Land Use Management Intern

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, February 10, 2017, 5:00pm



St. Croix Falls, WI
United States

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The St. Croix River Association (SCRA) is currently recruiting applicants for two land use management internships at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway during the summer of 2017.  The Riverway, one of the nation’s first wild and scenic rivers, is a National Park consisting of 255 river miles that flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest.

SCRA ( is a nonprofit organization that protects, restores and celebrates the St. Croix River and its watershed.  It partners with the National Park Service as the Riverway’s Friends Group.

These positions are with the Riverway’s Division of Resource Protection and are supervised by the lands program manager.  They provide students with practical work experience in the field of land management via on-site scenic easement monitoring and using GIS and other computer tools to develop maps and other products. There are two paths within the land use management internship:

GIS Programing and Database Designing
Land Use Planning

Major Duties

Both interns work with the lands program manager to conduct monitoring of scenic easements at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

  • 60% of the time will be spent (1) creating field information folders for each easement parcel, (2) monitoring scenic easements in the field which requires communication with landowners and skill with a camera, GPS, and observation and (3) GIS analysis and creation of maps that can be taken into the field to identify changes to scenic easement properties.
  • For the GIS Programing and Database Designing path, 40% of the intern’s time will be spent on helping to create a means to track large amounts of dynamic data and developing a process for integrating ArcGIS Collector into land use issues.
  • For the Land Use Planning path, 40% of the intern’s time will be spent working directly with the lands program manager to evaluate landowner building requests and assisting in the development of plans to solve long term land use issues.


  • Food and expense allowance
  • Free housing provided for duration of internship.
  • Training in kayak skills.
  • Up to $1200 for college credits/tuition is provided to the school in which the student is enrolled
  • With 250 hours worked, you will receive a National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass that provides access to more than 2,000 recreation areas managed by five Federal agencies (valid for 12 months after issue)

Skills Required

  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • College student or recent graduate with coursework in natural, physical or cultural sciences; GIS; database management; land use planning; resource interpretation; natural or cultural resource management; outdoor recreation; or park/recreation management.
  • Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team, be detail-oriented and organized, and follow oral and written directions.
  • Good oral and written communication skills. Ability to provide information and safety messages to visitors.
  • Basic computer familiarity, Microsoft Office programs, work with GIS (required for GIS Intern; preferable for Planning Intern)
  • Valid state driver's license is required.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds independently, and up to 50 pounds with assistance.

Work Site and Conditions:

  • Intern will be based at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Headquarters in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.
  • 75% of work will be in the office manipulating data, using the GIS software to make maps, and working on land use related problems.
  • 25% of the work will be in the field conducting easement monitoring and this will involve some physical activity, including walking, standing for long periods of time, and paddling a kayak or canoe at various locations.
  • Internship will run from mid-May through mid-August 2017.
  • An internship of 12-14 weeks is preferred. Flexibility in length of the internship is negotiable with prior approval.
  • A fingerprint and background check is required. 

How to Apply:

Send all of the following information:

  • Cover letter.  State the internship you are applying for.  Why are you interested in the internship and working at the Riverway?
  • Detailed resume, including work experience.

Email to:

Jenny Makosky, River Connections Steward

St. Croix River Association

(715) 483-3300

Deadline:  Applications will be reviewed & considered as they are received, so apply soon!  Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 10.