Internships & Office Support

Summer Stewardship Intern Program

interns raingarden planting 2011TLC tries to provide an opportunity for 2-3 interns each summer to gain hands-on experience with land management and restoration. The interns complete a number of projects such as invasive brush clearing and installing native plantings.

TLC's office is located at Hennen Conservation Area in Woodstock, and most of the Intern work takes place there. Past intern projects have included design and installation of 3 miles of walking trails, creation of native plant gardens and clearing of invasive buckthorn from around some of the large oak trees that are on the property.

In 2011, the three interns installed a raingarden to accept water from the garage's downspout. The garden is now a permanent feature at the City of Woodstock Park which is open to the public 365 days of the year from 8am-sunset.

Interns are also provided experience working with professional restoration crews on projects ranging from ecological burning to invasive species control at natural areas in the Woodstock area.

Past interns have gone on to internships with the US Park Service, the Illinois EPA and the Shedd Aquarium.

Interns must be in good health, able to carry up to 25 pounds, enjoy outdoor work, and have a valid Illinois Driver's License. Additionally, it is desireable that interns obtain an Herbicide Applicator's License so they are properly trained to use herbicide to manage invasive plants. TLC will provide time for Interns to study for the test and will pay the registration fee.

The internships are unpaid, but interns are provided with a small weekly stipend to help cover their incidental costs related to the internship (gas, lunch, etc).

Please contact Lisa for more information. Click here to email Lisa.

College Credit Interns

From time to time, local college students have completed Internships with TLC through their College or University as part of their degree program. TLC is happy to work with students to structure an internship experience that will meet the University's requirements for course credit. Typical requirements are 100-120 hours of work for a sponsor organization like TLC. These are unpaid Internships since the student is receiving college credit for them. College Interns have worked on projects as diverse as designing and installing native plant gardens to writing press releases and interviewing landowners and then writing essays that describe the landowners' relationships with the land. (Note: these stories are often featured on the Front Page of the website under the heading "Voices of the Land.") Contact Lisa for more information.


Office Help

In addition to the Summer Internship program, TLC also has opportunities for volunteers who wish to help with indoor projects such as mailings, document management, file organization and the like.

Projects vary throughout the year. Please contact Jackie for more information. Click here to email Jackie.