February 27, 2018 Land Management, News, Summer No Comments

Caption: 2016 summer land management intern Gabe Curtis, Ball State University Aquatic Biology and Fisheries major, center, shares a laugh with DNR land managers during a non-native invasive species partner workday.

Complete job posting: InternPostACRESLandManagement2018 (PDF)

Contact: Lettie Haver
Outreach Manager
260-637-2273, ext 8
[email protected]

ACRES Land Trust is hiring three summer land management interns, matching students with expert mentors in protecting, acquiring, researching and managing working land and natural areas.  The program, in its eighth year, helps the local nonprofit care for its growing number of permanently protected lands. The internships are paid with program support by the Olive B. Cole Foundation.

2017 summer intern Rene Lewis, left, a Purdue University Agricultural studies student from LaGrange, spent one of her afternoons as an intern installing a new floating dock at Wing Haven near Angola. Evan Hill of Noble County, ACRES land management specialist, right, supervises the internship program.

Land Management specialist and former intern, Evan Hill, will supervise the summer intern program.

“ACRES interns help with trail maintenance, restoration activities, invasive species management, marking boundaries and other hands-on projects, ” said Hill, himself a former land management intern with the Huntertown-based organization. “We have fun doing difficult, physically demanding work. You’re gonna get dirty, you’re gonna be in poison ivy, you’re gonna sweat. We need workers who find satisfaction in challenging conditions. ”

Casey Jones, ACRES’ Director of Land Management, says managing land is essential to protecting it.

“To protect more than 7,000 acres, ACRES needs help actively managing it,” said Casey Jones, director of land management for Indiana’s largest and oldest land trust. “Interns amplify our ability to get more done in the growing season. They provide a reliable boost during a busy time in land management.”

Through the program, interns gain job skills and direct experience in a variety of high quality natural resource jobs available in northeast Indiana. As part of the experience, ACRES provides expert mentors in areas such as plant species inventory and non-native invasive plant species management.

“ACRES is growing at a phenomenal pace in land acquisition and management,” said Jason Kissel, executive director. “Land management interns help ACRES make good on our promise to protect these places and they gain unique experiences and they get paid to do it. It’s a win-win-win for the organization, the interns and the land.”

Preference will be given to residents of DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble and Steuben Counties and to students seeking a natural resource-based undergraduate or graduate degree such as environmental studies. ACRES recruits its interns through community foundations and Indiana colleges and universities, Indiana Department of Natural Resources and partner organizations.

“We have fun doing difficult, physically demanding work,” says Evan Hill, right of supervising ACRES’ land management interns. 2017 interns pictured.

A complete job post including application details is available here: Job posting and instructions for applicants (PDF).

ACRES members protect 7,047 acres of local natural area and working land in northeast Indiana, northwest Ohio and southern Michigan, forever. Explore more than 70 miles of trails, take photographs, enjoy family time, get outdoors, plan a field trip, get fit, reflect on nature’s beauty or share an adventure, for free from dawn to dusk at a preserve near you: acreslandtrust.org/preserves. Connect with ACRES Land Trust at 260-637-2273, acreslandtrust.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/ACRES.LT.