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Naturalist Intern: 300 Hour AmeriCorps Member

Posted 12/31/2019
County Ida
Location Ida Grove ,Iowa
Salary A taxable living allowance of $2,469. A $1,311.11 educational award. Student loan forbearance



Plans, develops, coordinates and presents environmental education programs for schools, youth nature camps, and the general public under the supervision and guidance of the Naturalist.

Develops related written, audiovisual, and display materials.

Performs related duties as required in order to educate the public on the importance of the environment and foster a love for nature.

Carries out general maintenance tasks at the Conservation Center including animal care, aquarium and exhibit care, cleaning grounds, and other work as assigned.

The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the needs of the departments.


Ability to serve approximately 25 hours per week from the middle of May 2020 to the middle of August 2020. Occasional nights and weekends are required. No service on holidays. Start and end dates are flexible.

Have a high school diploma or GED, or agree to achieve a diploma or GED before applying for an education award. Be at least 18 years of age by the time of enrollment. Be a United States citizen or have a permanent resident visa. Have a valid driver’s license. Have served no more than three terms of service in national service programs.

Typical physical demands: Requires full range of body motion, manual and finger dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and depth perception. Requires standing, walking, sitting, climbing steps, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and operating a motor vehicle on a regular basis within any given work day. Occasionally lifts and carries items weighing up to 50 lbs. There will be exposure to animals (such as rodents, insects, snakes, turtles, fish, etc.) domestic animals, and other adverse environmental conditions. May require operation of a motor vehicle before, during, or after adverse weather conditions have occurred.?

Prefer bachelor’s degree or be working towards a degree in any of the following areas: Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology, Interpretation, Animal Ecology, Forestry or any other related field.

To Apply
Send a resume, cover letter, and 3 contact references to Danielle Bennett, ICCB Naturalist by email to If you have any questions call the Ida County Conservation Center at 712-364-3300.

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