The Land Conservancy's summer internship program is open for applications

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County has opened its Conservation Leadership Internship Program (CLIP) to applicants for the summer of 2023, which will be the third year of the program.

The application period is open now through Feb. 27. Students can learn more and apply at

CLIP is a paid, hands-on learning experience designed to give students the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the conservation field as a professional.

No experience is needed to apply for CLIP, and it is open to high school juniors, seniors and college students. Participants must be able to work in extreme weather conditions and on adverse terrain.

The program takes place 40 hours per week from June-August 2023, and the pay is $15 per hour, or college credit.

The internship provides underserved communities such as women, BIPOC, first generation and LGBTQIA+ students/youth with hands-on professional training in the field of conservation.

Participants will gain experience areas such as: plant identification, land management, GIS/GPS training, prescribed fire training, herbicide use, rare plant monitoring, wildlife/stream surveys, sustainable farming techniques, land preservation techniques, field safety, scientific research/experimental design, art in the natural world, career development and professional networking.

These skills will give participants a strong understanding of the field of conservation and serve as a springboard for a professional career in the field.

A number of field trips and networking opportunities are available to those selected for the program, including Nachusa Grasslands, Indiana Dunes State Park, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Glacial Park and McHenry County College.

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County is also hiring a Seasonal Restoration Technician for May-August 2023.

The person selected for this position will be the crew leader for CLIP as well as a stewardship intern for the Land Conservancy of McHenry County. This is a 40-hour per week position, and the pay is $16 per hour. More information on the role and application instructions are available at:

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County is a member-based, private nonprofit dedicated to preserving natural, scenic and agricultural land.

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