Opportunities in CERA

Student Employment

Opportunities in CERA

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

2017 Job Description

Summer Restoration Assistants will conduct ecological restoration, wildlife monitoring, and education/outreach at Grinnell College's 365-acre Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA) and on urban prairies in Grinnell. The positions require willingness to work independently and outside under adverse conditions (humidity, heat, biting insects), but rewards are numerous on the prairie! Summer Restoration Assistants are supervised by CERA manager Elizabeth Hill and field technician Nick Koster.

Job Duties

  • Conduct ecological restoration activities at CERA and urban prairies
  • Propagate and out-plant prairie, savanna, wetland plant species
  • Conduct plant surveys and animal population monitoring
  • Conduct annual trail maintenance
  • Assist with harvest and storage of prairie seed
  • Assist with prairie and conservation education activities


May 29 – August4, 2017: $8.50/hour, 40 hours/week.


Please merge the following materials into one document and send by email to Elizabeth Hill or bring to Macy House Room 204 by February 24, 2017.

  1. Cover letter describing your background and interests and what you hope to gain from the apprenticeship experience
  2. Résumé listing relevant work and research experiences
  3. Contact information for two references

Deadline to Apply

Application materials are due on Friday, February 24, 2017

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