Anna Beal Summer Intern

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The Nature Conservancy

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Akron, IA, United States

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30+ days ago


Westfield, Iowa, USA

& Letts, Iowa, 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.”


Get your start in conservation as an Anna Beal Summer Intern!
Interns will receive a $5,750 educational scholarship, paid by the Anna Beal Trust of Waterloo, to an Iowa school after completing 11 weeks of stewardship work throughout the state on Conservancy preserves and public agency properties.

This internship is an opportunity for Iowa students from any educational background to learn about Iowa’s natural landscapes. Interns will develop basic land stewardship skills through hands-on experience in a wide range of ecosystems, providing a good base of essential skills and knowledge to work in conservation. Along the way, interns will have the opportunity to broaden their experiences through interactions with Conservancy staff, conservation partners, and by attending natural resources events.

Don’t miss your chance to get a foot in the door!
This work will be a valuable step toward future career paths in land stewardship, fire management, research, biology, and ecology, to name a few. Previous interns have gone on to work in various positions within The Nature Conservancy, as well as with local, state, and federal agencies, academia, other nonprofit organizations, and natural resource contracting.



  • Work with bison
  • Build & repair fence
  • Identify & control invasive species
  • Build lasting friendships
  • Develop teamwork & leadership skills
  • Learn prescribed fire skills (opportunity not guaranteed)
  • Restore native plants and pollinator habitat
  • Protect threatened & endangered species
  • Learn to safely use & maintain chainsaws & power tools


The work entails daily outdoor physical labor for extended periods of time in all weather conditions. The Conservancy will provide food and lodging in rustic conditions (camping or bunk houses) during the work week. Interns should provide their own sleeping bag and tent. Pre- and post-weekend travel to work sites is the responsibility of the intern, and therefore the provision of personal transportation, while not required, is encouraged.

  • Ability to travel throughout Iowa and camp in rural areas
  • Cook and sleep in rustic conditions
  • Work and live with a wide variety of people in tight quarters, requiring respect and consideration for others
  • Work long field hours in an isolated setting
  • Ability to perform exceptionally hard physical outdoor work for extended and irregular periods in all weather conditions and at times on hazardous terrain
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude despite physical or mental adversity
  • Work on tallgrass prairie, deciduous forest, oak savannas, and wetland ecosystems
  • Ability to safely use and maintain preserve tools and equipment
  • Work hard and have fun


  • Undergraduate student, attending an Iowa college or university
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Have need for academic financial aid (please explain in cover letter)
  • An interest in preserving Iowa’s ecosystems
  • A desire to engage in hands-on working and learning experiences
  • An interest in performing physical work outdoors
  • A strong work ethic
  • Ability to follow directions given by Conservancy staff
  • Ability to work independently and in a group
  • Ability to communicate effectively in different situations
  • Ability to work and live with a wide variety of people in tight quarters and stressful conditions


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.


Interns will receive a $5,750 educational scholarship. Half the scholarship will be paid at the beginning of the internship, and half upon completion. Scholarship funds must be paid directly to each intern's student account at their Iowa college or university.


To apply for job ID 52597, submit your resume and cover letter online by using the Apply Now button at
Internship positions are open till filled.

In cover letter, please explain need for academic financial aid.

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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.