DeVries Nature Conservancy

Internships


We have many opportunities for young professionals to earn real-world experiences in education, preservation, conservation and related fields. Our staff members include a permanent Education Coordinator as well as a Farm Manager and a Mobile Market Manager, each employed seasonally to handle program-specific duties. Internship applicants seeking to gain hands-on experience through involvement in our regular K-5 educational programming, Mobile Farmer's Market program and market farm operations, or participation in specific Environmental Stewardship projects, are encouraged to send a letter of inquiry or call us to discuss possibilities.

Environmental Stewardship in particular is an area of our operations that stands to benefit most from a qualified and motivated intern, and we strongly encourage post-graduate students concentrating in Natural Sciences to consider what sort of important work we could accomplish together

Internship Title: Education and Events Intern

Reports to: Education Coordinator, Torey Caviston

Internship Summary: The intern will work closely with the Education Coordinator, and on occasion the Executive Director and Garden Manager on educational programming, special events, and other tasks. Duties will include helping to plan and run nature playgroups, homeschool programs, monthly events, three weeks of an art & nature summer camp, plus additional three weeks of adventure camp. They will also help with planning and curriculum design, clerical duties, and visitor studies. Working with your university to establish the possibility for college credit is an option. Applicants must have a strong interest in science, good communications skills and the ability to work with people of all ages.

Requirements: Applicants must be current or recent university students. Primary study areas could include education, recreation, environmental science, biology, etc. Internship dates are flexible but should include the summer camp weeks. 

Interns must commit to a 6 week minimum, with no maximum; and a 10 hour/week minimum with a 40 hour/week maximum. The position can include some weekends and possible evenings. The intern must be self directed, able to work well with others and alone, and have good organizational skills and efficiency. Public speaking skills and customer service ability is needed.  


To Apply:  Email a resume, transcript, application and two current letters of reference to our Environmental Education Coordinator at tfry@devriesnc.org.  

Application can be found here.


Job Title: Apprentice Farmer

Reports to: Farm Manager

Job Description: The apprentice will learn all aspects of managing a market farm and historical agriculture venue.

Job Summary: The apprentice will work closely with the staff of the Heritage Farm to complete various tasks around the farm. Tasks can be catered to the individual’s interests and abilities, as well as their desired apprenticeship outcome. The program pays a stipend of $750 per month and runs from Mid-May to the end of October. The apprentice will work Tuesday through Friday, with the option of working at the farmer’s market on Saturday. Work hours are 8 AM to 5 PM with an hour for lunch. The apprentice gets one week (four days) of paid vacation time. The apprentice is also entitled to produce and on-farm products. There is no housing available on the farm.

Requirements: Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license. Previous farm experience is preferred but not required. Applicants must be self-motivated and able to work independently, must be able to lift 50 pounds and work outside in all conditions, and must have a willingness to learn and a positive attitude.  

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to the Farm Manager at doudman@devriesnc.org, or mail cover letter and resume to 2635 N M-52, Owosso, MI 48867.


Contact us

Mail us: 2635 N. M52 

             PO Box 608

             Owosso, MI 48867

Call us: 989.723.3365

Email us: info@devriesnc.org


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