2018 Summer Internships Available at Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Three local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) are offering summer internships in Mahaska, Marion and Wapello Counties. Interns will assist the SWCD and Division of Soil Conservation & Water Quality Mines and Mineral Bureau in their work developing interest in and commitment to implementation of conservation programs and activities.

The internship positions will be 40 hours per week and last 10 -12 weeks, with remuneration of $10.00 per hour. Students currently enrolled in college or recently graduated with majors related to agriculture, conservation, engineering, construction trades, GIS, communications, public relations, urban planning, or environmental sciences are encouraged to apply. Applications must be received by 12:00 noon on Friday, March 9th, 2018.

Intern Duties: 

  • Working with local landowners and partners to develop interest in and
    commitment to implementation of conservation programs and activities
  • Site visits and data collection to document Abandoned Mine Land sites
  • Water quality monitoring through the collection of water quality samples
  • Use of GPS and GIS training to document findings
  • Assist field office staff with the development of conservation plans and
    implementation of conservation practices

Work environment:

This position includes both office and field work. Successful candidates will work as part of a local team as well as independently, be able to traverse rough terrain on foot, spend time outdoors in the summer months, be able to work with the public including landowners and customers, use GPS/GIS tools, work in extreme temperature or inclement weather as required, work around large equipment, and complete work in a timely manner. A valid driver’s license is required.


The Intern will report to the District Conservationist on a day-to-day basis. In addition, the Intern will file progress reports with the Soil and Water Conservation District and Division of Soil Conservation & Water Quality. A background check of the student will be required.

The student Intern will also make a formal presentation at the end of their internship to report on their experience and work completed over the summer. The student is expected to coordinate the planning of this meeting and present findings to interested conservation partners.

Deadline to apply:
Applications must be received (not postmarked) by 12:00 noon on Friday, March 9th, 2018

Application Process:
1. Request a copy of the SWCD Summer Intern Job Application by calling Pathfinders RC&D at 641-472-6177 or email info@pathfindersrcd.org or clicking here to download the application.

2. Mail OR email the completed application (which includes application form, cover letter and resume) to:
Summer Intern Position
Pathfinders RC&D
304 South Maple
Fairfield, IA 52556

*To learn more about the role of Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Iowa visit

**To learn more about Abandoned Mine Land sites in Iowa visit

For more information about a specific position, contact:

  1. Knoxville, Iowa (Marion County) – Kristine Dooley, Conservation Assistant, 641-842-5314
  2. Oskaloosa, Iowa (Mahaska County) – Kevin Funni, District Conservationist, 641-673-3476, Ext. 3
  3. Ottumwa, Iowa (Wapello County) – Jenifer Heald, Conservation Assistant, 641-682-0752