Conservation Stewardship Intern

Minnesota Land Trust

Summary of Position:

The Conservation Stewardship Intern is responsible for assisting in implementing stewardship activities related to Minnesota Land Trust’s growing portfolio of conservation easements throughout the state of Minnesota. This includes monitoring conserved lands throughout the state, updating baseline documentation reports, maintaining records (electronic and paper) regarding all conservation easements, assisting with violation investigation, and other duties as assigned by the conservation stewardship director. The intern works closely with landowners, volunteers, conservation partners, and other members of the Stewardship department.

The position is for up to 12 weeks during the summer of 2023 (May through August); start and end dates are flexible. Gross pay is $18.00 per hour. The Conservation Stewardship Intern will be expected to work at least 30 hours per week, but no more than 40 hours per week. This is a non-exempt temporary position. No benefits will be provided.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ):

All employees of the Minnesota Land Trust are expected to embrace the ideals of our DEIJ plan and incorporate our DEIJ goals into their ongoing work. All employees should be familiar with the current DEIJ plan.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Assist in the conservation easement monitoring program, including conducting annual monitoring visits, and assisting in preparation of monitoring materials. Approximately 70% of time.
  2. Assist in preparation of updated baseline documentation reports, including fieldwork, compiling conservation data, and utilizing digital photography, GPS, and GIS technologies. Approximately 20% of time.
  3. Maintain records (electronic and paper files) of conservation easement projects and assist with data management and reporting. Approximately 5% of time.
  4. Assist the land protection, fee lands, restoration, and communication teams as assigned. Approximately 5% of time.

Position Requirements:

  1. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  2. Ability to work effectively with a diverse variety of individuals including staff, partners, landowners, volunteers, and members of the Board of Directors.
  3. Well organized, self-directed, attentive to details, and responsive to deadlines.
  4. A demonstrated interest in land conservation and outdoor activities.
  5. A valid driver’s license, access to a dependable vehicle, and ability to drive to locations in out-state Minnesota. Visits to some locations may necessitate overnight stays, depending on the distance and the assigned work.
  6. Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, email and calendar programs.
  7. Professional demeanor and excellent communication skills.

Physical Demands:

  1. Ability to hike as much as an average of five to seven miles a day on foot through uneven, rough, or wet terrain. Comfortable hiking alone. Exposure to rugged terrain, dense vegetation, and stinging insects, including ticks.
  2. Ability to navigate in remote areas with dense vegetation.
  3. Ability to carry equipment while in the field, up to 20 pounds.
  4. Office duties to be performed at a desk and at a computer.

To Apply:

Please email your cover letter and resume as a single PDF to by February 6, 2023.