Land Reclamation Internships; Soil and Water Conservation District

There are many off-campus internships and employment opportunities available to students with sustainability experience. See the following list of links for off-campus work, volunteer positions, internships, and post-graduation opportunities.


Summer intern positions are available in three SWCD offices in Iowa assisting with abandoned mine land reclamation.  Locations include:

  • Knoxville (Marion County)
  • Ottumwa (Wapello County)
  • Oskaloosa (Mahaska County).

Duration: 10-12 weeks, 40 hours per week

Pay:  $10.00 per hour

Qualifications:  Open to any students currently enrolled in college or recent graduate majoring in a field of study related to agriculture, conservation, engineering, construction trades, GIS, communications, public relations, urban planning, or environmental sciences.

Duties:  The Intern will assist the local Soil and Water Conservation District and Division of Soil Conservation & Water Quality Mines and Minerals Bureau with duties including, but not limited to:

  • 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.

Reporting:  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.

Application Process

  1. Download the 2017-marion-mahaska-wapello-swcd-summer-intern-application-form or request a copy of the SWCD Summer Intern Job Application by calling Pathfinders RC&D at 641-472-6177 or email [email protected]
  1. 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

[email protected]

The deadline to apply for these internships is Monday, March 13th at 4:00 p.m.