For over a decade, Audubon Great Lakes has trained young adults for careers in conservation through our Habitat Restoration Internship program. Annually, Audubon hires, trains, and supervises 15+ restoration interns, who work in crews of 3-4 young adults in lands managed by the Forest Preserves of Cook County and Chicago Park District.
Restoration Internships are full-time paid positions. These internships provide job training and project management skills as the interns remove invasive vegetation, collect and distribute seeds, plant shrubs, trees, and plugs, and participate in prescribed burns. An Audubon Restoration Internship is highly coveted, with nearly 70% of our interns since 2014 moving directly to jobs in the conservation field immediately following their time with us.
Cassie, a recent Restoration Intern, noted the impact of her experience with Audubon: “This internship was a great experience! It furthered my understanding of ecological restoration, and I was able to develop my skills by using various tools.”
Restoration Internships usually begin in the spring each year. The internships are available through Audubon's Wings internship program.
For additional information on the Restoration Internship program contact:
Program Associate - Stewardship
312-453-0230 x 2003