Internships at Gathering Waters

Gathering Waters' Internship Program provides rich exposure to the unqiue world of the land trust movement and internships at Gathering Waters often open doors to conservation career opportunities.

Many of our Interns have project-specific goals and work closely with one of our Program Directors.  Many of our interns also see some of the essential, if unglamorous, tasks of sound non-profit operations, including stuffing envelopes and fixing jammed printers.  We hire interns on a rolling basis as we have projects and programs that will benefit from an intern's time and skill set. 

All our interns, regardless of their tasks, work with Gathering Waters' staff, who are among the most fun, energized, and dedicated conservationists in Wisconsin.

Example Internship Projects:

  • In 2010, an intern crafted, marketed and ran our first Photo Contest (see the winning photos here).
  • In 2007 we hired a photography intern to travel the state collecting images used in our successful campaign to see the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund reauthorized.
  • Interns researched, edited and produced both In Their Own Words and Stories of Stewardship, published collections of first person accounts about permanent, voluntary land conservation in Wisconsin.
  • A communications intern in 2010 created the audio slide shows for the Land Trust Stories section of our website.
  • Public Policy interns have included law students writing white papers, drafting communications to legislators and researching special topics for our Government Relations program.

Program Eligibility:

Participants must be enrolled as a student at an accredited college or university (preferably, but not necessarily in Wisconsin) and be a citizen of the U.S. or have met legal requirements to work in the U.S.. We give preference to but don't require work study-eligible candidates.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you're not a student, but are interested in helping people protect Wisconsin's special places, we frequently have volunteer opportunties.  We'd love your help, and promise good company and abundant coffee.  Please contact the office - 608-251-9131 or email

Where are they now?

Here are some examples of the great things our interns have gone on to do: 

  • Founder of the Friends of Mukwonago River

  • Water Resource Specialist for Clean Wisconsin

  • Forest Service of Alaska employee

  • Educator for Save the Bay in San Francisco

  • Member Relations Director and Associate Director for Gathering Waters

  • Winner of the Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship

  • Aquatic Invasive Specialist for UW Extension

  • Communications Officer for McGill University

  • Development Director for REAP Food Group

  • Associate Editor for the Journal of Green Building

  • Conservation Specialist for the River Revitalization Foundation

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