work to restore oak savannas and prairies, remove invasive species, maintain trails and signs, and remove interior fencing on preserves.
•    Operate equipment such as tractors, UTVs, mechanical brush cutters, chainsaws and apply herbicide.
•    Assist the Land Steward with implementing ecological monitoring on the preserves

Aquatic invasive species (AIS): (40%)
•    Assist with public outreach on invasive species by working at a boat launch through the Clean Boats/Clean Waters program.
•    Assist with mapping populations of AIS at Lulu Lake, Pickerel Lake and the Mukwonago River
•    Assist with AIS removal
•    Assist volunteers with raising and releasing purple loosestrife beetles.

Agricultural Research: (20%)
•    Assist local agricultural partners with data collection, working with the Agricultural Projects Intern.
•    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.  


We are looking for an intern with an interest in ecology and land management, an ability to work outdoors under challenging conditions, communicate with the public and willingness to learn. 


•    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.

•    Experience, coursework, or other training identifying aquatic or terrestrial plants.
•    Experience or training in operating equipment such as tractors, ATVs, brush cutters, chainsaws, and other power tools, or willingness to learn.
•    Experience paddling canoes or operating powerboats in a safe and efficient manner and knowledge of Wisconsin boating regulations.
•    Experience working with the public 


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world! 

TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ.


This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with TNC’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.” To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit under the FAQ section.

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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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19.   By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.

An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.




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