The Conservation and Land Management Internship Program (CLM) at the Chicago Botanic Garden offers hands-on mentorship and real-world experience to recent college graduates interested in land management and conservation science. Join federal biologists and partner organizations, and launch your career with practical skills and valuable networking opportunities
Training early-career land managers and conservation scientists
In partnership with federal agencies, the CLM program recruits, hires, and trains recent college graduates to provide them with real-world experience and skills while completing critical work on public lands.
Hands-on mentorship and networking
Interns receive hands-on mentorship by federal biologists and network within their agency office and with partner organizations, launching careers in federal agencies, NGOs, and graduate school.
Applications are closed for the 2023 field season, please stay tuned for 2024 applications to open this winter!
The CLM program is committed to recruiting and hiring Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, as well as interns from other traditionally underrepresented groups in the applied ecology field.
Conducting monitoring surveys on rare and threatened fish, mussel, amphibian, and plant species. Helping to maintain fish hatchery for threatened species.
Conducting field measurements for a drought and climate change study in Buffalo Gap National Grassland.
Scouting, monitoring, and making seed collections on plant species critical for habitat restoration projects and seed-increase programs.
Collecting native seed and monitoring forb common gardens to help determine seed transfer zones.