Student Employment

Student Assistant Positions, Academic Year

Four student positions are available, two during fall semester and two during spring semester, to assist the CERA Manager with field work (including tree removal, prescribed burning, GPS mapping, vegetation surveys, seed collecting, seed cleaning), and data management and analyses (including Microsoft Access database development and Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping).

For more information, please contact the CERA Manager, Elizabeth Hill.

CERA Summer Restoration Assistants

2016: Four 10-week, full-time (40 hours/week) summer positions fulfill your desire to learn about the natural history and land management of Iowa and work independently and outside on the prairie under adverse conditions (heat, humidity, biting insects) on restoration and maintenance activities at Grinnell College's 365-acre Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA) and urban restoration projects. The Summer Restoration Assistants are supervised by Elizabeth Hill, manager, and Nick Koster, maintenance technician.


  • Removal of invasive species (mechanical and chemical control)
  • Plant and animal population monitoring (birds, snakes, butterflies)
  • Native seed collection and propagation
  • Trail network maintenance
  • Assisting with summer tours, special events, and educational programs

SCHEDULE: 10 weeks in June-August. $8.50/hour, 40 hours/week.

TO APPLY, please send the following to Elizabeth Hill, Macy House; electronic applications are welcome via email.

  1. Cover letter stating why this sort of summer work appeals to you and any experience you've had completing tasks like those listed above
  2. Your résumé listing work experiences and college coursework completed
  3. Contact information for two references

Application materials are due on February 19, 2016.

For more information, please contact the CERA Manager, Elizabeth Hill.

External Internships

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge Prairie Builder Summer Internships

Nature Conservancy's Anna Beal Summer Intern Scholarships (search for "Anna Beal summer intern scholarship")

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Land Stewardship Summer Internships