Mukwonago River Watershed Intern

East Troy, WI, United States 🇺🇸

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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 River Watershed Intern performs and participates in project research, field work and data management. She/he assists in land management duties in the Mukwonago River Watershed. Land management duties range from managing invasive species to mapping and data collection. She/he is responsible for compiling a publications index of all Mukwonago River publications, participating in field work, mapping invasive species and collecting data, and managing ordinance compliance on Lulu Lake. This position will be based in our Mukwonago River Watershed office in East Troy, WI. The applicant is expected to spend approximately 35% of their time in the office and 65% of their time in the field. Housing is not provided and transportation to and from the office are the responsibility of the applicant. This is a full-time 10-week internship position beginning May 22, 2017 through August 4, 2017. This position is paid $12 per hour.


The Mukwonago River Watershed Intern assists staff in land management duties across the Mukwonago River Watershed. He/She is responsible for compiling a publications index, participating in field work, mapping and data collection, and managing ordinance compliance. The applicant will spend approximately 35% of their time in the office and 65% of their time in the field.


  • Compile an index of all Mukwonago River publications for the Mukwonago River Initiative partnership.
  • Participate in field work to map invasive species and remove interior fencing on preserves.
  • Apply herbicide to manage invasive species.
  • Monitor boat traffic on Lulu Lake and compile data for ordinance compliance.
  • Works under close or infrequent supervision.
  • 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.
  • May require considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.


  • High school diploma and 6 months of related experience
  • Must be currently enrolled in college or graduated within 12 months with college-level coursework in natural resources, environmental studies or biology.
  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. Lawn mower, chainsaw, tractor, two-way radio, etc).
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide application, and driver’s license).
  • Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, web browsers).
  • Ability to perform physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions or inclement weather.
  • Valid driver’s license.


  • Basic knowledge of the Mukwonago River Initiative and the Mukwonago River Watershed.
  • Experience working with chainsaws, brush cutters and other power tools.
  • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Experience working with community partners and researchers.
  • Experience using tablets and apps for field application.
  • 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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Job Title: Mukwonago River Watershed Intern (Conservation Practitioner I)

Location: Wisconsin

Job ID: 45099

Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Full/Part Time: Full-Time