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Posted on: September 14, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Story County Conservation implements new Land Stewardship Internship

Starting in the spring of 2013, college students interested in the natural resources management field will have an opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on experience with Story County Conservation.

The Land Stewardship Internship program will provide hands-on experience conducting land management in prairie, wetland, savanna, and woodland habitats. Participants in the program will work with the Natural Resources Specialist and SCC staff to restore, enhance, create and protect natural areas in the Story County park system.

“My goal with the Land Stewardship Internship program is to give college students hands-on natural resource management experience during the school year, which may help them meet some of their course requirements," Natural Resource Specialist Amy Yoakum said. "Interns can expect to gain experience in: invasive species control, the use of chain saws and other tools, prairie seed collection and planting, and management plan creation.”

The program (offered spring and fall semesters) is one semester in length and the internship may or may not be taken for college course credit. Participants receive no financial payment during the internship and it is only available to students attending an Iowa college or university. The application deadline for the spring 2013 semester is Friday, October 26.

For more information about the application process, contact Natural Resource Specialist Amy Yoakum at 515-232-6809 or email her at To download an application, visit the employment subpage on the conservation website at

Story County Conservation manages more than 3,000 acres of parks and natural areas, including lakes, campgrounds, and trails. The environmental education staff serves Story County schools and the public with interpretive and informational programs for all ages. Story County Conservation's volunteer program provides volunteer opportunities to individuals and groups interested in making a difference in local natural resources. No individual will be excluded from events conducted by Story County Conservation because of a disability or impairment. To request accommodations to participate, contact Story County Conservation.

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Amy Yoakum
Story County Conservation
Phone 515-232-6809
FAX 515-232-6989

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